Daemen College has received New York State Department of Education approval to offer a master of public health degree that started this fall, making it the only MPH program available at a private college in Western New York.
The new 45-credit graduate program, which includes 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 is focusing 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 student 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 graduatelevel 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.”