The Faculty of Public Well being, housed within the WVU Well being Sciences Heart (pictured), is residence to the brand new absolutely on-line Grasp of Science in Inhabitants Well being program, one in every of solely seven of its sort within the nation being provided by a CEPH-accredited college.
Whereas the world has been centered on COVID-19 as a well being disaster, particular person communities could produce other particular well being considerations that want consideration. Inhabitants well being, which integrates healthcare and public well being practices, is an rising healthcare discipline that permits professionals to establish a domestically urgent well being problem, intervene and rework the group’s well being outcomes.
Housed in West Virginia University’s School of Public Health, the brand new Master of Science in Population Health program—one in every of solely seven of its sort being provided by a CEPH-accredited school —is designed to arrange graduates for occupations on this discipline, that are projected to develop by practically 20% throughout the nation over the subsequent 10 years, putting this rising discipline of research in excessive pupil demand.
“The panorama of well being and healthcare is quickly evolving and, in consequence, public well being coaching wants have considerably grown,” stated Dr. Jeffrey Coben, dean of the Faculty of Public Well being and affiliate vice chairman for Health Affairs. “This program offers one other path for the WVU Health Sciences to satisfy itscommitment to enhancing the wellness of all West Virginians. Particularly, it opens up distinctive alternatives for West Virginia’s workforce, together with these presently within the public well being sector who wish to broaden their abilities, in addition to these healthcare professionals concerned with direct affected person care who’re looking for a co-training expertise.”
Dr. Lee Smith, govt director of the Monongalia County Well being Division, welcomes the alternatives this system will make obtainable to his staff and past.
“For a few years, Monongalia County Well being Division has loved an important partnership with the WVU Faculty of Public Well being, as highlighted by our distinctive Academic Health Department recognition,” Smith stated. “A essential subsequent step in our partnership is increasing instructional choices obtainable to native public well being staff, giving them larger entry to skilled certificates and levels that may improve their abilities and empower them to make larger modifications in our group. This program opens up necessary doorways for not solely our staff, however for the bigger public well being workforce.”
WVU’s M.S. in Inhabitants Well being is well-positioned to fulfill the rising wants of the labor market. Moreover, Erik Carlton, affiliate dean for skilled packages, says this system’s flexibility and streamlined method distinguish it even additional.
“As a completely on-line, 30-credit hour program that offers college students the choice to finish in a single or two years, our grasp’s in inhabitants well being is uniquely designed to fulfill the wants of a variety of execs,” Carlton stated.
Software deadline for the autumn 2021 semester is Aug.15. Electronic mail SPHGradPrograms@hsc.wvu.edu to provoke the appliance course of.
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