Lehman College to Offer the Only Master of Public Health Program in the Bronx Starting Spring, 2006

BRONX, NY — Students interested in public health now have a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge of this rapidly growing field in the borough where health care is the number one employer, yet conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity still disproportionately afflict residents.

Lehman College will offer a new Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) starting in the spring of 2006. The MPH Program prepares students for professional careers in the healthcare field as practitioners and researchers. Students will also be prepared to continue in graduate studies to pursue doctoral degrees. Lehman is the only institution in the Bronx to offer an MPH.

“We want to improve the health of our Bronx population, the health of our communities,” says Professor Jane Levitt, director of the MPH Program. “Major health problems today are diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and we carry a lot of these in the Bronx.” She adds that the MPH Program seeks to increase underrepresented populations in the health professions and redirect the emphasis of healthcare to population-based solutions such as stopping smoking or having exercise programs. An informational session on the program will be held January 4, 2006 in Shuster Hall, Rm. 179 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

The MPH Program has been designed to meet the standards for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). In addition to the generic competencies required in a MPH Program, the Lehman College MPH Program focuses on health disparities, cultural diversity and community collaboration in the teaching, research and practice of public health and offers specializations in epidemiology and policy/management. The MPH will be a part-time program, but students may also attend full-time starting in the fall of 2006.

“The program is vital in helping to address issues of inequalities in health and health care in the Bronx and increasing collaborations with local health care providers,” says President Ricardo R. Fernández.

Applications will be accepted until January 10, 2006 for the Spring semester, and classes begin on January 26. For more information on the MPH Program, contact Professor Jane Levitt at 718-960-8671, email: jane.levitt@lehman.cuny.edu

Contact: Keisha-Gaye Anderson / 718-960-8013