New Northeastern program to tackle urban health issues

Talia Whyte | 5/14/2008, 9:15 a.m.

Students will also have opportunities to conduct urban health research and coursework outside the classroom — both locally and internationally. Amaro, Mohammed and Lincoln are organizing a student exchange program with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in south Israel. Other similar exchange programs, in Latin America and Asia, are also being planned specifically to focus on urban health.

“Israel has such incredible diversity, so it is a good place to do comparative work on racial disparities and urban health,” said Amaro. “This international exchange is one of Northeastern’s primary goals — you learn from being inside and outside the classroom in real world and real practice settings.”

Amaro and Mohammed said they are making significant efforts to recruit qualified students from all backgrounds, identifying the enrollment of students of color as especially important. They said that communities of color often feel left out of major discussions and decisions on urban health policy.

Along with a flexible part-time study program for aspiring students who also have day jobs, Amaro trumpeted Northeastern’s vast scholarship opportunities for qualified students who would otherwise not be able to afford a graduate school education. According to Amaro, 60 percent of students receiving fellowships and research assistantships through her institute are minorities.

“We want to address health disparities from all angles,” Amaro said. “In order to do this, we have to look at the diversity of both urban communities and public health professionals who work on their behalf.”

For more information about Northeastern’s MPH in Urban Health, including information on how to apply, contact Dr. Shan Mohammed by phone at 617-373-7729 or via e-mail at s.mohammed@neu.edu.