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Program in Public Health to Begin in the Fall

MCC will be offering a new program in Public Health starting in the fall of 2015. The Associate of Science Degree will allow students to transfer to Montclair State, Rutgers and William Paterson University under articulation agreements being developed.

“This is a growing field that leads to good-paying jobs,” said Jeffrey Herron, interim dean of professional studies at Middlesex. “The implementation of the Affordable Care Act has created a demand for professionals in this field. Public health professionals investigate and contain disease outbreaks, manage environmental hazards, educate children and adults about healthy lifestyles, analyze data and policies to inform the public about health issues, and respond to public health emergencies. It is a field for those who want to help others.”

Job prospects are expected to increase rapidly over the next few years, particularly in positions such as health educators, epidemiologists, environmental technicians and medical and health services managers.

The program was developed in concert with Brookdale Community College, the County College of Morris and Mercer County Community College. Dean Herron said creating the consortium made it less expensive to develop the program and easier to negotiate the articulation agreements with the four-year schools.

At Middlesex, the program combines several existing courses with a new one, Principles of Public Health.