The Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) Maternal and Child Health program has been awarded a $1.75 million grant and designated a national “Center of Excellence” by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The HRSA established the Center of Excellence program to “improve the public’s access to quality, culturally appropriate health care by increasing the number of underrepresented minority students who enter and successfully graduate from health professions training programs.”
According to the HRSA, the Centers of Excellence serve as “innovative resource and education centers for the recruitment, training, and retention of underrepresented minority students and faculty.”
Principal investigator Dr. Lois McCloskey, a professor of maternal and child health in the department of community health sciences, said BUSPH is one of 13 schools of public health to earn current recognition as a Center of Excellence. She said the new grant will build on BUSPH’s foundation as the largest MCH/MPH program in the country, with particular focus on practice-based education; diversity, inclusion, and health equity initiatives; and educating students to put the lifecourse perspective into practice.
To read more about the honor, go to: http://www.bu.edu/sph/2015/06/11/sph-named-center-of-excellence-for-maternal-and-child-health-program/