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Public Health Partnership Offers Timely Opportunity

A new Master of Public Health partnership launches at St. Norbert at a time when the work of public health professionals has never been more in the collective consciousness. The new program, many months in the making, offers significant opportunity for qualified SNC students looking for an accelerated path into the profession.

Through the partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), up to 10 qualified students annually will complete three years of undergraduate studies at SNC followed by two years in the M.P.H. program at the MCW Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The program allows participants to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our students and a timely partnership with MCW,” says David Bailey (Biology). “Health crises, like the current COVID-19 pandemic, emphasize the need for highly trained public health professionals who can work to shape policy, lead education efforts, and perform vital research with government agencies, nonprofits or private companies. The knowledge and skills students gain in this 4+1 program will allow these dual-degree graduates to improve the health of populations locally and globally, in the spirit of our college’s Norbertine tradition.”

Jamie Lynch (Sociology) adds, “The St. Norbert College and MCW 4+1 Master of Public Health partnership is an ideal combination of a liberal arts education paired with professional training that directly embraces the mission of St. Norbert College.”

The M.P.H. program agreement strengthens an established educational partnership between MCW and St. Norbert. The Gehl-Mulva Science Center at St. Norbert College is home to MCW-Green Bay’s administration offices and classrooms, making SNC the smallest college in the United States to house a medical college on its campus. St. Norbert and MCW also partner on a pharmacy program.

“We are eager to partner with St. Norbert College for this exciting opportunity,” says Matthew Hunsaker, dean of the MCW-Green Bay campus. “We are looking forward to meeting those students who have a desire to improve the health of their communities. The current COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates how our communities need highly trained public health professionals who can work to enact change, lead research initiatives and provide education to the populations who need it most.”


May 8, 2020