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Milken creates new online graduate concentration in women, youth, child health

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Program affiliates said the updated program will emphasize applied skills with hands-on fieldwork and advanced policy analysis.

The Milken Institute School of Public Health launched a women, youth and child health concentration in the online Master of Public Health program last week.

Officials created the concentration – which falls under the GW Center for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health public health school – to satisfy students’ “growing demand” to study the social, behavioral and “systems-related determinants” of women and children’s global health, according to a release. The concentration will allow graduate students to assess the societal needs of women and families to develop policies, strategies and interventions to improve the health of women, children and families, according to the concentration’s website.

Amita Vyas, the co-director of the new concentration and director of Milken’s Maternal and Child Health Program, said students in the concentration will graduate with “holistic” knowledge of health and behavior systems, “change models” and strategies to use in current and future work.

“The courses in the WYCH concentration have been designed to give students the tools they will need to develop, implement, and evaluate programs that can effectively support the health and well-being of women, children and families everywhere,” Vyas said in the release.

The online concentration will mirror on-campus degree requirements and will accommodate full-and part-time students through two 12- or 18-month accelerated program tracks, according to the concentration’s website.

Fortune Education ranked Milken’s online Master of Public Health program the best in the country in 2022 and the U.S. News and World Report listed the school as No. 11 on their list of best public health graduate schools the same year.

“This concentration is designed for professionals looking to explore the social, behavioral and systems-related determinants that are unique to the health and well-being of women, children and families around the world,” the website states.

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