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Iowa State Board of Regents approves master of public health degree program

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa State Board of Regents has approved a University of Iowa proposal to develop a new master of public health (M.P.H.) degree program, which will allow Iowa students to pursue the primary professional degree for public health practitioners.

The M.P.H., to be offered through the proposed UI School of Public Health beginning in the 1999-2000 academic year, will include areas of focus in health planning and policy, clinical investigations, and occupational medicine.

"The state of Iowa will benefit immensely from this new degree program," observed Dr. Paul Pomrehn, UI professor of preventive medicine and environmental health and chair of the M.P.H. development task force. "In the past, people have left the state to receive public health education, so this addresses the need for a degree program here in Iowa. It also offers an exciting opportunity to collaborate with Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa in making public health training programs available statewide."

Students in the M.P.H. program will receive instruction in the core disciplines of public health--epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, environmental health sciences, and health services administration--and will be required to complete a practicum in a setting where these disciplines are applied.

Plans are being developed for joint or dual M.P.H. degree programs in collaboration with faculty at Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and with other departments and colleges within the UI. Focus areas currently under development include global health and aging studies.

For further information about the M.P.H. program, inquire at or write to Program Director, 2800 Steindler Building, department of preventive medicine and environmental health, UI, Iowa City, Iowa 52242. Applications are being accepted for the approximately 20 positions available beginning in the fall semester of 1999.