Coe College, Iowa College of Public Health partner with MPH program

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2015-06-10 09:42:13 - General

Coe College students will have the opportunity to earn their Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees in five years thanks to a new partnership with the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Beginning this fall, the cooperative program will allow qualified undergraduates from Coe admission to the UI MPH program.

Under the innovative program, Coe students can earn both degrees faster than the normal six years, thereby saving a year of tuition and associated costs. As an additional benefit, program graduates will have a one-year head start on their careers. The creation of this undergraduate to graduate program will enhance career opportunities for Coe students by allowing them to enter the burgeoning field of public health.

Coe students who are interested in the MPH program will take an online class offered by UI during their sophomore year. Then, they will apply for admission to the MPH program during their junior year of study at Coe. During their senior year of study, the students will finish their bachelor's degrees at Coe while taking three classes at UI. At the end of their fourth year of study, the students in the program will receive their bachelor's degrees along with their classmates from Coe, and then complete the MPH during a fifth year of study at the University of Iowa.

"We are excited and proud to have Coe College as a partner institution for our MPH program," said Mary Lober Aquilino, Iowa associate dean for MPH and undergraduate programs. "The University of Iowa College of Public Health will benefit from the availability to draw from Coe's highly qualified students."

Coe Assistant Professor of Psychology Benjamin Tallman helped to develop the cooperative degree program. He will serve as the dual degree program coordinator for Coe students who pursue study toward their MPH at the University of Iowa.

"Many Coe alumni have gone on to earn their graduate and professional degrees at the University of Iowa, and this new program enhances that relationship by helping students acquire a first-class education for less time and expense," said Tallman. "The strong liberal arts preparation that Coe students receive coupled with the opportunity to enroll in the UI MPH program will provide them with exceptional opportunities to pursue careers in public health."

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Coe graduates have a record of successful completion of MPH degrees from national and international institutions of higher education, such as the University of Iowa, Yale University, Georgia State University, UCLA, Tulane University and the University of Glasgow. Additionally, Coe students who earned MPH degrees have secured employment in a variety of private and public sector positions including neurosurgery residents, policy analysts, health education specialists, economic research specialists, and research associates. Others have pursued their medical degrees.

This program follows the opportunity created last year for Coe students to earn both a bachelor's degree and a law degree in six years thanks to a new partnership with the University of Iowa College of Law. The cooperative 3+3 program allows qualified undergraduates from Coe admission to the College of Law after the conclusion of their junior year.

Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Coe's vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.