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Thursday, April 12, 2007
UMass Amherst brings back public health bachelor's
By James Vaznis, Globe Staff
The University of Massachusetts at Amherst will bring back its undergraduate degree in public health sciences this fall.
The degree should help meet a growing demand for public health workers to respond to pandemics, bio-terrorism, and other public health crisis. The university dropped the degree in 1989 to focus on its graduate programs in public health.
The state Board of Higher Education is expected to approve the program at its meeting next week. UMass already has started to admit students.
Brandeis University is the only other Massachusetts college that offers an undergraduate major in public health, according to the state board.