Special Educational Track
The Department of Cardiology in collaboration with the Henry Hood Center for Health Research and the Johns Hopkins University has established a special research track for interested incoming cardiology fellows. This opportunity is expected to provide a chance for the fellows to obtain a master’s degree in public health and choose a career in clinical investigation particularly in the rural setting. This distance MPH program is designed for fellows who have strong interest in clinical, epidemiological, health services, or behavioral health research or in public health practice. Candidates selected for this program, to begin in summer, 2015, will complete an MPH program in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health distance learning program.
The Geisinger cardiology fellowship/Hopkins MPH program is a part-time internet based curriculum that is designed to coincide with the clinical cardiology fellowship curriculum. Candidates must be first-year fellows in the cardiology department at Geisinger. The prospective fellow will apply to the Hopkins MPH program in February of their first training year (PGY4). Upon acceptance to the MPH program, the fellow will matriculate in June, just prior to starting their second fellowship year (PGY5). Fellows will complete the degree within three years of matriculation and during a forth postgraduate year (PGY7) through a combination of online courses, and in-person classes taken during intensive learning summer and winter institutes. Students can earn up to 75% of their academic credits online. The 25% (20 credits) of the academic credits must be earned in a traditional face-to-face format. These credits can be achieved in several ways: on-site courses, special intensive Institute course and courses offered in various locations off the main East Baltimore campus.
A total of 80 credits are required for graduation. Students are required to complete a core curriculum in the five areas below that accounts for approximately half the credits required for graduation:
- Biostatistics and epidemiology
- Environmental health sciences
- Public health biology
- Management sciences
- Social & behavioral sciences
Students will complete the other half of the required credits by selecting elective courses that will be in the above areas of concentration.
Participating fellows will also be required to complete a MPH capstone project. The goal of the MPH capstone project is to give all students an opportunity to synthesize, integrate and apply the skills and competencies they have acquired to a public health problem. The fellow will be required to pursue a research project that is publishable. Fellows will receive guidance and mentorship from the Center for Health Research & Rural Advocacy investigators as well as an academic advisor from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Fellows who qualify for the joint Geisinger/Hopkins program will have their tuition subsidized by a restricted Geisinger Health System educational grant and the Geisinger Tuition Assistance Program.