MPH Distance Learning Program

Expanding the Medical College of Wisconsin Masters of Public Health program

Full Project Name:MPH Distance Learning ProgramPrincipal Investigator:John Meurer, MD, MBA, Institute for Health and EquityAward Amount:2,200,848
Award Date
August2006
Project Duration:107 months

Project Description Narrative:


A sufficient and competant health workforce is one of five system priorities of the State of Wisconsin health plan. To assure the health of Wisconsin communities, there must be a strong public health infrastructure and a competent public health workforce.

Through this award, the Medical College of Wisconsin will revise and expand its Masters of Public Health degree program to offer a distance learning program that will expand access to quality public health education across Wisconsin.

Outcomes & Lessons Learned:


• Created a revitalized and expanded program that resulted in increased in-state recruitment along with newly recruited faculty and a revised curriculum

• Established a revised mission and goals and conducted recruitment for additional faculty and leadership

• Submitted and received approval from the Graduate Studies Council for revised admission and graduation requirements, as well as approval of a revised course grading system

• Successfully recruited 20 new faculty to the program and an additional eight new advisors to support student field placements and capstone projects

• Identified opportunities to improve support for and engagement of diverse students, creating formal advising process and opportunities for interaction among students and faculty, including student involvement in program governance

• Completed a full revision of program curriculum, adding new courses and assuring linkage to courses to public health competencies

• Disseminated lessons learned through various publications and presentations

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