Biology Professor Victoria Turgeon (left) is director of the new Master of Science in Community Engaged Medicine program. Photo provided by Furman University. 

Furman University plans to launch a new graduate degree program this summer that will allow students to learn about health-related disparities firsthand and work with community partners to meet those needs.

Called Master of Science in community engaged medicine, the program was developed in partnership with Furman’s Institute for the Advancement of Community Health and Greenville Health System to mitigate the growing imbalance between community health needs and resources, according to Troy Terry, executive director of graduate and evening studies at Furman.

The program is also designed to help students who want to apply to medical or dental school, or those planning careers in allied health professions, including physician assistants, dental hygienists, and radiographers. It will also provide avenues for students to enter public health programs and careers.

“It is important that the Master of Science in community engaged medicine be in alignment with Furman’s mission and extend liberal arts and sciences values to students who are ultimately planning careers in health care,” said Victoria Turgeon, professor of biology and director of the new program. “Courses and experiences in the program were created to make a difference in how future practitioners think about medicine and health.”

In addition to seminars and fieldwork in underserved communities, the program courses include applied human clinical anatomy, applied human clinical physiology, implicit bias and community engagement training, applied epidemiology, metabolic biochemistry and nutrition, and health policy.

Enrollment in the program is limited to 20 students per year. The 34-credit course is a 12-month, three-term program and is open to all qualified students with a bachelor’s degree. Applications for the summer term, which runs June 4-Aug. 9, are being accepted.

For more information, visit furman.edu.

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