Daemen’s New Master of Public Health Program to Begin this Fall

College is only private WNY institution to offer degree

March 8, 2014

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AMHERST, N.Y. – Daemen College has received New York State Department of Education approval to offer a master of public health degree beginning this fall, making it the only MPH program available at a private college in Western New York.

The new 45-credit graduate program, which will include specialty tracks in epidemiology and community health education along with a generalist track, is geared to working professionals and recent bachelor-level graduates looking to further their education in the growing field of public health. MPH graduates will be prepared for a myriad of opportunities at community-based, global health and managed care organizations, hospitals, health departments, and in public health research.

“The new MPH program reflects Daemen’s long-standing distinction as a leader in the health professions and complements the breadth of existing programs offered at the college,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “By providing this educational option, we will be producing a pipeline of highly-skilled graduates who will be well prepared to meet the rapidly growing demand for public health professionals locally, nationally and internationally.”

With the working professional in mind, the program is designed to offer courses at times and in hybrid or online formats to best accommodate working students. Full-time students may complete the master-level program in approximately 16 to 24 months.

Graduate study will focus on biostatistics, epidemiology, health services administration, health education and behavioral science, and environmental health. Also, a required practicum will allow students the unique opportunity to gain real-world training and experience alongside accomplished public health professionals.

Dr. Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, described the MPH program as “purposeful and strategic in meeting societal needs in public health. As a global society, there is a great demand for skilled professionals to improve the health of communities, whether it’s right here in Western New York or in a developing country. MPH graduates will have many career doors opened because of this program.

“The college,” added Brogan, “is anticipating considerable interest from working professionals in many sectors and from Daemen’s current study body. The MPH program is a natural fit across all majors at Daemen and it is structured to be a seamless transition from our undergraduate to this graduate-level program. Many of our students want to enter the public health field so with the MPH in place they can now continue their studies at Daemen to achieve this goal.”

The new degree is being offered at a time when the public health field is experiencing tremendous growth. According to the Association of Schools of Public Health, more than 250,000 public health workers will be needed by 2020.

“Daemen’s MPH program will allow graduates to go on and support health promotion and disease prevention in our local and global communities,” said Justine Tutuska, chair of the Daemen Department of Health Care Studies. “In addition to the opportunity to focus their studies in a specialized track, students may choose elective courses with international health themes and even have the chance to participate in a practicum in a developing country.”

Interested students may learn more about Daemen’s MPH program at an information session and career panel discussion by top area public health professionals taking place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. March 19 in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge.

Panelists will include Dr. Gail Burstein, Erie County health commissioner; Phil Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Buffalo; Paulette Niewczyk, associate professor of health care studies at Daemen; and Dr. Brian Wrotniak, anepidemiologist and professor of health behavior research at D'Youville College."

To register for the session or for more information on Daemen’s MPH program, e-mail mph@daemen.edu or visit daemen.edu/publichealth.

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