For more information contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine, Judi Engle, Office of Public Relations, (937) 775-2951

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2005

New Master of Public Health Degree for Community Preparedness

DAYTON, Ohio--The Wright State University Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program announces a new area of concentration-community preparedness. This area of concentration has been designed to provide public health, public safety, and health care leaders of the future with the latest skills necessary to deal with an all-hazards preparedness approach facing the nation's first responders.

Wright State's M.P.H. degree is a community-based, interdisciplinary educational program in public health with collaboration from several colleges and schools. The new area of concentration will be a collaborative effort between the School of Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine, the new Homeland Emergency Learning and Preparedness Center, and the M.P.H. program. These university assets bring a wide variety of civilian and military faculty capable of providing students with a worldwide perspective while studying toward their degree.

"Terror has struck on a worldwide scale since 2001 and the most recent events in London, England, underscore the need to educate the public health workforce of the future," says Mark Gebhart, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine. "This workforce of the future will be faced with all-hazards challenges-weather related events, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and severe storms; terrorist incidents, such as the recent attacks in London; and any other event where the communities and cities across Ohio and the nation could be affected. This is an insurance policy for the Dayton area-provided by Wright State University and the relationships it has built with the community."

The program of study will rely on the core courses already the foundation for the M.P.H. Additional concentration-specific courses will allow students to expand their knowledge base in areas such as biological terrorism, chemical terrorism, radiological emergencies, principles of disaster response, refugee healthcare, incident management, and interagency disaster operations. The program is designed for public health practitioners, physicians, registered nurses, fire officers, law enforcement officers, emergency managers, paramedical personnel, and allied health personnel.

This program concentration will for the first time bring a structured and organized curriculum in preparedness to southwestern and west central Ohio specifically targeted at the areas public health practitioners, first responders, emergency managers, and healthcare providers at the graduate level.

For more information about the program, contact Petra Weaver, Program Coordinator, at 258-5547.