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UNR Master of Public Health program now accredited
by Tribune Staff
Aug 18, 2011 | 478 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The University of Nevada, Reno Master of Public Health (MPH) Program has received notification of accreditation by the Council of Education for Public Health for a five-year term, extending through July 1, 2016. The program, in the School of Community Health Sciences, is the only accredited MPH program in the state and is one of only 23 programs west of the Mississippi to hold the accreditation. 

“This is very significant for our state,” said Trudy Larson, director of the school. “All you have to do is look at Nevada’s statistics for health. We have a severely strained infrastructure. We need people with this level of education and training to tackle our challenging health care issues.” 

The program offers two areas of specializations. Those specializing in epidemiology focus on the distribution and determinants of health, disease, injuries and disability in populations. As practitioners, they will gather and analyze data to identify public health trends and issues.

Those specializing in social and behavioral health focus on the psychological, behavioral, social, cultural and institutional factors that affect individual and population health. They often work to help solve the public health problems identified by the epidemiologists by designing and implementing programs that include health promotion, health education, public policy, services and interventions. 

Because many of those seeking a Master of Public Health degree are working professionals, most of the courses are offered in the evening or online. Larson said the degree and its rigorous 43-credit curriculum makes its graduates “very employable,” and that many recent graduates hold leadership positions in health and human services in the state and western region. 
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