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 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 or call (630) 829-6215.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. A 2016 PayScale Inc. report ranked BenU one of the top 10 colleges in Illinois for return on investment and in the top 20 percent nationally. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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