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Jan Carney Weighs in on the Merits of Online Public Health Education

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Professor Jan Carney, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Public Health and Health Policy at the Robert Larner MD College of Medicine at UVM, talks about the power of online public health education in an interview with

The California-based website, which covers health care employment, asked Dr. Carney about whether online Master of Public Health degrees are as worthwhile as traditional MPH degrees.

Dr. Carney, who leads UVM Master of Public Health online program, says online education is tremendously valuable.

“Actually, with the growth and availability of new teaching technologies, our experience is that many students find substantial advantages in the online MPH environment. They have the flexibility to work while completing their studies,” she says. “In addition, they have the benefit of being able to find relevant public health experiences, as a part of the curriculum, wherever they live and not just in the physical location of the academic program. Students are generally more engaged in online learning and our faculty are creative and experienced teachers.”

The 42-credit online graduate program at UVM gives students the opportunity to explore public health and policy issues while gaining a strong foundation in population health sciences.

This program is ideal for students who want to learn more about:

  • Environmental public health
  • Social and behavioral sciences in public health
  • Public health law and ethics
  • Epidemiology

As far as what students can gain from UVM’s online Master of Public Health program, Dr. Carney says, “Learning about policy and advocacy is also an important part of our program and crucial to health improvements in many areas. Gaining a population perspective from the study of public health affords students the opportunity to develop the academic and practical skills needed to really make a difference in health, whether in communities, states, or entire countries.”

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