2010
IBHE OKs Benedictine’s bid to offer Master of Public Health program in Springfield

IBHE OKs Benedictine’s bid to offer Master of Public Health program in Springfield
October 15, 2010

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

gorr02Lisle, Illinois ~ The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) approved October 5 a proposal by Benedictine University to offer the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program at its Springfield branch campus.

"This is a natural program for Springfield because the two major employers in the area are health care and government," said Michael Bromberg, dean of Academic Affairs at Benedictine University at Springfield. "The M.P.H. program makes perfect sense for the Springfield workforce. We anticipate the first learning team will start in the spring of 2011."

The M.P.H. program combines the foundation disciplines of public health with a high degree of responsiveness to local needs and changing circumstances. The M.P.H. program seeks to produce graduates who will contribute to meeting the public health and health care needs of tomorrow.

Benedictine University at Springfield now offers master's programs in Public Health, Education, Business Administration and Management and Organizational Behavior; and 14 traditional undergraduate degree programs in Business and Economics, Communication Arts, Elementary Education, Finance, History, Marketing, Management and Organizational Behavior, Psychology, Sociology, Theology, and Writing and Publishing.

Benedictine also offers adult accelerated programs in Management and Organizational Behavior, Nursing (R.N.-to-B.S.N. completion) and Psychology; and a Ph.D. program in Organization Development.                                          

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (eighth in Illinois) for Master’s Universities, 11th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and as a Top School for International Students, Freshmen Retention and Graduation Rate for 2010 by U.S. News & World Report.