“Relationship. Relationship. Relationship.” is framed as such to emphasize the primacy of relationship development in authentic public health. It is also expressed in this way to acknowledge the multiple levels of relationship available to us in our effort. It is reasonable to assert that effectiveness depends on our relationship with ourselves; with other individuals; within our communities; and with our environment. Emotional intelligence, a characteristic necessary for effective management of relationships, emphasizes the need to recognize and manage our own emotion; to recognize and support the emotional needs of others; and to persevere despite frustration. In authentic public health, it is also appropriate to consider relationships within and between groups, communities, cities, regions, nations. While the hotbed of medicine is often considered the Intensive Care Unit, in public health we represent the Extensive Care Unit. Medicine tends to look inward. Public health tends to look outward. The public health vision and reach must be extensive, recognizing the relationship of the physical, social, and psychological environment to the individual; and acknowledging the influence of the individual on the physical, social, and psychological environment in which we exist. Person to population; population to person. Even when our interventions involve policy change that seems distant from those affected, the better we relate to and understand those influenced by the policy, the more likely change is to be effective. Relationship. Relationship. Relationship. It’s all about relationship.
As you build relationships in public health, the CWRU MPH program is here to assist you every step of the way. Some of the many resources available to MPH students include:
Community Health Research and Practice (CHRP) is a research interest group designed to bring together students, faculty, public health practitioners and researchers as part of a collaborative think tank. CHRP meetings occur weekly throughout the semester focusing on: development and completion of Capstone Projects, learning about ongoing faculty and student research projects, networking with campus and community partners, and development of publications and presentations for national conferences and peer reviewed journals. All students enrolled in MPHP 652: Capstone are expected to participate in CHRP throughout the completion of their projects. The CHRP meeting schedule is sent via email to the student body.
In recognition and support of local public health initiatives, internships are awarded throughout the year, and collaboratively developed by the student with a campus or community partner. While not exclusively dedicated to research projects only, these MPH-funded internships are often the basis for future student research, and in some cases, post-graduation employment. To receive a funded internship, the student must submit a detailed proposal to the MPH program. Students should first identify a campus or community partner with whom to work prior to developing the proposal. Complete details about the availability of internships are sent via email to the student body throughout the year.
The MPH program encourages engagement with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Ohio Public Health Association (OPHA). The program sponsors membership in both organizations for its students and staff. Full details are announced to the student body via email at the beginning of Fall semester.
A main goal of the School of Graduate Studies is to assist students in their efforts to succeed from application to graduation. The School of Graduate Studies serves as a warehouse for internships, fellowships, and funding to support research efforts of graduate students. Funding support for research development, implementation, and travel is made available broadly for students enrolled in programs contained within the school (including the Master of Public Health program). Based on the unique nature of the MPH program, with multiple dual degree programs, respective students are also eligible for research awards from the non-MPH in which they are also enrolled. Full information about the School of Graduate can be found on their website: gradstudies.case.edu.
The Office of Student Affairs provides programs, facilities, and services that extend and enhance the student experience at Case. Office members work to collaborate actively with students, faculty, and staff to develop programs and services that enhance the quality of life at the university and foster a just and humane campus. Staff members also encourage students to develop ethically, intellectually, socially, and physically. Students learn to act responsibly at the campus level, while embracing leadership and involvement on and off campus. Crisis intervention is an important function of the Vice President for Student Affairs as well as staff members. Students who have personal or family problems are urged to contact the Student Affairs staff and communicate their needs or concerns. Their goal is to listen, intervene if appropriate, or refer the student to other resources. Students' concerns remain confidential. Full details about the Office of Student Affairs can be found on their website: studentaffairs.case.edu.
International Student Services provides a smooth transition for international students who attend Case Western Reserve University. The office serves as a liaison with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, the U.S. Department of State, foreign embassies, educational consular offices, the International Institute of Education, and Fulbright-Hays grant offices. Full details about International Student Services can be found on their website: studentaffairs.case.edu/international.
University Counseling Services offers wellness programs, psychiatric services, and prevention and recovery service programs. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors and doctoral-level counseling trainees are all part of a student's support network. Clinics on healthy sleep, meditation, anxiety and stress management also are available on a regular basis. There is no fee for services provided by University Counseling Services. Full details about University Counseling Services can be found on their website: studentaffairs.case.edu/counseling.
University Health Service (UHS) provides healthcare for students on an emergency and non-emergency basis. The office provides support from physicians, nurses, psychiatrists and social workers. It also offers specialty clinics for skin, dermatology, allergies, and women's health, and coordinates the Student Medical Plan with Aetna Student Health. UHS is also the primary campus contact for the student insurance program, the Student Medical Plan. (Refer to page 36 of this document for details about the University’s health insurance requirement for students.) Full details about UHS can be found on their website: studentaffairs.case.edu/health.
Educational Services for Students (ESS) offers resources to enhance the academic experience at Case. Services include the Peer Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (SI) programs, Disability Resources, Graduate Teaching Assistant (TA) training, and individual consultation for academic success. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact ESS, to ensure the resources necessary to fully participate in their chosen programs and activities. Full details about ESS can be found on their website: studentaffairs.case.edu/education.
The CWRU libraries are an integrated system comprised of the Kelvin Smith Library, the Cleveland Health Sciences Library, the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library, the Mandel School of Applied Social Science’s Lillian F. & Milford J. Harris Library, the Astronomy Library, and the Kulas Music Library. All libraries support the faculty, students and staff of the undergraduate, graduate and professional schools, and are open to the public for in-house use of most materials. Combined, the university collections number more than 2.75 million volumes.
The Master of Public Health Program is most directly served by the Cleveland Health Sciences Library (CHSL), which includes the Health Center Library, located on the first two floors of the Robbins Building in the Case School of Medicine, and the smaller Allen Memorial Medical Library, housed in an architecturally significant neo-classical building on the corner of Euclid and Adelbert Avenues. Along with clinical books and journals, the Allen contains The Dittrick Medical History Center and its collection of rare books, archives, medical artifacts, and books on the history of medicine. The Health Center Library houses the collection of basic sciences, nursing, dentistry, and biology books, journals, audiovisuals, and microforms. The CHSL combined collections total over 430,000 volumes including electronics and collectibles, with print and electronic journal subscriptions numbering in excess of 60,000, electronic books numbering over 60,000, and print books numbering over 118,500. Any faculty, staff or student may request new journals which, within budget considerations, are ordered in the fall to begin a subscription for the coming year. Special requests are addressed throughout the year. The Cleveland Health Sciences Library serves as a resource library in the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. CHSL also participates in OhioLINK, OHIONET, and OCLC.
The CHSL website (www.case.edu/chsl/library/index.html) offers access to EuclidPLUS, the university's integrated on-line catalog, including PubMed, MEDLINE, other library catalogs, hundreds of databases, thousands of electronic journals and specialty resources. Through OhioLINK (www.ohiolink.edu), faculty, students and staff may search and retrieve materials from the holdings of all higher education institutions in the state for free. The library's ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Service (www.case.edu/chsl/library/illiad.html) will provide articles from anywhere, which can be delivered via mail, fax, or email (PDF attachment).
CHSL offers numerous resources for research training, including scheduled in-person sessions on a variety of topics, including databases, reference manager software, and electronic journals. The library also provides online guides to basic research in the health sciences, subject guides for selected topics, training handouts and PowerPoint presentations for research and writing. For schedules of courses and additional information, please refer to the Health Sciences Training website (www.case.edu/chsl/library/training.html). Sessions are open to faculty, staff and students. Library staff will also develop tailored instruction for specific classes as requested by faculty. CWRU students, faculty and staff also have unlimited free access to Lynda.com, a leading video-based IT training provider offering over 3275 training courses including Google Apps, Adobe CS5 Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, web development, audio/video production, computer programming, and Apple Mobile Devices. The video based tutorials are taught by industry experts and available 24/7, for self-paced learning.
Access Services is the office responsible for issuing Case ID Cards and managing their various functions, including granting access to facilities such as buildings and parking lots. Access Services also distributes Greater Cleveland RTA bus and rapid train passes each semester, available to graduate students at a cost of $75 per semester. Full details about Access Services can be found on their website: www.case.edu/finadmin/security/access/access.htm.
Note: As an active Case graduate student, your ID card will provide access to the following default areas with specific hours determined by the department or school in which the area is controlled: Carlton Basketball Court, Carlton Road Tennis Courts, Glennan 312, Glennan 317A, Juniper Basketball Court, Kelvin Smith Library, Mather Memorial G Restroom, Nord 415 Computer Lab, Medical School Library, Nord Hall Quad Side, North Residential Village Garage doors & elevators, Olin Perimeter, Thwing, Veale Center, and White Perimeter. Your ID card will also provide 24-hour access to the School of Medicine. For new students, access to the School of Medicine will begin after the start of classes.
Investing in a Case Western Reserve University education is investing in you. We realize that tuition, fees, and other expenses make it difficult for many students (and their families) to finance the cost of attending a college or university without some form of financial assistance. The Office of Financial Aid operates a sophisticated program of financial aid and scholarship opportunities to assist students and to ease the financial burden that a college education may represent. Full details about the Office of Financial Aid can be found on their website: finaid.case.edu.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Center at Case Western Reserve University provides a long-awaited home for members of the LGBT community and their allies. It also serves as a source of information and insight for those who have lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender children or loved ones. Finally, it is also a place that welcomes alumni and prospective students, faculty and staff. The LGBT Center provides a lounge, kitchenette, office, and study and meeting space. It has been designed to offer areas that encourage informal gatherings as well as more structured events. In addition, the Center provides places where people can seek both information and support. Full details about the LGBT Center can be found on their website: www.case.edu/lgbt.
The mission of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at Case Western Reserve University is to support and empower women through education, advocacy and leadership. The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women serves as a resource to all women at the university by offering a variety of initiatives focused on leadership development and recognition, gender equity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, and women's health. Additionally, the Project on Men and Gender (PMG) features annual programs and workshops that explore masculinity, men’s violence, gender stereotypes, and healthy relationships in the interest of reducing violence against women. Full details about the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women can be found on their website: www.case.edu/provost/centerforwomen/.
Please explore the following links for details about the additional resources available to students in the MPH program:
Student Representatives: Student-liaisons to the MPH Management Team.
Student Activities: Learn about what the activities you can engage in.
Innovations Conference: Learn about the Innovations in Population Health Conference hosted by the MPH Program each semester.
Student Awards: Learn about the awards our students earn.
MPH Handbook: Your guide to the MPH program.