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SRU plans to bring Master of Public Health (MPH) to RLA beginning Fall 2016

September 4, 2015

Sept. 4, 2015 SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Council of Trustees gave the green light yesterday for three programs to move forward to the State System's Board of Governors for approval. The three programs, a bachelor of science in homeland security, a bachelor of science in corporate security and a master of public health, will be presented for action at the BOG's Oct.7-8 meeting. The MPH has the goal of increasing the knowledge, skills and abilities of students in the discipline of public health. "SRU's degree will have an emphasis on health and wellness promotion," said Joseph Robare, associate professor of public health and social work. "This is of growing importance as health care increasingly emphasizes disease prevention over treatment." In addition to health and wellness promotion, students may select a track in environmental and occupational health. The MPH will require 42 credits and can be completed in less than two years. "This program should appeal to working professionals as well as students coming directly from a bachelor's program," Robare said. To accommodate a variety of learners, classes will involve face-to-face teaching and online learning. Classes will be conducted at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township. "A unique aspect of the program is that it is practitioner focused; students will be required to complete a culminating experience that demonstrates evidence of knowledge and skill-related competencies," Robare said. Graduates of the MPH will be well prepared for entry into or advancement within many of the hottest occupations, including community health workers, health educators, epidemiologists, medical scientists and environmental scientists. "According to Economic Modeling Specialists International data, collectively these five occupations are expected to grow by 14 percent regionally and 16 nationally," Robare said. Students earning the MPH degree will be prepared to take the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing's Certified Health Education Specialist examination, the Master Certified Health Education Specialist examination or the National Board of Public Health Examiner's Certified Public Health examination. If approved by the BOG, the program will begin fall 2016. - See more at here.