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New Dual Degree at WVU Injects Business Knowledge Into Public Health
Date:9/12/2013

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Gilbert Ramirez, DrPH, CPH, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Educational Effectiveness at the WVU School of Public Health, said the rigorous demands of today’s health care industry can best be addressed through partnerships such as this one.

“Population health is far too complex to be solved by single disciplines — it requires collaborations and partnerships and if we can instill individuals with competencies from multiple disciplines, then they will be empowered to do more,” Ramirez said.

The dual degree program will consist of 74 credit hours, and students will apply and be admitted to both programs before starting the program.

“This dual degree will ‘turbo charge’ the skill set of each student in the program,” said Jose “Zito” Sartarelli, Milan Puskar Dean, College of Business and Economics. “The infusion of business knowledge into the public health curriculum will help open a lot of doors in the global marketplace and allow our graduates to really make their marks in the important field of public health.”

This is the sixth dual degree program in which WVU’s business school has collaborated. Other partnerships have included MBA degrees in the colleges of Law, Physical Activity and Sport Science, Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry.

“The dual degree MPH program provides the opportunity for students to earn two full master’s degrees, MBA/MPH in a streamlined program,” said Rachel T. Abraham, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Founding Director & Chair, CME/CE Continuing Education Program and Dual Degree MPH Programs. “Students will gain understanding of the breadth and depth of public health to integrate with the business disciplines, understanding of best business practices that can be applied to address the complex challenges of health care with the ability to synthesize business and population-based approaches in disease prevention and health promotion and make a difference for the public’
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