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Vassar And Columbia Form Public Health Degree Partnership

From left to right, Dr. Julie Kornfeld, Vice Dean, and Dr. Linda Fried, Dean, of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health; and Dr. Elizabeth Bradley, President, and Dr. David J. Esteban, Associate Professor, of Vassar College

Vassar College and Columbia University have established a partnership for a Master’s Degree in public health.

The partnership between Vassar College and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health enables Vassar students to earn a master’s degree in public health one year after they graduate from Vassar. Starting this fall, juniors at Vassar may begin the application process and take courses that will help lead to acceptance into the new program. Vassar President Elizabeth Bradley says it’s the first time in Vassar’s history that the college has a partnership that leads to a graduate degree. Some five students will be accepted in the first year, and will intern during the summer. They will take classes at Columbia Mailman School in the first semester of their senior year. After they graduate from Vassar, the students will spend the following year at Columbia Mailman completing course requirements for their master’s degree in public health.

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