Date: April 10, 2013
The Department of Public Health & Wellness, formerly known as the Department of Nutrition & Wellness, has received approval to offer a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Nutrition and Wellness. The Board of Trustees approved both the department name change and new degree during their 2013 spring meeting.
This new program is the first and only online MPH program in Nutrition and Wellness offered in the country. Offered at a 50% tuition discount, this new program will prepare health professionals for service in the church and community by building knowledge and skills necessary to enhance the health of human populations and promote a healthy lifestyle through personal and community efforts.
Emmanuel Rudatsikira, dean of the School of Health Professions, says the demand for public health professions in the workforce continues to be high across the United States and globally. Citing information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Rudatsikira says employment opportunities are expected to grow by 37% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations (14%).
“This prediction translates into about 23,200 new jobs for public health professionals over the next 10 years,” says Rudatsikira. “According to the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), there are 62 accredited online public health programs in the United States. However, there are only two Master of Public Health programs in nutrition. Our program, with emphasis on vegetarian lifestyle and wellness, is unique and presently the only one of its kind.”
For more information visit www.andrews.edu/publichealth.