TEMPE, Ariz. (September 16, 2015)—In collaboration with the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) is pleased to offer an opportunity for students to be dually enrolled in the naturopathic medical degree (ND) and a master’s degree in public health (MPH) programs. Naturopathic medical students will begin classes in the fall 2016.
Students must apply and be accepted into both programs in order to qualify. For the master’s degree in public health, students can choose to concentrate in either public health practice (PHP) or in health services administration (HSA).
“For a student interested in leadership positions in public health at government agencies, international health organizations and non-governmental associations, this is a tremendous opportunity to develop a career path,” said Paul Mittman, SCNM's president/CEO. “For SCNM, this collaboration represents another milestone in our strategic plans to grow the college’s academic side as well as our ability to reach and engage more students, faculty and staff.”
By following the recommended course sequence, students can complete both programs in five years. SCNM students accepted into the public health program will begin taking courses in their first or second year. Courses will be held online and at the downtown Phoenix campus of the University of Arizona. Classes for the naturopathic medical degree will be held on the SCNM campus in Tempe.
“Students of naturopathic medicine seek formal public health training. The fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine are similar to those of public health in such areas as health promotion, prevention, and patient education,” said Dr. Cecilia Rosales, assistant dean of Phoenix programs at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health. “ND’s are trained to be more proactive in their approach to wellness than reactive approaches to disease management and treatment.”
“We think it is important to offer public health training to all healthcare providers responsible for individual care. This is especially important with the new healthcare law that seeks to keep the population well rather than treating and managing illness.”
Dr. Rosales said the collaboration enhances career opportunities for SCNM students as well as opens up wider inclusion of naturopathic medicine in the broader public health community. “At the same time, we are at the very front end of what we expect to be a tremendous partnership with the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.”