Academic Program Proposal

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Proposal
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Proposal
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Program
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MHEC Final
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Final
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Date
12/1/2016Johns Hopkins University
Proposal
M.P.H.Master of Public Health1/30/2017
Master of Public Health Program Description
The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) addition of an area of concentration (AOC) in Aging and Public Health is designed for students seeking training in quantitative research methods who wish to pursue multi-systems approach to the study of aging from the perspectives of the aging individual (i.e., brain systems, body, and mind), the environments in which they age (i.e., home, work, neighborhoods, and healthcare), and interventions that target these systems to delay and treat the progression of chronic diseases.  The goal of the concentration is to help students integrate coursework with direct participation in the design, conduct, and/or analysis of existing, ongoing, or new observational, clinic, and intervention studies of aging.  Students may elect to target subspecialties that address age-related changes in cognitive and physical functions; auditory, visual and vestibular systems; health care and policy; health disparities; women’s health; and aging in the workplace.  Graduates of the program will be able to evaluate how the biology of the aging brain, body, and sense influence late-life vulnerability and informs the prevention and treatment of chronic disease; examine and design research that takes into account the complexities associated with the study of aging adults; learn, design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions and policy to improve the health of diverse aging populations; and identify research methods for studying aging systems that span individual behaviors, biology and environmental contexts.