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UNH Manchester Program Aims to Increase Public Health Professional Numbers

August 8, 2007

Everyday NH’s public health professionals are working to protect and promote the health of NH residents. They do this by assessing community health needs, investigating disease outbreaks, conducting health promotion programs, and facilitating access to healthcare services.

“Equipping public health professionals with the core public health knowledge and skills to perform these tasks is the mission of UNH’s Master of Public Health Program” states Rosemary Caron, master of public health (MPH) program director.

The MPH program currently offers two graduate level opportunities. Accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health, the MPH degree is a 48 credit program that can be completed on a part-time basis over a two-year period. The Public Health Certificate (PHC) is a new twelve-credit, one-year program for those desiring a basic introduction into public health sciences. Graduates of the PHC program can apply for entry into the MPH program, and if accepted, transfer credits earned toward their MPH. Classes for both programs are offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the UNH Manchester campus.

Both the MPH and PHC provide: 1) a quality education in core public health fundamentals, 2) the ability to meet and learn from public and private public health leadership, 3) the flexibility to allow students to tailor coursework to their specific public health role/responsibilities, and 4) a class schedule that accommodates working public health professionals.

“The UNH MPH program has provided me with the knowledge, tools, and expertise I was looking for, and it has already helped me to further my career in the public health arena” Rick Rumba, environmental health program administrator, NH Department of Environmental Services.

For more information about the Master of Public Health or the Public Health Certificate, visit the program website at http://www.shhs.unh.edu/hmp/programshmp.html. For questions about the MPH program, contact Rosemary Caron at rosemary.caron@unh.edu or by phone at 2- 3653. For questions about the PHC program, contact Holly Tutko at holly.tutko@unh.edu or by phone at 2-1128.

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