TDI Launches Online Master of Public Health Degree Program


Read the full story, published by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.

A growing number of students and health care professionals are interested in studying public health “The Dartmouth way,” which means understanding and improving health care at the systems level and working for disruptive rather than incremental change. In order to offer this unique, holistic approach to fixing health care to a wider audience, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice is launching an online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program in the fall of 2016. The two-year program will include three one-week residential periods per year—making it a more integrated “hybrid” version of the Institute’s existing residential program.

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Elliott Fisher, director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, works with students. (Photo courtesy of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.)

“Lots of our applicants want to learn from our internationally renowned pioneers in health care change without having to leave their jobs and families and move to Hanover, N.H.,” says the Dartmouth Institute’s director of education, Tim Lahey. “This new online program with low-residency requirements will allow working professionals to study at The Dartmouth Institute while continuing to develop their individual career paths and contribute to their own communities.”

Like the residential program, the online MPH program will be accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH) and will be subject to the appropriate internal review process by Geisel and Dartmouth leadership. The program will focus on applied learning that allows students to develop the skills needed to disrupt traditional thinking in health care and to affect change in how patients experience care at both the local and population level. The course of study will include elements of public health epidemiology/biostatistics, health policy and population health, project management, quality improvement, and analysis of emerging models of health care─all with the goal of helping students become innovators and bold but thoughtful leaders in the field of public health and health care delivery.

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