Online medical students in Michigan to benefit from expansion of facilities in Flint

posted on Monday, Dec 12 2011

Michigan State University’s (MSU) College of Human Medicine recently announced plans to expand the range of facilities available to students enrolled in its online masters degree program in public health, reports

As part of the expansion plans, MSU will recruit several leading health researchers from across the U.S., as well as increase the number of medical students placed at hospitals throughout the city to provide more students with hands-on practical experience. The project will be made possible due to a donation of $2.8 million from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

“Not only is MSU providing crucial services to residents but also unique opportunities for students both in public health and medical education,” Lou Anna K. Simon, president of MSU, told the news source.

Students enrolled in the online masters degree program in public health currently complete a 30-day practicum period at local healthcare facilities in Genesee County. Thanks to the project, more students will be able to receive practical instruction by renowned healthcare research professionals.

According to the Flint Journal, the plans will also provide increased access to quality healthcare facilities for the residents of the city. Kirk Smith, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Flint Health Coalition, told the news source that MSU’s project is part of a city-wide health initiative to increase access to care, and to boost the city’s economy.


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