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Columbia: Launches BA-MPH Program with Vassar

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health has formed a partnership with Vassar College that will enable Vassar students to earn a Master’s degree in Public Health a year after they graduate from Vassar.

Starting this fall, juniors at Vassar may begin the application process and take courses that will help lead them to acceptance into the Columbia Mailman-Vassar partnership. Those accepted into the program (about five students in the first year) will spend the summer participating in a hands-on internship approved by Vassar and Columbia, and they will take classes at Columbia Mailman School in the first semester of their senior year. After they graduate from Vassar, the students will spend the following year at Columbia Mailman School completing course requirements for their Master’s in Public Health. They will receive their degrees upon completion of their Master’s thesis.

The Vassar announcement follows a similar “4+1” partnership with Barnard College launched last year. This fall, for the first time, Barnard students are taking public health classes as part of the BA-MPH program.

“Public health presents a world of opportunities to research and advance new knowledge and develop solutions to today’s most complex health challenges,” said Dean Fried. “We are passionate about our role in educating the next generation of public health leaders, and we are very excited by the chance to welcome Vassar’s talented students to our classrooms.”

To kick off the partnership, Vassar and Columbia Mailman School hosted a symposium on the Vassar campus. The event featured students, faculty and administrators from the two institutions as well as members of the local public health community.

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