The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved a partnership with Arizona State University to offer existing public health nutrition and public health administration and policy academic programs to students from Phoenix and surrounding areas.
ASU officials identified a need in their region for access to a public health curriculum, but did not want to create a school of public health. They explored a partnership with the UMN School of Public Health because of its reputation for high-quality education and experience with providing hybrid and online education. The programs will address the educational need for public health professionals in southern Arizona and California, and the SPH will be enriched by the diversity of students recruited from those areas.
“We are very pleased that the Board of Regents approved this pioneering partnership with Arizona State University,” says John Finnegan, dean of SPH. “ASU has a reputation for innovative programming and is located in one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the U.S. We see a very bright future for this partnership.”
“Offering the Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota’s highly ranked School of Public Health is a great benefit to Phoenix and Arizona, where the need for public health professionals is great,” says Elizabeth D. Phillips, ASU executive vice president and provost. “This partnership provides the opportunity for ASU’s excellent faculty in public health to work with Minnesota faculty on teaching and research, and gives the University of Minnesota access to new populations, as well.”
The distance Master of Public Health in Public Health Nutrition program will meet the needs of students who want graduate training in health promotion, disease prevention, program development and nutrition interventions. In some instances, courses that are currently taught face-to-face may be converted to a hybrid or online format, and some will also be taught in the classroom by ASU faculty who will have adjunct faculty status at SPH.
The distance Master of Public Health in Public Health Administration and Policy (PHAP) will teach students to translate public health concepts and principles into the health care arena. The PHAP program prepares graduates to serve in administrative and leadership positions in state, city, county, and other community public health agencies and develop successful collaborations with diverse cultures and communities.
Prospective students: Visit the SPH Apply & Admissions page for application details.
~Post by John Merritt