De Pere, Wis.: With a shortage of public health professionals, St. Norbert College and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences have partnered to offer a dual-degree Master of Public Health 4 +1 program.
“This is an exciting opportunity for our students and a timely partnership with MCW,” said David Bailey, dean of natural sciences and professor of biology at St. Norbert College. “Health crises, like the current COVID-19 pandemic, emphasize the need for highly trained public health professionals who can work to shape policy, lead education efforts, and perform vital research with government agencies, nonprofits or private companies. The knowledge and skills students gain in this 4+1 program will allow these dual-degree graduates to improve the health of populations locally and globally, in the spirit of our college’s Norbertine tradition.”
Annually, up to 10 St. Norbert College undergraduates who meet certain criteria will be granted direct admission into the program. It is open to any major, not just those in the sciences; students must fulfill certain prerequisite courses, such as composition, biology and statistics, and they must have a 3.0 grade-point average in all classes at St. Norbert. Students who transfer to St. Norbert College will be eligible.
“We are eager to partner with St. Norbert College for this exciting opportunity. We are looking forward to meeting those students who have a desire to improve the health of their communities,” said Matthew Hunsaker, MCW campus dean of MCW-Green Bay. “The current COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates how our communities need highly trained public health professionals who can work to enact change, lead research initiatives, and provide education to the populations who need it most.”
This accelerated program eases some of the financial burden of school tuition for students seeking to obtain both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Public Health.
The program agreement strengthens an established educational partnership between MCW and St. Norbert. The Gehl-Mulva Science Center at St. Norbert College is currently home to MCW-Green Bay’s administration offices and classrooms. St. Norbert and MCW also partner on a pharmacy program.
“The St. Norbert College and MCW 4+1 Master of Public Health partnership is an ideal combination of a liberal arts education paired with professional training that directly embraces the mission of St. Norbert College,” said Jamie Lynch, associate professor of sociology at St. Norbert.