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New CWU Master of Public Health Enhances Opportunities for Health Professionals

Central Washington University is now offering a new Master of Public Health (MPH) degree to help health professionals advance their careers

“The Master of Public Health is one of the most sought-after practical degrees in the health sector,” said Tishra Beeson, assistant professor, CWU Department of Health Sciences and graduate program director for public health. “Our program is unique because it focuses on helping students be a part of improving the health of the communities we serve right here in rural Washington. We focus on engaging students in meaningful collaboration with and among community members, in an effort to advance health equity and social justice wherever students choose to work.”

The two-year, 56-credit program is designed to serve place-and time-bound students with flexible course offerings including distance education, online, intensive, and hybrid classes. The curriculum offers students the opportunity to select from a variety of elective courses, allowing each student to customize their specialized area of interest – from maternal and child health, to environmental justice, to grant seeking and administration.

“This degree will open doors for students in a variety of settings, including local, state, and federal agencies, health care delivery systems, and private corporations,” Beeson continued. “Public health has connections to every person, place, and population.”

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