Benedictine, Health Sciences Antigua partner to offer online M.P.H. program

June 17, 2013

Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University and the University of Health Sciences Antigua have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to offer Benedictine’s nationally-ranked online Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program to Antigua students.

The University of Health Sciences Antigua is a private medical school in the Caribbean. Benedictine University’s online Master of Public Health program, ranked by TheBestColleges.org as the fifth best online program in the country, will be used to complement Antigua’s curriculum for educating physicians and health care providers.

“The Public Health field was conceived to provide common analytic and problem-solving tools to a variety of professionals who were concerned with population health,” said Alan Gorr, dean of the College of Education and Health Services. “Today, many medical students take the M.P.H. concurrently with their medical training.

“However, many medical schools have no department of public health and Benedictine University has no medical school,” he added. “Therefore, we are interested in finding appropriate partnerships both in the United States and abroad.

“The value of the agreement with Antigua lies in this synergy of two institutions as well as in the mission of the M.P.H. program to promote population health from many professional standpoints,” Gorr said.

Gorr said the University hopes to form more partnerships in the future to keep up with the demand for health care workers.

“We hope the Antigua initiative and our partnership with Dalian Medical University in China are the first steps in a series of such relationships which will enhance the professional preparation of many health workers in the United States and elsewhere,” he said.

For more information about Benedictine’s M.P.H. program, visit www.ben.edu/mph or call (630) 829-6215.

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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.

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