By Susan Groenwald, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, president of Chamberlain University
The transformation of healthcare – both in local communities and around the world – will require the collaboration of professionals in many different areas of expertise. Starting today, we broaden our reach in healthcare education through the establishment of Chamberlain University, made up of a College of Nursing and a new College of Health Professions. Additionally, we are launching a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program that expands the academic offerings of Chamberlain University.
Why Chamberlain University?
Chamberlain University builds upon the 125-year legacy of Chamberlain College of Nursing and fulfills a vision of extending our mission to educate, empower and embolden diverse healthcare professionals who advance the health of people, families, communities and nations. We are excited about this natural extension of our College of Nursing and look forward to playing a bigger role in helping transform healthcare in local and global communities.
In the past century, public health initiatives have improved lives worldwide, including increasing life expectancy by almost 30 years in the United States. Public health professionals transform healthcare by protecting and caring for communities through the promotion of healthy lifestyles, research and prevention of infectious diseases. Public health professionals also focus on food safety, advancement in environmental protection and advocate for policy changes that impact the health and wellness of populations. As the global population grows, so does the need for additional public health professionals and the services and care they provide.
Why Public Health?
Our new MPH degree program is aimed at preparing graduates to care for communities through the promotion of healthy lifestyles, prevention of infectious diseases, and advocacy of policies that impact health and wellness. The Master of Public Health degree program is appropriate for both licensed and non-licensed professionals that have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and with an interest in improving the overall health and wellness of entire communities.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is a 42-credit hour degree program including practicum fieldwork. The MPH degree program may be completed in as few as two years of full-time study. Chamberlain is now accepting applications for the new multidisciplinary MPH degree program; classes will start July 2017. The College of Health Professions will add two certificate programs in global and public health in the near future.
Continuing Our Commitment
Our commitment is to deliver a high value education that prepares students to thrive as a healthcare professional. We call this commitment Chamberlain Care® – our dedication to providing students with the tools and resources to be successful while being immersed in a community of care exemplified by faculty and student support that helps foster academic success.
For more information about the MPH degree program, visit Chamberlain.edu/MPH. For more information about Chamberlain University, visit Chamberlain.edu.
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