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AmeriCorps Alums and the MPH@GW: From Direct Service to Public Health Leadership

May 29, 2014


Today’s post is sponsored by MPH@GW, the online Master of Public Health program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. AmeriCorps alumni members who are accepted and enroll in MPH@GW are eligible for a $5,000 academic scholarship.

Like many AmeriCorps alumni, Zach Patinkin is passionate about improving the health of communities. Currently an MPH@GW student, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins and was looking to apply to medical school. It wasn’t until his experience as a City Year Boston Corps member in 2011, however, that he began considering a Master of Public Health. “During my AmeriCorps experience, I started to think of things not just on the one-to-one level, but on the population level. In order for programs like AmeriCorps to work and for people to support individuals, policies have to be put into place on a population level,” Patinkin said.

GW’s Master of Public Health program prepares students to improve the health of local, national and global communities. With MPH@GW, students and AmeriCorps alumni, like Patinkin, can earn the same, high-quality MPH degree online without leaving their community or their career. Through an innovative online learning platform, MPH@GW allows students to:

  • Study with renowned GW professors who are respected leaders in the public health community
  • Grow their professional network through collaborative interactions with professors and accomplished peers from around the world
  • Gain real-world experience working in the field during a hands-on public health practicum
  • Continue with their personal and professional commitments as they advance their public health career

Passionate about combating obesity, Patinkin moved to Denver after his AmeriCorps experience where he now works at a pediatric nutrition lab. “It’s a great experience for me to learn about obesity, and I didn’t want to give up on this job,” he said. “MPH@GW allows me to stay in Denver and do what I want to do here while still getting this degree.”

Learn more about earning your MPH online from GW here.

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