Monday, June 04, 2018

E. Carolina Univ. to establish School of Rural Public Health

East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C, has announced it will establish a School of Rural Public Health in August 2020. "The new school will initially combine departments and centers already in existence at ECU – public health, health education and promotion, biostatistics, health services and information management and the Center for Health Disparities," WITN-TV reports. "These departments are currently spread throughout three separate buildings on the university's two campuses – the Brody School of Medicine, the College of Allied Health Sciences and the College of Health and Human Performance."

A University of North Carolina System Board of Governors' committee approved the program last week. Kimberly van Noort, the system's interim senior vice president for academic affairs, said the program fits the board's strategic plan to reach out to rural communities and students.

"We feel that it's a very important step by East Carolina University to recognize and to honor both their mission and the needs of the people of their surrounding community that they serve," van Noort told WITN. "They have long been a leader in public health in the eastern part of North Carolina and indeed serve as the model for the entire state."

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