Lisle, Illinois~An aging population and the burdens of diseases, urbanization, industrialization and globalization have stretched the ability of officials in China to respond to public health emergencies.
In a report released in 2009, the Chinese government recognized some of the problems it faces, including the gap between the development of China’s health care sector and people’s health demands, service level inequities between urban and rural areas, unreasonable resource allocation, an incomplete medical insurance system and insufficient investment in health.
Producing health care professionals able to help China meet its growing public health concerns is one goal of a partnership between Dalian Medical University (DMU) in Dalian, Liaoning province, China, and Benedictine University to offer Benedictine’s Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program in China.
Benedictine and DMU recently received permission from the Ministry of Education (MOE) in China to make the M.P.H. program available there. Earlier, Benedictine received permission from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to offer the M.P.H. program in China.
“Benedictine and DMU have collaborated for the past year on the application to the MOE, and we were thrilled to receive this approval,” said Elsie Yuan, executive director of International Programs and Services at Benedictine. “The MOE accepts new program applications twice a year, and all applications undergo an extremely careful and complicated selection process.
“Each application or proposed program must pass numerous levels of internal and external expert examinations and reviews, and obtain many approvals from provincial to national levels,” she added. “Proposed programs must meet the needs of the development of China’s educational cause, and only high-quality foreign educational programs are considered.”
The Benedictine M.P.H. program, the second largest in Illinois, is built on a base of core courses that teach the foundations of the public health processes. Each course has a conceptual, factual and skill base. Students learn the disciplines by attaining the knowledge and skills to perform professional functions.
Benedictine's M.P.H. can be applied in a variety of settings, including: administration of private health organizations, social service or public health agencies; managing, planning and evaluating community or workplace health promotion programs; working on cancer surveillance or in the pharmaceutical industry; and current and future health positions in medicine, nursing, dentistry or pharmacy.
Benedictine and DMU received permission to recruit 80 students per year from 2012 to 2016. The program is approved through 2018.
DMU is a multi-disciplinary medical university which also offers programs in other fields like arts, science, management and law on two campuses with an enrollment of more than 10,000 students. Dalian is a major city and seaport of 6 million people in Northeast China.
Benedictine and its partner universities in China seek to provide students with the skills and knowledge that will help create a new era of understanding and cooperation.
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the sixth largest in the Chicago area in 2014.