-- The University of Southern Mississippi is offering busy professionals
a new method of study that will fit right in with their work schedules.
Executive Master's of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration
program presents students the opportunity to complete intensive
study in 14 months in the classroom and online. Classes meet for
three Friday-Saturday sessions each semester on the Southern Miss
Gulf Coast campus, with the rest of the work completed through the
program is offered in a format conducive to professionals who can't
give up their jobs to go back to school," said Dr. Joan Exline,
interim dean of the College of Health and director of the Center
for Community Health. "We graduate about 30 students a year
from the traditional MPH program, but this will be the first time
we offer it in this format."
flexibility as the main component of the program. She says that
professionals can use the convenience of the format and adds that
experience in the field goes a long way.
health care managers, nurses, clinicians, health care educators
and public health professionals are eligible for the program, as
is any other professional with three years' experience in the health
care field," Exline said. "The degree is mainly for advancement
or job changes for those already employed."
involves coursework in community health, epidemiology, biostatistics,
health care management, health policy, environmental health, social
aspects of health care, health care finance, health law and health
care issues such as ethics.
programs involve intense time commitments and appeal to hard-working
individuals who want to earn the degree in a relatively short time
while continuing their employment," Exline said. "They
are willing to work hard to accomplish that. This program will also
appeal to those seeking an applied perspective."
also includes a 2.75 GPA for the last 60 hours of coursework, GRE
or GMAT scores unless the applicant has a terminal degree from an
accredited program, three letters of reference and an essay demonstrating
writing ability. In-state tuition is $2,437 a semester, or $9,748
for the entire program. There are 10 slots available for summer
admission and applications are due April 15.
for effective health care administration is increasing rapidly with
the overall growth of health care," said Ken Malone, chair
of the Center for Community and Economic Development at Southern
Miss. "With the increasing complexity of health care, many
professionals are finding that they need a higher level of education
to be effective.
Miss appreciates the growing number of full-time working professionals
seeking to further their careers through advanced education, and
structures degree programs to best meet their busy schedules."
For more information
on the program, contact Exline at (601) 266-4866 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Though the new format's classes are offered in Gulfport, the traditional
format will remain on the Hattiesburg campus, Exline said.