St. Ambrose will be the third university in the State of Iowa to offer a graduate degree in public health.
The Master of Public Health degree program will be offered entirely online, with courses delivered in eight-week sessions. Course content can be accessed at any time, allowing students to set their own schedules.
The program will enroll its first cohort of up to 30 students in August 2018. Applications will be accepted beginning in the spring.
Courses will include epidemiology; biostatistics; qualitative research; behavioral, social and environmental health; ethics and social justice; health systems policy; and evidenced-based practice and application.
The MPH is the third master's program added by the College of Health and Human Services since 2014, following the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology (fall 2017) and the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (summer 2014). The college offers seven graduate programs, including doctoral degrees in physical therapy and occupational therapy.
Melissa Sharer, PhD, joined SAU in August as the MPH program director. She has master's degrees in public health and social work from the University of North Carolina, and a doctoral degree in social work from The Catholic University of America.
Sharer's professional focus includes maternal health, HIV/AIDS, mental health, youth, gender and violence issues. She has provided remote and on-site technical support in more than 25 countries in Africa and Asia focused on programs, policy and operations research.