Students enrolled in the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree program at the University of New England have the option of pursuing concurrent graduate degrees in public health or medical education leadership.
Master of Public Health
An M.P.H., or master of public health degree, is a graduate degree that provides whoever completes it with a broad perspective in public health. As such, it gives key skills, knowledge, and perspective in evaluating, managing, and advancing the health of populations.
This is an important skill for physicians at all levels. In clinical practice it is useful because it places the patients and families and communities in which one practices in the context of the determinants of health, which in most cases are beyond the genetics of the individual. Physicians with public health training gain basic tools in the use of population data to assess their own patient populations as well as those within the groups that they practice.
In a broad sense, public health training provides a physician with the skills needed to do clinical and health services research, manage health programs, participate in the development of health policy, assess the impact of the environment on the health of populations, and communicate and educate your patients and populations -- training that goes beyond the scope of the medical school or residency curriculum.
All of the courses for the master of public health program are offered online in an integrated video and Powerpoint format.