Navigate Up
UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
Senior Manager
Telephone: 412-578-9193 or 412-624-3212
Patients and medical professionals may call 1-800-533-UPMC (8762) for more information.

University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences

​Center for Minority Health Receives Gift to Support Graduates Taking Public Health Certification Exam

PITTSBURGH, November 1, 2007 An anonymous donor has contributed $1,500 to the Center for Minority Health (CMH) at the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) to provide scholarships to students and graduates taking the public health certification exam.

We are in the middle of a million-dollar fund-raising campaign to support health disparity research and we have earmarked these funds to be used for scholarship money to pay for five GSPH students and graduates to take the exam, said Stephen B. Thomas, Ph.D., CMH director and Philip Hallen Professor of Community Health and Social Justice at GSPH. The aim is to identify eligible candidates and disburse the funds by Nov. 9 in order to take advantage of the early registration reduced fee.

Administered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners, the exam is designed to increase recognition of the public health professions and raise the visibility of public health as well as measure and improve the competency and consistency of public health workers nationwide.

A nationally recognized credential in public health is essential for the profession and we must ensure that exam fees do not pose a barrier to anyone eligible for the exam, especially racial and ethnic minorities, said Dr. Thomas.

Efforts to increase the number of public health professionals from under-represented minorities is critical to addressing the issue of health disparities in our nation. The Sullivan Commission Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Diversity at Pitt recommended the Schools of the Health Sciences develop innovative opportunities to increase the number of under-represented minorities in public health and other health professions. The Task Force reported several studies had demonstrated that the percentages of minorities in the public health workforce are far lower than desirable.

This gift will be a terrific opportunity to allow a GSPH student or alum from an under-represented minority group to join in the public health workforce with the designation, Certified Public Health, or C.P.H., indicating their competence in essential public health knowledge and skills, said Sandra Quinn, Ph.D., associate professor and GSPH associate dean for student affairs and education and co-leader of the Sullivan Commission Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Diversity at Pitt.

Established in 1994 with a grant from the R.K. Mellon Foundation, CMH is committed to translating evidence-based research into community-based interventions and innovative outreach practices. CMH provides the infrastructure for addressing health issues among ethnic and racial minorities and other vulnerable and underserved populations. For more information, visit the Web site at www.cmh.pitt.edu.

 

©  UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
Supplemental content provided by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions. All rights reserved.

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on UPMC.com is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, UPMC.com is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

For UPMC Mercy Patients: As a Catholic hospital, UPMC Mercy abides by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, as determined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. As such, UPMC Mercy neither endorses nor provides medical practices and/or procedures that contradict the moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

© UPMC
Pittsburgh, PA, USA UPMC.com