School of Community Health and Policy
The Morgan State University Public Health Program was launched in 1999 to produce a new generation of public health professionals. This program was the first to offer the DrPH degree at an HBCU. The Public Health Program was approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and focuses on issues that plague urban communities - including drug abuse, violence, HIV/AIDS, obesity, men's health and infant mortality. The MSU Public Health Program awarded its first four doctoral degrees in 2003.
In 2005, the School of Community Health and Policy (SCHP) was created to expand the University's health mission and program offerings to better respond to the need for a well prepared, diverse, culturally responsive health professions workforce. Salient characteristics of the school are its focus on urban communities, elimination of health disparities, and its use of a practce-based service learning framework.
The School of Community Health and Policy offers a range of unique graduate and undergraduate academic opportunities in Public Health, Nutrition, and Nursing. The school consists of the Public Health Program (graduate - MPH, DrPH), the Nursing Program (undergraduate and graduate - BS, MS) and the Nutritional Science Program (undergraduate - BS).
The School is committed to providing students from diverse backgrounds with a rigorous education in the health sciences, incorporating community-based learning as an integral component of the educational experience. The School of Community Health and Policy equips its graduates to assume professional positions that address health disparities confronting populations in urban areas in Maryland and across the nation.
The vision of the School of Community Health and Policy is to be an integral part of the community, working to achieve optimal health.
The Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy's mission is to develop a corps of health professionals committed to transforming urban communities by promoting health and reducing health inequities.
The School of Community Health & Policy’s Get SMART (Students/Society Mobilized and Retooled to Transform) Project will be working together with the Mario Do Right Foundation to promote substance abuse and HIV/AIDS awareness among emerging adults on the Morgan State University Campus and surrounding community. The Mario Do Right Foundation is a non-profit youth development organization emphasizing substance abuse prevention via education, awareness and support to those who are children of substance abusing parents.
The Do Right Foundation will share information related to the Get SMART project via their Do Right/Social Toaster Campaign, which will post Get SMART project information to their social media sites (Facebook, Twitter) informing emerging adults of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS information and ways that they can become involved with Get SMART. The Get SMART project will also promote information about the Do Right Foundations programs and events through the university’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
The GET SMART project is a SAMHSA grant funded project that aims to prevent substance use, HIV and sexually transmitted infections among 18 -24 year old emerging adults on campus and within a one mile radius of Morgan State University. Partnering with the Do Right Foundation to increase the projects reach and utilize the latest social media tools to engage the targeted population will go a long way towards meeting Get SMART’s goals.