Today’s career paths are full of twists and turns, requiring the skills to navigate a lifetime of job searches and career shifts. West Chester University Master of Public Health program offers the necessary tools to enable you to assume a productive role in the community. Take advantage of the services available and be alert to opportunities as they occur to secure excellent positions, and be empowered to be the architect of your own future!
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http://www.nchec.org/ Certified Health Education Specialists are professionals who plan, implement, and evaluate activities and programs that help improve the health of all people. These programs can take place in a variety of settings including schools, communities, health care facilities, businesses and colleges and many more.
Note: Students in the Community Health Concentration are eligible for the CHES Exam as the required courses in this concentration prepares students for the exam. Students from other concentrations may also be eligible for this exam if they take the required community health courses in order to prepare for it. Contact a Community Health Concentration advisor to help determine eligibility.
This exam is more specialized than the CPH exam and signifies that an individual has met eligibility requirements for, and has successfully passed a competency-based examination demonstrating skill and knowledge of seven areas of responsibility upon which the credential is based. The student fee for this exam ranges from $210 to $265 depending on the date of registration. More information can be found on the website.
http://www.publichealthexam.org Public health professionals will be confronted by complex health issues, such as controlling infectious diseases, reducing environmental hazards, public health preparedness and substance abuse. This is why they need to be dedicated to staying at the forefront of their field by understanding the interaction between the different specialized areas of public health.Becoming a Certified Public Health Professional Has Multiple Benefits:
The exam is rooted in five basic core competencies of public health to reflect the nature of the field and the way one area of knowledge blends into another. The certification exam is administered to graduates of CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health. The student fee for this exam is $400 or $425 depending on the date of registration. More information can be found on the website.
Volunteering and community service are an integral part of the Master of Public Health program. Students and faculty at West Chester University partner with organizations and individuals in the surrounding area and abroad to provide opportunities for the experiential service learning. It is our belief that participation in service learning and community building are essential to the development of leaders in the field of public health. Please visit the West Chester University Office of Service Learning and Volunteer Programs website for University-wide opportunities.
MPH students regularly partner with department faculty and participate in the following community service opportunities:
The Applied Learning Experience is designed to help students apply, while working in a public health-related setting, the knowledge and skills developed during the theoretical aspects of MPH Program. It is recognized that the competencies needed in the professional work place will be similar but often somewhat different from those used in a classroom situation. Relationships may also be different. Therefore the transition from classroom to the work setting requires careful preparation.
These guidelines will assist students in making informed choices regarding the selection of the Applied Learning Experience placement site where he/she can sharpen competencies learned, benefit from new experiences and grow professionally. These guidelines will also help to coordinate the efforts of Applied Learning Experience Faculty Advisor and Agency Site Supervisor. The appendices document contains all Applied Learning Experience forms to be completed by the student, Applied Learning Experience Faculty Advisory and Agency Site Supervisor. Please contact Dr. Lynn Carson (email@example.com) for more information about the Applied Learning Experience.
MPH Student Advisory Board (SAB)
The purpose of the MPH Student Advisory Board MPH SAB) is: (1) to identify MPH program strengths and areas for improvement to then be funneled to the MPH Faculty for discussion/action, (2) to nominate/elect a MPH student representative to attend monthly MPH Faculty Meetings, and (3) to address any other needs of the MPH student body (i.e., social, community involvement, career development, etc.). Dr. Stacie Metz is the MPH SAB faculty advisor and student leadership is annually elected. Meeting announcements are placed on the MPH Program Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WCUmph) as well as the Public Health Bulletin Board in Sturzebecker across from classrooms 325/326. All MPH students are welcome to join.
MPH Community Advisory Board
This committee consists of key leaders/representatives of county, state and health care organizations in the Chester County/Delaware Valley region. The committee is charged to review the overall MPH Program in terms of community needs and future directions in public health. Committee members review the MPH curriculum and MPH accreditation documents related to the program. The members of this committee provide recommendations for program revisions and changes along with support for practicum and career advisement. Members also provide opportunities in public health related to internships, careers in public health, and opportunities for MPH students and faculty to engage in public health-related research and service activities.
Current Chair: Dr. Debra E. Bill, MPH, PhD, MCHES, Professor, Department of Health, #302, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383, firstname.lastname@example.org
Future Meeting Date:
Friday April 27, 2012
2:30 – 4:00 pm
Location: To be announced