|[April 18, 2012]
UC Berkeley Launches Online Degree to Address Public Health Workforce Need
BERKELEY, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
In direct response to the serious, growing need for educated public
health leaders, the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public
Health announces its first online degree program. The On-Campus/Online
Professional Master of Public Health Degree Program is an
interdisciplinary program for midcareer health professionals, who can
complete the degree program while working. The program prepares
professionals to lead the effort to protect against environmental
hazards, prevent the spread of disease, encourage healthy behaviors,
help communities recover from disaster, and advocate for quality and
accessibility in health care.
Students enrolled in the new program earn a master of public health
(M.P.H.) degree by completing 85 prcent of their coursework online and
15 percent on campus.
"Offering coursework online makes a UC Berkeley-quality public health
education accessible to a larger population of working professionals who
cannot leave their full-time jobs to obtain a degree," says School of
Public Health Dean Stephen Shortell. "The on-campus component of
the program enriches the students' learning experience by allowing them
to connect face-to-face with faculty, classmates, and other graduate
students on campus."
George W. Breslauer, UC Berkeley executive vice chancellor and
provost, says, "This innovative, well-designed program reflects our
principles of access and excellence."
The program is expected to expand the School of Public Health's capacity
to address an estimated national shortage of 250,000 trained public
health professionals, with a shortage of 25,000 to 30,000 in California
The inaugural class of ten students began in January. Dr. Nap Hosang,
director of the school's interdisciplinary M.P.H. program and faculty
director of the On-Campus/Online Professional M.P.H. Degree Program,
notes that the first cohort "is a diverse mix of clinicians,
physician-administrators, researchers, and health educators" drawn from
across California and Alaska.
The On-Campus/Online Professional M.P.H. Degree Program is a
two-and-a-half-year program accredited by the Accrediting Commission for
Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges. There are three
admission cycles per year. Financial aid is available to those who
qualify. At full capacity, the school expects to admit about one hundred
students per year.
For further information, visit onlinemph.berkeley.edu.
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