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May 25, 2011
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate, SU graduate first class in joint MPH program

The Central New York Master of Public Health (CNYMPH) program housed at Upstate Medical University has produced its first graduates.

Eight students have received the CNYMPH degree, and three more students are scheduled to graduate this summer. The program starts its third year in late August.

The CNYMPH professional degree program offers a population-based perspective designed to view the larger community as the “patient.” The CNYMPH is designed to challenge and prepare students to investigate and manage complex public health problems. It is a joint venture offered by Upstate and Syracuse University.

“Public health is a diverse and dynamic field,” said Simone Seward, CNYMPH program coordinator. “Our graduates are prepared to assume leadership roles to improve the health of entire communities. They will advocate the importance of prevention, and be able to integrate best practices to guide health and healthcare.”

Career opportunities for those with an MPH degree include environmental health, epidemiology, biostatistics, health education, community health care, public policy and more.

The joint CNYMPH program is housed at the College of Medicine at Upstate Medical University — one of 127 academic medical centers in the United States and the only one in Central New York. It has its own teaching hospital, the region’s only children’s hospital, and is expanding its clinical, research and academic offerings.

Syracuse University’s Maxwell School is integral to the CNYMPH program. The Maxwell School is regarded as the one of the country’s best graduate schools of public management and international affairs.

CNYMPH students learn from professors and experts in the field, including physicians, administrators and distinguished researchers.

Students pay the SUNY graduate tuition rate, and may attend full-time or part-time. Graduates receive a joint CNYMPH diploma from Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University. www.upstate.edu/cnymph/.

As the MPH program can be tailored to each student’s specific professional interests, the program is appropriate for:

• those who are new to the field of public health;

• those currently employed in public health, health related non- profit organizations, allied health or administration;

• clinicians.

A Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Health is offered through the CNYMPH program. Students in the certificate program take a total of five core courses alongside students pursuing the full degree. For more information, visit: www.upstate.edu/cnymph/academic/certificate/.

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