Master of Public Health begins this fall

Program will prepare graduates to identify, combat health disparities

A new UIndy master’s degree program will prepare professionals to identify health disparities and develop community-based approaches to close the gaps.

Debuting this fall, the two-year Master of Public Health program will be the only one in Indiana, and one of few in the nation, with a concentration in health disparities, the preventable differences in health among populations that can occur along lines of age, sex, ethnicity, geography, socioeconomic status and other factors. The program will emphasize hands-on experience while offering courses in a primarily online format.

Kelly

Kelly

Changes in the healthcare industry are pushing providers to look beyond the immediate needs of individual patients and find proactive ways to improve health for entire communities, said Dr. Stephanie Kelly, dean of UIndy’s College of Health Sciences.

“UIndy’s new MPH is unusual among public health programs and is especially relevant in the culture of healthcare reform,” said Kelly, an associate professor and physical therapist. “The concentration in health disparities has a broad focus, whether an individual has a goal of working within the public health field or is already working as a healthcare provider and wants to expand beyond the one-to-one impact of traditional healthcare.”

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