Medical students enroll in new degree program

SCRANTON- The Commonwealth Medical College, in partnership with East Stroudsburg University, has enrolled four students of the class of 2017 interested in pursuing a doctor of medicine and a masters degree in public health.

The dual degree was developed in an effort to fully integrate public health training into the education of primary care physicians.

Public health training prepares students to enter the field of public health as practitioners and researchers working in the prevention of disease and the improvement of the quality of life in communities.

The dual degree program combines the strengths of two specialized degree programs to provide population-based healthcare principles to patient care with the goal of improving patient outcomes.

Students will receive additional training in public health by integrating public health studies, experiences and research at East Stroudsburg University during their medical school training.

Funding for this program was made possible by a five-year, $1.5 million federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to enhance the integration of public health and health care through a dual degree program and other health training between the two institutions.