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AIC Unveils master of public health program arriving fall 2019

“Public health is best described in contrast with clinical care. While clinical care focuses primarily on specific patient care, we are concerned with the health of populations.”
~ Frederick Hooven, PhD Associate Professor and Director of Public Health
Enhancing its efforts to prepare professionals to address new and evolving health challenges, AIC will launch a new Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate degree program in the fall of 2019.

The new course of study builds upon AIC’s successful undergraduate Public Health major which was introduced in 2013. Graduates will be prepared to address population-wide health concerns, develop health policy, and solve health equity issues in a culturally-responsive manner, according to AIC Associate Professor and Director of Public Health Frederick Hooven, PhD.

“Public health is best described in contrast with clinical care. While clinical care focuses primarily on specific patient care, we are concerned with the health of populations,” Hooven said. “Public health is a very broad field for which there is substantial demand. The scope of public health has grown substantially over the years and we want to make sure graduates have skills that are valuable to employers.”

In addition to the healthcare industry, public health professionals are valuable contributors to other fields including public safety, education, transportation, housing, urban planning, and food justice. With this in mind, coursework was designed to address traditional competencies such as biostatistics, epidemiology, and environmental management, as well as new evidence-based approaches to health, public health and healthcare systems, planning and management, health policy, and program evaluation and assessment.

Assistant Professor of Public Health Dayna Campbell, PhD, MS, says, “We want our students to be out in the community and to really connect with the infrastructure in Western Massachusetts so that they can become very familiar and engaged in it.”

The 42-credit hybrid program will incorporate traditional and online courses as well as a summer practicum. Unlike research-based programs, AIC’s public health curriculum will focus on practical programming designed to prepare graduates to impact the public health frameworks in their communities. Starting in their first semester and culminating with a community-based project, students will become integrated with local health professionals.

To learn more about AIC’s new Master of Public Health program, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 413.205.3700 or email graduate.admissions@aic.edu.