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.