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MPH program flourishes at K-State

Friday, January 17, 2014

Kansas State University is racking up the numbers in its interdisciplinary Master of Public Health program. December 2013 brought eight new graduates of the program, bringing the total graduate count for the 2013 calendar year to a record 32.

The Master of Public Health program was approved by the Kansas Board of Regents in January 2003 and admitted its first students that fall. The mission of the program is to provide education, research and service across multiple disciplines of public health, impacting human, animal and community health locally, regionally and globally.

Students are required to take 42 semester credit hours to complete the program with specific courses in one of four areas of emphasis: food safety and biosecurity, infectious diseases and zoonoses, public health nutrition and public health physical activity. The program involves Kansas State University's colleges of Human Ecology, Agriculture, Arts and Sciences  and Veterinary Medicine.

Graduates of the program seek jobs in public health at all levels -- from local to international -- and are finding much success, said Michael Cates, director of the university's Master of Public Health Program and the James B. Nichols professor of veterinary medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Alumni of the program include Svetlana Cotela, who became the deputy minister for the Ministry of Health and chief medical officer of the Republic of Moldova in July 2013. Cotela received her Master of Public Health with an emphasis in public health nutrition from Kansas State University in 2011. Other graduates are now working at many local, state, federal, international and private health-related agencies.

"We want to thank the 20 different faculty members who served as major professors for one or more of these 32 graduates in 2013, as well as the 36 faculty members who served as committee members for one or more of these students," Cates said. "This year has really demonstrated the interdisciplinary nature of our program and its partners. These major professors and committee members were from 10 different departments in the four academic colleges."

Graduates of the Master of Public Health program in 2013 in public health nutrition or public health physical activity, both provided by the College of Human Ecology, are:

Abby Banks, public health physical activity emphasis, May 2013; Bethany Paige Johnson, public health nutrition emphasis, May 2013; Joseph Lightner, public health physical activity emphasis, May 2013; Joshua O'Neal, public health physical activity emphasis, December 2013; Aundrea Shafer, public health physical activity emphasis, August 2013; Michaela Schenkelberg, public health physical activity emphasis, August 2013; Jing Han, May public health nutrition emphasis, May 2013; and Arlerta Ndlela, public health nutrition emphasis, August 2013.

Prepared by the Division of Communications and Marketing at Kansas State University

This article was posted on Friday, January 17, 2014, and is filed under College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Kinesiology.