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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 10, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 25
SPH Establishes Executive Degree Program for Asia-Pacific Region

By Tim Parsons
School of Public Health

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has signed an agreement with the Education Development Corp. in Taiwan to create an executive master of public health degree program for health professionals in the Asia-Pacific region. The agreement was signed on March 5 in Baltimore by Michael J. Klag, dean of the Bloomberg School, and Jenna T. Wang, chief executive officer of Education Development Corp.

"This is an exciting opportunity for the Bloomberg School of Public Health," Klag said. "Our mission as a school is to promote public health and share our knowledge with the world. I look forward to working together with our colleagues throughout Asia and the Pacific region to improve health and save lives."

The three-year Executive MPH program, expected to begin in early 2009, will offer courses specifically tailored to health professionals working in Asia-Pacific nations. Introductory course work will be done in Baltimore and followed by classes in Singapore and Hong Kong taught by Johns Hopkins faculty. Additional course work will be conducted on the Internet.

The Bloomberg School signed a similar agreement last month to develop an executive master of public health-doctor of public health degree program in health care management and leadership for students from Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.

The agreement, signed with the Health Authority-Abu Dhabi, also includes the development of research, educational and public health programs. The school will assist the emirate of Abu Dhabi in establishing its own in-country degree program that will be a regional and global center for excellence in health management and leadership education.


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