How NEIT Conquers the Challenges of Educating Master of Public Health (MPH) Graduates

With rapid advances in research and changes in the social and environmental aspects of the 21st century¹, the public health community recognizes that innovative approaches must become the norm in educating MPH graduates.

A set of revised core competencies for public health education was issued in 2006 as a guide for graduate education in public health, geared towards “improving the quality and accountability of graduate public health education and training.”² Most recently, in 2014, the “Framing the Future” report states that “MPH degrees of the future will ground students in a rigorous, integrated, public health core and focus on specialized skill building in a defined area of expertise,”³  The report also projects that enrollment in the MPH degree will continue to grow as organizations and societies increasingly understand the value of population health.

By launching an online MPH degree in Rhode Island, NEIT is preparing MPH professionals of the future in  a couple of key ways:

  • The MPH degree is a professional degree focused on the interdisciplinary nature of public health,
  • The MPH degree applies management science principles along with public health science to prepare students to lead community efforts, engage with traditional and non-traditional partners to promote healthy communities and work in teams to address new or known social, environmental, physical or emotional public health threats.

NEIT’s MPH program also prepares graduates to address contemporary public health challenges through training in applied public health practice, working in teams with professionals from other disciplines, studying real case-studies, and spending significant time in specialized laboratories conducting hands-on work.  Additionally, students in the program study health disparities in real communities, using their data to inform policy, learn how to involve private partners and health care practitioners to bring resources together, and develop leadership concepts to break existing silos, test new grounds and challenge known practices.

NEIT’s MPH program is based on the practical applications of science and hands-on experiences using high technology. MPH topics are selected to prepare graduates to meet the needs of existing and emerging public health threats, such as natural disasters, an epidemic, Zika virus, HIV, a mercury spill or a mass shooting.

Ready to join the rapidly expanding field of heath care and make a difference in the world? Learn more about the Master’s in Public Health program at New England Tech, and start turning your passion into a great career.

¹Institute of Medicine, “The future of the public’s health in the 21st century”, The National Academies Press; 2003.
²Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) Education Committee, “Master’s Degree in Public Health Core Education Committee, “Master’s Degree in Public Health Core
³Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPHP), “Framing the Future, A Master of Public Health Degree for the 21st century”, Revised Final Report, November 3, 2014.

WordCamp RI Featured On Rhode Island WPRI The Rhode Show

WordCamp RI is happening this Friday and Saturday, September 30 & October 1 at the New England Tech East Greenwich campus.

Watch the video below to hear what WPRI’s The Rhode Show and our very own Ajay Coletta and Tim Henry have to say about it – then click HERE to learn more.

WordCamp Rhode Island – Friday September 30 to Saturday October 1, 2016

What is WordCamp, and especially what is WordCamp RI?

New England Tech 2016 WordPress WordCampWhat to Expect at WordCamp RI

  • It’s about everything WordPress
  • The content of sessions is firmly focused on using, and developing for, WordPress
  • For using WordPress there are sessions about Blogging, Business, and Creating content
  • Developing for WordPress means sessions about how to use code to create a unique website
  • Create your own apps
  • Learn the latest in online security
  • Buy Your Tickets HERE


The best bargain you’ll get all year

WordCamps are meant to be low-key local gatherings that are affordable — cheap, even — to allow people from all walks of life to attend, meet, share, and learn. Sponsorships and donations make this possible, keeping ticket prices low. WordCamp RI is one of the best bargains around.


John Maeda - Automattic Rhode Island WordCampKeynote speaker

 John Maeda, the Global Head of Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic (the company behind WordPress and numerous other web platforms), will be speaking on Saturday, October 1st. Maeda is an American executive spearheading a new convergence across the design and technology industries. He previously served as Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a world-leading venture capital firm. An internationally recognized speaker and author, his books include The Laws of Simplicity, Creative Code and Redesigning Leadership. He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, an MBA from Arizona State U, and a PhD from University of Tsukuba in Japan.


Making connections, promoting collaboration

Getting to meet and learn from other WordPress users face-to-face is one of the main reasons people attend WordCamps. In addition to the workshops and sessions, WordCamp RI has a Happiness Bar staffed with experienced WordPress volunteers who try to help fellow attendees with their WordPress questions. Not only learning from each other, attendees often find new collaborators, employees/employers and potential co-conspirators in the WordCamp crowd. These new relationships can lead to exciting WordPress projects throughout the year.


Locally organized and focused

Each individual event is organized by local WordPress users, developers and fans.


Volunteers everywhere

It is generally acknowledged that participating in WordCamps is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to give something back to the WordPress community. Each WordCamp is operated by tireless volunteers, from the organizers who plan it all to the volunteers who work the event and the speakers who donate their time to teach you new things. It takes a lot of people to make a WordCamp happen, so remember to thank the volunteers who made it possible.


Fun. Fun! More fun!!

We almost forgot to mention the most obvious part of WordCamps: they’re fun!  You’ll meet people who are crazy smart, insanely inspired and inspiring, and maybe even a handful of talented singers. Most WordCamps follow the conference with an After-Party at a nearby location where you can mingle with your new friends and hatch your (WordPress-based, of course) plot to take over the world.


What will happen at WordCamp RI

Both Friday and Saturday there will be the Happiness Bar (a.k.a. Help Desk) where you can sit down with a volunteer and work on the answers to your WordPress questions.  Laptops are welcome!


Friday is Workshop Day

Make sure you bring your laptop!

There will be both intermediate and advanced coding sessions going on all day Friday.  In addition, there will be two beginner workshop tracks.  Each track will take you from start to finish for your very own blog, website, or online portfolio.

One beginner workshop will be for those who want to focus on what they put on their website or blog or portfolio.  They want to leave coding to someone else.  By the way, these websites range in price from free to moderately priced.

The other beginner workshop is for those who like a little more control over how their website will operate.  These websites range from very low to moderately priced.

Information about the price is provided during the workshop so that you’ll know what your options are.  WordCamp RI will not be collecting any money, nor does it receive any compensation, for any website services you might decide to purchase.


Saturday is Seminar Day

Saturday you’ll have the chance to attend a variety of 45-minute seminars throughout the day.  The topics will range from developer coding to creating content to best business practices.

  • Lunch is included each day
  • There is an After-Party at the close of the conference on Saturday.
  • All of these elements are included in the price of your ticket!


About the Venue

 New England Institute of Technology is hosting WordCamp RI for the second year at its newest campus. The address is One New England Tech Boulevard, East Greenwich, RI.


Past attendees have raved above the facilities. Many positive responses included:

“New England Institute of Technology was without doubt *the* best host possible.”

“Parking was superb. Location superb. Size of building was fantastic.”

“This venue was very nice and the facilities were top notch.”

“The venue was the best I’ve ever been to for Wordcamp, particularly because of free parking how easy it was to find. There were screens all over the place with helpful event information.”

“Everyone was helpful, nice and cooperative. I could easily tell where to go and the venue was AWESOME!”

“Wifi access was good. There were both stairs and elevators. Facility clean and neat. Good restrooms. Free parking. Easy to find.”

“Wonderful facility, everything was easily accessible, volunteers were extremely helpful.”

“Extremely helpful & friendly volunteers, gorgeous facilities, delicious lunch.”

“The venue, NEIT was really comfortable, and the staff helpful.”

“New England Tech was a beautiful, modern locale that accommodated all the concerns of WordCamp.”

“Perfect setup for this conference – places to congregate informally, theater was the right size. Plenty of places to plug in in classroom and theater. Lots of opportunity and incentive to meet and talk with new people.”

“I wish we could have one at this venue every 3 months!”


We look forward to seeing you at WordCamp from Friday, September 30 & Saturday October 1, 2016

For more information and to purchase tickets visit

#wordcampri #wordcamp #wordpress

New England Tech faculty member Heidi Allen recipient of the Fulbright Specialist Program Grant

NEIT's Heidi Allen Receives Fulbright Specialist Program GrantFaculty Member Receives Fulbright Specialist Program Grant

Heidi Allen, Esq., Associate Professor in our Business Management Technology program, has received a grant from the Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP). FSP awards grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals in select disciplines to engage in short-term, collaborative projects in over 100 countries worldwide.

During the spring quarter, Heidi will spend six weeks in the English Language Division in the Business Department at the University of Mining in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.

In this capacity, she will teach English for Business Purposes to undergraduate students and work with university instructors on curriculum development. In addition, she will conduct workshops for university instructors and local teachers. Heidi is so excited to have been chosen for this program and is looking forward to teaching English as a Second Language –the focus of her master’s degree.

Heidi has been teaching at NEIT since 1989. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University, a master’s degree in Education from Rhode Island College, and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School.

Поздоровлення, Heidi! (Congratulations in Ukrainian)