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MSPH Degree Debuts

By Jackie Powder

A renamed master’s degree program—the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)—debuted at the Bloomberg School this academic year as a way to better define the professional degrees that were previously offered through the Master of Health Science (MHS) program.

“It’s really bringing clarity to it as more of a professional degree,” says associate dean for Student Affairs Michael Ward, MEd, of the MSPH. The degree—which is offered by the departments of Environmental Health Sciences; Health, Behavior and Society; Health Policy and Management; International Health; and Population, Family and Reproductive Health—is geared toward students who want to combine a more focused classroom experience with practical training to begin or advance their public health careers. MSPH alums may go on to hold positions in health departments, international disaster relief organizations, health education programs or other practice-oriented roles in public health, says Ward.

The MHS academic degree programs continue to prepare students for further graduate study or research careers and are offered by all academic departments at the School.