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AHS receives funding to create Joint Initiative on Veterans Health

The College of Applied Health Sciences & School of Social Work have received funding from the Office of the Provost to create a Joint Initiative on Veterans Health. 

The goal of the Investment for Growth Programs is to be responsive to high and emerging demand programs that lead to financial sustainability and additional sources of revenue. 

This proposal, which focuses on veterans health, encompasses three distinct objectives that relate to the discovery, learning and outreach missions of the university: (1) The creation of a new online joint Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Social Work (MSW) Certificate on Veterans Health for campus. Public health professionals increasingly are encountering veterans and their unique adjustment issues in health care delivery settings, and social workers are increasingly required to create comprehensive care frameworks for veterans that integrate physical health, mental health, and social determinants of overall health. Services to veterans in these settings require a great deal of interaction between public health workers, social workers, and other medical professionals. This certificate would offer a constructive learning context in which graduate students in public health and social work on campus can learn about veteran health issues together, while also learning theories and practical applications from each other’s disciplines. (2) The creation of a self-supporting online Professional Certificate on Veterans Health. A key appeal of the present proposal is that the University would be establishing an entirely new and comprehensive online curriculum in a topical area of interest to students on campus, and then also would make this curriculum available online externally to increase the range of the market. Including a self-supporting online option is especially desirable because there is great interest in this topic both within the U.S. and in other military venues. (3) The creation of a Research and Engagement Consortium on veterans mental health and human-computer interaction using Virtual Reality Therapy.


Read more about the FY23 funded programs here.

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