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Release: Dec. 1, 2000

Information session set for UI graduate and certificate programs in public health

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Public Health will hold an information session on the master of public health (M.P.H.) degree and certificate in public health from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7.

The information session will be conducted at sites in Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport and Des Moines via the Iowa Communications Network (ICN), the interactive fiber optic telecommunications network linking educational sites across the state. A list of site locations is provided below.

Jack Barnette, associate dean for education and student affairs and director of the M.P.H. program in the UI College of Public Health, will lead the session. Topics to be covered include overviews of the programs, course schedules, admission and related support services. Time will also be provided to answer participants' questions.

Beginning in spring 2001, coursework leading to the M.P.H. degree and the certificate in public health will be offered at selected off-campus locations via the ICN and World Wide Web.

ICN courses that will be offered in spring 2001 are:

-- "Problems in Public Health: Tobacco Prevention and Control," two semester hours, on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m., and one semester hour to be arranged, taught by professors Paul Pomrehn and John Lowe;

-- "Problems in Public Health: Public Health Program Management," three semester hours, on Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m., and one semester hour to be arranged, taught by Professor Chris Atchison.

One Web-based course, "Epidemiology I," will also be offered.

The information session is co-sponsored by the UI College of Public Health and the UI Division of Continuing Education/Center for Continuing Education. For questions regarding the information session, M.P.H. or certificate program, contact Barbara Scott, program coordinator, at (319) 335-8992 or (800) 553-IOWA, extension 5-8992. Information on the college can also be found online at

Following are the ICN locations for the information sessions:

-- Cedar Falls: University of Northern Iowa, Center for Educational Technology, 2304 College

-- Cedar Rapids: Grant Wood Area Education Agency, Revere Room, 4401 6th St. SW

-- Council Bluffs: Iowa School for the Deaf, Careers Building; 2nd Floor, 1600 South Highway 275

-- Davenport: Davenport Public Library, Meeting Room A, 321 Main

-- Des Moines: Iowa Department of Public Health, Lucas State Office Building, ICN Room, 6th Floor.

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