PhD Program in Public and Community Health

Developing a doctoral degree program in public and community health at the Medical College of Wisconsin

Full Project Name:PhD Program in Public and Community HealthPrincipal Investigator:Laura Cassidy, MS, PhD, Institute for Health and EquityCo-Investigator:Cheryl A. Maurana, PhD, Institute for Health and EquityAward Amount:3,576,864
Award Date
August2006
Project Duration:96 months

Project Description Narrative:


A priority of the State of Wisconsin Health Plan is to develop a sufficient and competent workforce. To ensure the health of the community, there must be a strong public health infrastructure and a competent public health workforce is an essential component of meeting this challenge.

Through this award, the Medical College of Wisconsin will develop a sustainable doctoral degree program in public and community health to advance public health training, research on important public health issues, and develop future public health leaders for Wisconsin communities.

Outcomes & Lessons Learned:


• Fully developed a new doctoral degree program in Public and Community Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin

• Established a faculty recruitment process, creating a search committee to identify, evaluate, and select candidates for new faculty positions. Successfully recruited new faculty

• Actively engaged in marketing of new program to recruit students through open house events, activities, and industry-specific annual meetings

• Enrolled first class of students, graduating all students in the planned four years

&bull: Developed processes for continued evuluation, self-study, and program improvement, including creation of PhD Program Faculty quarterly meetings to evaluate student progress and program improvements

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