Kansas State University: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Graduate Public Health Education (USA)

The Master of Public Health Program at Kansas State University in Manhattan Kansas (USA) continues its innovative, interdisciplinary approach to graduate public health education.

While a few other Master of Public Health programs in the United States are partially aligned with a College of Veterinary Medicine, K-State’s program is housed in one. And, three other colleges on the campus, along with the Graduate School, are partners in the program, making it truly interdisciplinary. 

Started in the fall semester of 2003, the Kansas State MPH Program was initiated as a collaboration of the Graduate School and the Colleges of Agriculture, Arts & Sciences, 

Human Ecology, and Veterinary Medicine, with the first interim director from Human 

Ecology, Carol Ann Holcomb, PhD. This innovative approach was both cost effective and efficient with its use of existing infrastructure, faculty and courses. Today, the college partners are still the same, and the program has its first full-time Director, Michael B. Cates, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, also a Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine. 

Brigadier General (Retired) Cates is the former Chief of the Army Veterinary Corps and the first veterinarian to serve as the Commanding General of the Army’s main public health organization, the Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine as well as the Surgeon General’s primary senior executive on Preventive Medicine and Public Health.

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