With its College of Health Professions – and schools of medicine, nursing and pharmacy – Marshall University provides comprehensive education in the health sciences. In 2014, that effort will be critically enhanced with the addition of graduate public health education.
While many public health practitioners treat individuals, our profession is particularly focused on the health of populations. That makes our work inherently interdisciplinary, and that is why our core graduate curriculum extends far beyond the basic subjects of public health to include training in critical cross-cutting competencies such as health informatics, public health biology, health law, and ethics.
Teaching and mentoring are key priorities at Marshall. Our faculty bring critical perspectives from their experience in clinical care, public health practice, research, and policy. Broad expertise and a wealth of field experience options means that students can gain both a strong foundation and appropriate specialization, as well as critical practicum and research experience to prepare for successful careers in public health.
As medical science has advanced, silos of specialization have developed. Yet the need for interdisciplinary research is increasingly appreciated. At Marshall you’ll find a balance of expertise and collaboration – and an emphasis on research with practical applications. From clinical research, to health systems study and policy, to behavioral interventions…rewarding research opportunities are available.
Faculty are engaged in a variety of endeavors including clinical research, long-term population study, community interventions, and policy innovations. These projects allow students opportunities for a wide variety of experience. The completion of a new public health laboratory in the first quarter of 2014 is adding a critical new resource for both graduate research and training.
One phrase often heard here, is “making a difference”. Our region is confronting some of the highest prevalence of diseases of greatest national concern, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer – along with high rates of risk which can be modified, such as smoking and obesity. This is driving our work in prevention, early diagnosis and intervention, and the study of treatment alternatives. Our environment offers a critical environment in which to test such efforts – including an aging population, and deficits in both economic resources and education.
Our resources offer opportunities to address such challenges. Marshall University is proximal to the majority of the state’s populace – serving a region of over one million predominately rural residents, including over 350,000 in the Tri-State (WV-OH-KY) area. Three major local hospitals provide comprehensive care – Cabell Huntington Hospital/Marshall University Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Huntington VA Medical Center – and a number of rehabilitation and psychiatric facilities complement those institutions. The Byrd Rural Health Center forms a focal point for rural health care work. With Marshall’s strong foundation in primary care and an emphasis on interdisciplinary coordination in both research and clinical care – plus faculty with health systems and policy expertise – our graduates will play a critical role addressing a key national imperative – achieving better health outcomes at affordable cost.