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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 23, 2003

First Student Completes Certificate In Public Health Program

Pamela Kostle of Walford, Iowa, is the first student to complete the Certificate in Public Health Program offered by the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

The 12-hour program, established in fall 2002, is designed to strengthen knowledge and skills in basic public health competencies. The certificate is primarily intended for current members of the public health workforce, but it also is available for qualified individuals who are considering a career in public health.

Kostle holds a bachelor of science degree in medical technology from Mount Mercy College and is a certified industrial hygienist. She is currently pursuing a master of science degree in industrial hygiene in the College of Public Health and is the industrial hygiene program manager at the University Hygienic Laboratory.

"The program provides a way for working professionals to augment their education with core courses in public health," said Jörg Westermann, Ph.D., director of the Certificate in Public Health Program. "It also exposes students to disciplines within public health that they may not regularly encounter, giving them a broader understanding of the field."

The certificate program courses are offered through a variety of formats to accommodate the needs of non-traditional students. Courses are taught either via the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) or the Internet, or both, in addition to courses already offered on the UI campus and in the college's annual Summer Institute. Students have up to five years to successfully complete the certificate program.

Nine of the 12 hours of certificate coursework can be applied toward the master of public health (M.P.H.) degree if the student has an undergraduate degree, is registered for graduate credit for all of the certificate course work and is admitted to the M.P.H. program.

More information about the Certificate in Public Health can be found at or by contacting Jörg Westermann at (319) 384-4294 or

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACT: Debra Venzke, (319) 335-9647,