University of Kansas Medical Center launches online concentration in Master of Public Health

The KU Medical Center and Edwards Campus partnered to launch an online master’s concentration and graduate certificates in public health, fulfilling a growing need

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OVERLAND PARK (Sept. 23, 2021) – Making the world a healthier place is a key motivator that brings together all public health organizations and professionals. The University of Kansas Medical Center partnered with the KU Edwards Campus to launch an online generalist concentration for the Master of Public Health degree along with related online certificates in essentials of public health, epidemiology, and public health practice, policy and management. The new concentration and related certificates were developed by the KU School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health and will be delivered online through the KU Edwards Campus, leveraging its expertise in providing workforce development in the Kansas City metropolitan region, the state of Kansas and nationwide.

Public health is focused on preventing and mitigating disease outbreaks and addressing systemic health challenges that affect the health of communities and population groups. With a global pandemic still attacking communities, public health professionals are in greater need than ever.

“We are proud to partner with KU Medical Center to offer these important programs,” said Dean of the KU Edwards Campus and School of Professional Studies Stuart Day. “We’re thrilled to educate more students in public health so they can advance their careers and serve their communities, filling a major need.”

These programs provide a background in key aspects of public health, including epidemiology, policy, administration, and environmental health and data management, helping students pursue and advance their careers in areas such as:

  • Community health
  • Public health education
  • Emergency management
  • Epidemiology
  • Global health
  • Public policy
  • Environmental health

“We wanted to bring our CEPH-accredited MPH degree to our regional community and beyond to help strengthen the public health workforce and show a new generation the importance of public health,” said Won Choi, professor and vice chair for education in KU School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health. “COVID-19 has really shown the importance of public health in addressing the current pandemic.”

For more information about the program’s curriculum, admission information and tuition, visit the public health program page.

About the University of Kansas Medical Center

The University of Kansas Medical Center’s mission is to educate exceptional health care professionals through a full range of undergraduate, graduate, professional, postdoctoral and continuing education programs in the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions. KU Medical Center also advances the health sciences through world-class research programs; provides compassionate and state-of-the-art patient care in an academic medical center environment; and works with communities in every Kansas county to improve the health of Kansans.

About The University of Kansas

The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university. Its mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world. The KU Edwards Campus at 127th Street and Quivira Road in Overland Park brings the high-quality academic, professional and continuing education programs as well as research and public-service benefits of KU to the Greater Kansas City community in order to serve the workforce, economic and community development needs of the region.

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