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Release: July 14, 2000

UI graduate courses in public health to be available via Iowa Communications Network

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Public Health will offer this fall three graduate-level courses over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN), the interactive fiber optic telecommunications network linking educational sites across the state.

The courses to be offered are:

-- "Introduction to Public Health Practice," on Wednesdays, Aug. 23 through Dec. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at ICN sites in Bettendorf, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Sioux City;

-- "Introduction to Health Care Organization," on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 22 through Dec. 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at ICN sites in Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Sioux City and Waterloo;

-- "Environmental Health," on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Aug. 21 through Dec. 15, from 8:30 to 9:20 a.m. at ICN sites in Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines and Sioux City.

The courses are part of the college's master of public health (M.P.H.) degree program. The M.P.H. program provides practical training in public health to students who intend to apply their training in a professional work setting. The program is designed for people who already possess specialized training and/or experience in a discipline relevant to the practice of public health. In addition to completing core course requirements, students enrolled in this degree program apply the knowledge and skills of the core disciplines in completing a practicum experience.

Minimum grade-point requirements for admission to the M.P.H. program are 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission. However, students may register for a limited number of courses, including the fall semester classes, without formal admission to the program.

Tuition is $122 per semester hour for undergraduates and $192 per semester hour for graduate students. A limited number of tuition scholarships may be available to part-time students, based on financial need. For more information, contact the UI Center for Credit Programs at (800) 272-6430. Course registration should be made by Aug. 11.

For more information on the M.P.H. program through the UI College of Public Health, contact Barbara Scott, program coordinator, at (319) 335-8992 or (800) 553-IOWA, extension 5-8992. Information on the college and the M.P.H. program can also be found online at

The M.P.H. courses offered off-campus are scheduled in cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education/Center for Credit Programs at the UI.


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