Dean’s Update | October 15, 2021 – College of Human Medicine

Linda Rider


One of the main initiatives for instructional applications is accreditation. It is usually a lot of work, and it requires a particular staff to deliver the vitality and enthusiasm necessary to successfully get a program accredited. Our Learn of Community Health degree system (MPH) has that team. A 7 days ago, the last of the content updates ended up despatched to the Council on Education and learning for Community Overall health (CEPH). And, on November 11 and 12, CEPH will do a website go to of the MPH at its household foundation in Flint.

Having the MPH by means of the CEPH accreditation technique has been a prolonged-standing target for the university. It has not been straightforward, which speaks to the top quality of Director Wayne McCullough’s management and the fantastic accreditation staff he has set together. Kudos to Connie Currier for her great perform on this task – if any person has been through the thick and thin of the method over its historical past, it is Connie! (Photo over L-R: Wayne McCullough, Connie Currier, and Lynne Lievens.)

I have completed a ton of accreditation do the job in my profession, and I have the greatest regard for the MPH faculty and employees as they’ve brought us ideal up to the end line. In truth, persons executing accreditation perform are cautious not to communicate about a web page go to as a complete line. There is usually get the job done to do following the visit, and accreditation nationally has moved toward a ongoing course of action improvement design. That stated, the internet site visit on Nov 11-12 is a great step on the pathway.

The final pair of many years have been remarkable for the MPH. As an instance, admissions are up from about 30 in 2020, to 80 so much in 2021. Some of that may well be the impression of COVID-19, or learners selecting the program mainly because of accreditation, or the all round operate of the Division of Public Well being. In any case, the plan has a healthful 164 university student enrollment on the path to their MPH levels.

All students who graduated just after the application entered the ultimate pathway for CEPH accreditation in 2019 count as graduating from an accredited MPH and share in crossing the finish line way too.

The pandemic has shown how interconnected community well being is with legislation, local community daily life, drugs, conversation, media, and…politics. To aid organized MPH students and clarify the location of general public overall health in our state, MPH faculty Robey Champine, PhD, and John Clements, PhD, have designed MPH programs on the pandemic. HM 862: Global Pandemics and Community Well being Programs, Regulation, and Community Impacts is an elective for undergraduates, MPH pupils, and graduate pupils about our technique of general public health and COVID-19. A no cost, publicly available training course, Endorsing Community Overall health in Michigan in the Face of COVID-19, has helped 230 members of the community understand a lot more about COVID-19 and group wellness in Michigan.

Quite shortly, the MSU-Henry Ford partnership (HFH+MSU Health Sciences) begins a new section as scientists at Henry Ford start the MSU system for formally making use of for college positions. Men and women like Kathy Huber at Henry Ford and Barbara Forney at MSU have carried out wonderful function revising our school forms and process to be distinct and useful for the more than 100 Henry Ford scientists coming into the school ranks. To be very clear, the departmental acceptance procedure is unchanged, but people have tried using to help obvious the red tape. Right after the scientists full the course of action, we will go on to clinicians and other educating faculty. This is an exciting stage that will even more integrate the institutions and expand the impact of MSU.

Serving the individuals with you,


Aron Sousa, MD
Interim Dean

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