New public health program receives accreditation

June 15, 2012 | Leave a Comment

BUIES CREEK - Campbell University’s master of science in public health degree was awarded accreditation this week from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The inaugural class will arrive in August.

The two-year program anticipates filling more than 20 seats in the first class. The degree will focus on rural health care disparities and address the shortage of public health professionals. Students will work with faculty members to complete the Harnett County Public Health Assessment over the next year and partner with health departments, community clinics and other local organizations to conduct research and execute campaigns.

Public health students will participate in the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences’ interprofessional education pilot program this fall with pharmacy and physician assistant students. Incorporating this field into a team-based training model will place a greater emphasis on expanding a health care workforce with expertise in public and rural health.

The SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the south. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices for degree-granting institutions in 11 southeastern states.

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