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Academic offerings: Many of our courses, such as Contemporary Issues in Health Care, relate directly to the delivery of health care in the United States. Others, such as Introduction to Global Health, explore how low- and middle-income countries deliver health care to their population with far fewer resources. In addition, our courses offer insight into why some groups (the poor, uneducated, racial/ethnic minorities, to name a few) within a population suffer a disproportionate amount of disease and how our health care and public health systems might better respond to these needs.

Experiential learning: Three of our program's courses provide opportunities for students to apply public-health knowledge in the community. Access to health services, the environment's impact on population health, education's relevance to health literacy and much more will be explored by volunteering in local organizations that seek to improve the health of the community.

Employment opportunities: Health care is one of the most promising sectors of the economy for those seeking employment. A growing emphasis in the domestic arena and a retiring public-health workforce will provide many opportunities for employment in the public and private sectors. A study conducted in 2007 determined that by 2012, 50% of the state health agency workers will be eligible to retire. Several studies have indicated that there are not enough properly trained public health officials to replace them.

 

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