SIUE announced the establishment of a new master’s program, a master in public health. The MPH degree program will be offered through the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior’s Department of Applied Health. 

According to MPH Graduate Program Director Michelle Cathorall, the degree is an entry-level management degree which focuses on combining public health knowledge with leadership skills. 

“Students who graduate from the program will get the foundational public health skills in all of the core health areas, but they’ll also get those leadership skills. [Students] will be trained to use the knowledge from the public health classes that they have to make leadership decisions.” Cathorall said. 

Students in the MPH program can expect to find leadership positions in settings such as community organizations, local and state health departments and nonprofit organizations, among other settings, according to Cathorall. 

The degree was implemented to offer students in the area a low-cost alternative to St. Louis University and Washington University public health degree programs, Cathorall said. 

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