The Division of Group Well being and Well being Habits (CHHB) within the College of Public Well being and Well being Professions has launched two focus areas to its individualized and on-line individualized Grasp of Public Well being diploma applications.
Along with the individualized curricula that has historically been provided, college students can now specialize within the focus areas of well being fairness or addictions. The main focus areas permit college students to dive deeper and focus on a extra exact space of public well being.
“The well being fairness focus space specifically meets an pressing must make high quality well being care accessible no matter earnings or ethnicity, whereas additionally higher understanding the social determinants of well being that drive so many well being outcomes,” says Gregory G. Homish, professor and chair of the Division of Group Well being and Well being Habits.
Sarah Cercone Heavey, medical assistant professor and director of MPH applications within the division, calls well being fairness “one of many defining problems with our time.”
“We see monumental variations within the well being and well-being of communities, based mostly largely on variations in race/ethnicity and earnings,” Heavey says. “It’s time to deal with these disparities — for extra fairness and higher well being for all.”
The main focus areas permit college students to designate a path once they start the MPH program, constructing each content material experience and creating sensible abilities by way of fastidiously chosen coursework.
CHHB college students are already well-equipped to acquire jobs within the public well being area — College of Public Well being and Well being Professions’ job placement for MPH graduates has been 100% since 2016.
However choosing a spotlight space and focusing on their training and abilities to a selected subject inside public well being will give graduates a leg up on a profession path extra intently associated to the main target space they studied throughout their time at UB.
Graduates skilled to deal with well being fairness locally are essential for contemporary public well being, in line with college officers, who say they’re seeing well being disparities all through the nation’s well being system. These embody inexpensive well being care choices for differing earnings ranges, city versus rural accessibility, and for Black and Indigenous folks, and other people of shade, in addition to low-income populations with better charges of each morbidity and mortality from COVID-19.
The varsity’s new focus space in well being fairness will assist put together college students to deal with these public health-oriented issues and develop real-world options, leveraging their diploma to create change of their communities.