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Iowa State Board of Regents approves master of public health degree
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa State Board of Regents has approved a University
of Iowa proposal to develop a new master of public health (M.P.H.) degree
program, which will allow Iowa students to pursue the primary professional
degree for public health practitioners.
The M.P.H., to be offered through the proposed UI School of Public Health
beginning in the 1999-2000 academic year, will include areas of focus in
health planning and policy, clinical investigations, and occupational medicine.
"The state of Iowa will benefit immensely from this new degree
program," observed Dr. Paul Pomrehn, UI professor of preventive medicine
and environmental health and chair of the M.P.H. development task force.
"In the past, people have left the state to receive public health
education, so this addresses the need for a degree program here in Iowa.
It also offers an exciting opportunity to collaborate with Iowa State University
and the University of Northern Iowa in making public health training programs
Students in the M.P.H. program will receive instruction in the core
disciplines of public health--epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral
sciences, environmental health sciences, and health services administration--and
will be required to complete a practicum in a setting where these disciplines
Plans are being developed for joint or dual M.P.H. degree programs in
collaboration with faculty at Iowa State University, the University of
Northern Iowa and with other departments and colleges within the UI. Focus
areas currently under development include global health and aging studies.
For further information about the M.P.H. program, inquire at email@example.com
or write to Program Director, 2800 Steindler Building, department of preventive
medicine and environmental health, UI, Iowa City, Iowa 52242. Applications
are being accepted for the approximately 20 positions available beginning
in the fall semester of 1999.