For Immediate Release
August 24, 2004
Austin-Distance Ed-Advisory
Contact: Andrea Pool at (979) 458-0773
Office of Communications
School of Rural Public Health
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center
http://www.srph.tamhsc.edu
Media Advisory: A&M Health Science Center Fills Public Health Education Void in Austin
WHO: The School of Rural Public Health (SRPH) at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center. Speakers include Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Commissioner of Health, Texas Department of Health (TDH); Dr. Nancy Dickey, president of the A&M Health Science Center and vice chancellor for health affairs for the A&M System; and Dr. Ciro Sumaya, SRPH dean.
WHAT: SRPH begins its first distance education classes in Austin on August 30. This will be the first Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program ever offered in Austin. The school will offer an interdisciplinary M.P.H. degree with a concentration in epidemiology and environmental health.
WHEN: August 26, 2004, at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Room K100 of the Texas Department of Health building, 1100 West 49th Street in Austin. Media are invited to attend.
WHY: There is a relatively small number of public health professionals to serve the nation and the majority are not formally trained in public health. To help alleviate that problem, for the last five years, SRPH offered its master’s degrees via distance education in several regions of Texas.

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