MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

Gayle Cummings, PsyD(c), MPH

Gayle

 

­­­Greetings to new and prospective students and program partners! I am honored to introduce the TUC Public Health (PH) Program and privileged to serve as the Assistant Dean and Program Director! This is a particularly exciting time for our program as we recently received notice of our re-accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for a 7-year term, effective July 2015!

We offer a social justice-enriched program that attracts and retains diverse students and faculty who work towards reducing health disparities and creating positive social change through public health practice. Social justice serves as the ethos of our program and is infused throughout our curriculum, research and service.

 Three major components make up our innovative program: 

  1. We offer the Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree which prepares students for careers as public health practitioners by providing students the expertise needed to assume leadership roles in managing the needs of populations at the local, state, national, and international level through volunteer, work-study and classroom hands-on projects from the very beginning and throughout their educational experience at TUC.
  2. We are also noted for training public health clinicians in three innovative combined degree programs focused on primary health care in under-served communities, epidemiological-based research, evaluation of community-based health programs, and academia: 
  • The Joint Master of Sciences in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS)/MPH Program, is a successful flagship of TUC in which the physician assistant studies and public health curricula are integrated into one curriculum;
  • The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)/MPH trains students concurrently enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) to assume leadership roles in population-based care and to incorporate prevention in their clinical practices; and  
  • The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)/MPH dual degree program offers students an integrated curriculum focusing on the knowledge and ingenuity of the delivery of pharmaceutical care within a population-based public health framework. 

3. With service to the community as our primary mission, the PH Program has solid partnerships with local departments of health, community organizations and non-governmental organizations; and maintains well-established institutional agreements with institutions in Bolivia, Cambodia, and Ethiopia.   These affiliations (domestic and international), provide our students an abundant number of sites from which to gain field study experience in partnership with organizations and practitioners working to promote health equity and community wellness.

Thank you for your interest in our program.

Sincerely,

Gayle Cummings, PsyD(c), MPH
Program Director & Associate Professor