The Rutgers School of Public Health will start a Master of Public Health degree program with a concentration in urban public health this fall.
The program will be based in Newark at Rutgers’ Biomedical and Health Sciences’campus. Its goal is to teach urban residents about factors that affect the health of their communities, to empower them to increase civic engagement and to promote change directly where they live.
“There is a growing need to educate students on addressing public health from an urban perspective,” said Perry Halkitis, dean of Rutgers School of Public Health, in a statement. “We’re creating the opportunity to work with and for the people of Newark to address how social injustices and inequities drive health problems in urban populations. We have the perfect context – Newark – and willing partners in city government and area agencies that want to improve the health of the population. By marrying our academic efforts with people who are working in the real world, we can more effectively address healthcare disparities.”
A certificate program within the concentration allows students to specialize in areas such as maternal and child health, LGBTQ health, disaster preparedness and epidemiology.