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    Morehouse School of Medicine Enhances Public Health Program

    Morehouse School of Medicine Enhances Public Health Program

    Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) announces plans to restructure its existing Master of Public Health (MPH) program from a track-based curriculum to a generalist curriculum focused on community health to better support the mission, goals and strategic initiatives of the institution.  Toward this end, the MPH Program will be realigned from a unit within the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine to a centrally located academic program within the institution.

    Dean and Executive Vice President Valerie Montgomery Rice charged the MPH Program with assessing its current structure and function to ensure alignment with the goals and initiatives of MSM and to ensure fiscal efficiency. The current enhancements, under the leadership of Interim MPH Director, Dr. Stephanie Miles-Richardson, will better position the MPH Program to fulfill its role in providing the public health theory that supports the social mission of MSM. “Thank you for stepping up and accepting the challenge of leading the program to its place of greatness,” said Dean Montgomery Rice. “With the proposed changes, I am sure we will get to excellence.”

    The newly designed generalist degree program will remain at 48-credit hours with core courses, electives, and additional required courses. The new curriculum will ensure that all MSM MPH degree recipients are proficient in the community focused work that undergirds the social mission of the institution, while still meeting or exceeding the accreditation standards set forth by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).  Additionally, although the Program will no longer require students to focus on specific tracks, students will have the opportunity to customize their MPH degree through their choice of up to seven electives. The additional requirements of Practicum Experience, Public Health Leadership Seminars, Career Development Workshops, and Culminating Experience will remain to ensure that students have the practical, research, communication and professional skills necessary to become leaders in the public health profession.

    The track-based curriculum will be phased out by Fall 2013. Current students will not be adversely affected by modifications to the curriculum and will be able to continue matriculation based on the curriculum under which they were admitted.

    “We are excited about our new curriculum” said Interim Director Miles-Richardson.  These enhancements will allow us to better articulate our niche, to capitalize on our strengths of community based public health, and to identify areas ripe for interdisciplinary collaboration within MSM and for partnership with other institutions.”  

    The MSM MPH Program was established in 1995 to address the increasing shortage of underrepresented minorities in leadership positions in the field of public health. The Program was accredited initially in 1999 by CEPH, making it the first accredited MPH Program at a Historically Black College & University. The Program was reaccredited in 2007 for the maximum term of seven years. To date, over 200 graduates are working in the field of public health. Additionally, approximately 10% of graduates have earned or are pursuing advanced degrees.