Tuesday, April 13, 2010

TSU’s College of Health Sciences Establishes New Master’s Program

College Impacts Healthcare in Middle Tennessee by Prepping Students for the Industry

Recognizing the healthcare issues of Middle Tennessee, the College of Health Sciences at Tennessee State University’ has taken a giant step toward contributing to the industry’s professional needs by establishing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program.

The Master of Public Health program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and will also seek professional accreditation through the Council for Public Health (CEPH).

“The goal of the MPH program at TSU is to train entry-level public health practitioners as well as managers who serve in senior-level positions in the public and non-profit sectors,” said Dr. Mohamed Kanu, the program’s interim director.

“We know it will reach a vast group of students and professionals and will have a positive impact on the State by helping to improve the health of Tennesseans and the quality of life of both urban and rural populations within the state.”

The 42-credit program offers two tracks, Behavioral Science and Cultural Competency, to expose students to various public health competencies including epidemiology, health administration, behavioral science, health education, biostatistics and public policy. There will be evening, weekend and online courses available for working professionals and non-traditional students.

Kanu hopes the program will attract local healthcare professionals to TSU and prepare graduates to be healthcare practitioners, advocates, researchers and educators.

“Nashville provides a unique niche in the national healthcare industry as home to more than 30 major healthcare companies that own or operate nearly half of the investor-owned hospitals in the United States. Establishing this degree programs will not only enhance the knowledge of students but also provide opportunities for practicing professionals to sharpen their skills,” Kanu added.

Applications are currently being accepted through July. For more information about the Master of Public Health degree program at TSU, contact Dr. Mohamed Kanu at 615.963.7326.

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