GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 4, 2016—The Western Michigan University Master of Public Health Program’s first cohort of 24 students gathered for orientation and their first class on Friday, Sept. 23 at WMU’s downtown Grand Rapids location.
Students from across Michigan are participating in the MPH program, which is a practicum-based, hybrid program designed to allow students to complete the degree in two years. Students will work collaboratively online, in person and within the community through a required hands-on practicum.
“The MPH degree is recognized globally as the benchmark academic credential for professionals requiring formal public health graduate education,” said Roxanne Buhl, WMU-Grand Rapids regional director. “WMU has recognized this need and offers its students, who are working health professionals, a solution that allows them to continue working while completing their degrees from home.”
The program also includes a one-week summer intensive component in which students and WMU faculty members meet in person at WMU-Grand Rapids, June 4-9.
“We are building on the success of WMU’s top-rated health and human services programming and seeking to meet the regional need for graduate education in public health,” said Buhl.
Individuals interested in learning more about the program can visit with faculty, advisors, and staff during an upcoming information session on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at WMU’s Grand Rapids Beltline location at 2333 East Beltline SE.