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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is introducing a new master of public health degree program offered through the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior’s Department of Applied Health.

The first cohort will begin in fall 2019.

siuelogoThe MPH is an interdisciplinary program that addresses the health of worldwide populations, covering the five core areas of public health, including biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences.

The master’s of public health is widely regarded as the entry-level degree for leadership positions in a variety of settings, including local, state, national and international health agencies.

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for public health professionals are rising faster than average for all occupations nationally,” said Master’s of Public Health Graduate Program Director Michelle Cathorall. “Our students will be highly-prepared to excel in those roles due to our rigorous curriculum, hands-on learning opportunities and global experiences.”

“Our MPH is an exciting addition to SIUE’s growing portfolio of health-science programs, which includes our undergraduate public health program,” said the school’s interim Dean Paul Rose, PhD. “The public health faculty’s expertise and student-centeredness are well-known, as is the program’s reputation for engagement in nearby communities.”

Graduates of SIUE’s Master’s of Public Health program will be prepared to pursue an advanced degree in public health (PhD or DrPH), or a professional degree in medicine, nursing, pharmacy or dentistry.

For more information, visit siue.edu/grad/public-health.