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Bay Path University adapts master’s in public health program to confront today’s challenges

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Longmeadow, MA– Students applying to Bay Path University’s master’s in public health program will have the opportunity to earn their degree through an experiential curriculum that’s been redeveloped to confront the challenges faced by today’s public health sector.

“We’ve thoughtfully readjusted our program to align with specific careers in the public health field, and we’re leaning into collaboration, working across areas of expertise to widen perspectives and share resources,” says Dr. Julie Watson, PhD, director of Bay Path’s master’s in public health program. “This gives students the opportunity to comprehensively look at issues and work together to develop solutions. These are the skills people need to effectively lead organizations.”  

MPH students will collaborate across disciplines with instructors and students in Bay Path’s MS in healthcare management, MS in nonprofit management, and doctor of health science programs. 

In addition, the University has launched career-focused concentrations in health informatics, nonprofit management, organizational excellence in healthcare, and productive aging, creating stackable credentials and structured pathways for continuous career growth in this crucial sector. 

“Public health, like all sectors, is constantly and rapidly changing. The work—and the skills necessary to perform it well—are being shaped and reshaped by innovation, technology, and the shifting needs of the population, and we need programs that allow people to grow their skillsets at the pace of all these changes,” says Dr. Watson.  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects overall employment of health educators and community health workers to grow 12% from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Bay Path is currently accepting applications to its master of public health program for the spring 2024 semester. Visit the Master of Public Health program page to learn about curriculum, faculty, program options, and more!   





 About Bay Path University

Bay Path University was founded in 1897. Bay Path’s enrolled population of over 3,000 includes traditional undergraduates; adult women at The American Women's College, the first all-women, all-online accredited degree program in the country; and women and men master’s and doctoral students. Bay Path’s goal is to give students confidence in the fundamentals of their chosen field, the curiosity to question the ordinary, the leadership to show initiative, and the desire to make a difference.