May 9, 2007
Contact: Jerry Carey
Phone: (856) 566-6171
UMDNJ Announces New Dual Degree Program
NEWARK — The UMDNJ-School of Public Health and the UMDNJ-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences have announced a new program on the university’ s Newark campus that allows individuals an opportunity to earn a dual masters degree in less time than it would take to earn each degree separately. Under this program, students can earn a Master of Biomedical Science (MS) and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Quantitative Methods. The dual degree provides a strong foundation in basic medical sciences and in public health for students who wish to later pursue a medical or dental degree or a doctorate in public health.
“Our new program combines the research and educational strengths of the two schools to create a course of study that gives students a breadth of knowledge in both biomedical sciences and public health, ” said Dr. Rick Boyd, associate dean at the UMDNJ-School of Public Health.
“The new combined degree is a strong program for students who have completed their pre-med programs in college and are preparing for entrance into medical or dental schools,” said Dr. Nick Ingoglia, vice-dean of the Newark campus of the UMDNJ-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
“There is a growing interest nationally in training physicians in public health,” said Dr. William Halperin, chair of Quantitative Methods, UMDNJ-School of Public Health and chair of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. “Successful graduates of this program should be well positioned to continue their training in medicine and public health.”
To be eligible to apply, students must have a baccalaureate degree and have completed their pre-medical requirements at the college level. Students can enroll on either a full-time or part-time basis. All of the courses included in the program are currently offered by the UMDNJ-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (Newark division) and by the UMDNJ-School of Public Health in Newark. Applicants can apply for the MS/MPH program through either school but must meet the admissions requirements of both programs.
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey UMDNJ is the nation's largest free-standing public health sciences university with more than 5,500 students attending the state's three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and its only school of public health, on five campuses. Last year, there were more than two million patient visits to UMDNJ facilities and faculty at campuses in Newark, New Brunswick/Piscataway, Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, a mental health and addiction services network.