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Monday, 27 August, 2007

Queen's U plans new School of Public Health

The Ontario government today announced a $200,000 grant to Queen's University to .

The program, leading to a master's degree in public health (MPH), could open , according to the initial announcement from Queen's. Dr John Hoey, the former editor-in-chief of the CMAJ who was unceremoniously canned by CMA boss Graham Morris last year, is advising the principal on the matter:

“The plan is to enroll 45 students in the first year, and, by increments, increase to 120,” Hoey said. Hoey added that the University recognizes the need for a school of public health because many other universities already have such schools in place, and because of a growing workforce demand for experts in public health. The master’s of public health program is described as “a non-thesis, professional development degree” on the website.

It will be either 16 months or an accelerated 12 months in length, and will include six core courses: environmental health, global health, health policy, introduction to biostatistics, introduction to epidemiology, and social and behavioural sciences in public health.

Students will also be able to take elective courses and will participate in a three-month practicum. “Creating a school of public health with a more global outlook would encourage opportunities for students and faculties to ‘engage the world,’” Hoey said.

The program is aimed at professionals but also to students who have extensive experience working in the community. Hoey also sees the possibility of there being collaborative programs with the law school and applied science in the future

The proposed Queen's School of Public Health already has , where you can . For now, the school is waiting on approval from the , which must accredit the program before it can open.

Ever-controversial Ontario health minister George Smitherman managed to in his short visit to Queen's to announce the new funding. He didn't show his face at the struggling Kingston General Hospital, which was interpreted as a snub by hospital officials and the Kingston Whig-Standard.

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