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Master of Public Health

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Master of Public Health

Address:
Sturzebecker Health Science Center
855 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Name: Dr. Lynn Carson
Phone: 610-436-2245 | 610-436-2138
Email: lcarson@wcupa.edu

Student Resources

MPH Student Handbook

Career Development

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!

WCU Educational Services

Professional Organizations & Certifications

  • Professional Organizations:
    • Membership in a professional organization is an important part of professional growth. Before program completion, WCU MPH students are required to join at least one professional organization. Membership often offers such benefits as job banks, conferences, networking, social and professional support. Please visit our list of public health professional organizations.
    • Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society-Beta Xi Chapter
      Founded in 1924, Delta Omega is a national honor society existing to encourage research and scholarship among graduate students of public health and to recognize attainment and achievement in the field of public health. With over 50 active chapters across the country, Delta Omega and its members are dedicated to ensuring the quality of the field of public health and to the protection and advancement of the health of all people. The purpose of Delta Omega is to recognize academic merit and sincere commitment to public health work. For more information about Delta Omega, please visit the National Chapter’s website at www.deltaomega.org. Membership in Delta Omega is by election only. Therefore, students may nominate themselves for an opportunity to be inducted into the society by completing an application. Applications are only accepted once every year each March. Click on this application and instructions link to download the pdf.
      Please contact Kim Hewes, MPH program secretary, at khewes@wcupa.edu for the MS Word version of the application.
  • Certification Exams:
    • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES): http://www.nchec.org/exam/overview/

      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.

    • Certified in Public Health (CPH): www.nbphe.org

      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:
      • Sets a standard of knowledge and skills in public health
      • Encourages life-long learning
      • Adds credibility to public health profession
      • Increasing public health awareness
      • Fosters environment of a professional community
      • Adds credibility to public health profession
      • Increasing public health awareness
      • Fosters environment of a professional community
    • 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.

    • Certified Industrial Hygienist, American Board of Industrial Hygiene: http://www.abih.org/

      Since 1960, ABIH, a not-for-profit corporation, has been the world's largest premier organization for certifying professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene. ABIH is responsible for ensuring high-quality certification including education, experience, examination, certification maintenance and ethics enforcement.

    • Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (through the National Environmental Health Association):http://www.neha.org/credential/index.shtml

      Receive the recognition you deserve for your expertise by earning one of the environmental health credentials offered by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). Founded in 1937 by practitioners who wanted to establish a standard of excellence for the profession, that standard has come to be known as the Registered Environmental Health Specialist or Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) credential. Since that time, NEHA has developed additional credentials that evidence mastery of specialized knowledge. NEHA is striving to make the credentialing process as convenient as possible. Computer testing has now been added, and an online Continuing Education Submission process has been developed. These marks of distinction assist both employers and the credentialed individual. Employers can be confident that a credentialed employee has acquired the knowledge necessary to competently perform their duties. Credentialed individuals may find positions easier to obtain, and may increase their earnings.

    • For more information on credentialing in the environmental health field, please go to http://www.eduwhere.com/credentials.php.

Community Service

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:

Applied Learning Experience

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 (lcarson@wcupa.edu) for more information about the Applied Learning Experience.

Advisory Boards

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, dbill@wcupa.edu

Future Meeting Date:
Friday April 27, 2012
2:30 – 4:00 pm
Location: To be announced