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CDC Awards UW-Eau Claire
Environmental and Public Health Grant
MAILED: Nov. 27, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — With the help of a grant from the Centers for Disease Control, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is working to increase the number of online courses available to students seeking a master’s degree in environmental and public health.
In the fall of 2001, the Centers for Disease Control awarded the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services a $246,668 grant titled “Building Environmental Health Services Capacity in State and Local Departments of Public Health.”
According to Dr. Robert Nelson, professor, allied health professions, only three other states received “building capacity” grants of this nature. “The award to our state was well recognized nationally for its merit,” Nelson said.
As a part of the grant, the environmental and public health program at UW-Eau Claire was included as one of four contractual providers within the state. The three-year grant given to the university was in the amount of $90,176.
UW-Eau Claire recently completed the first year of the grant, which ran from Sept. 30, 2001, to Sept. 29, 2002. The $30,730 spent during that period went toward developing and evaluating Internet-based curriculum for the environmental and public health program and providing support for environmental health promotional activities.
Nelson said UW-Eau Claire is hoping to make online courses developed by the Food and Drug Administration and the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota available to its graduate students in the near future. Currently, there are three online courses in the catalog for environmental and public health.
UW-Eau Claire’s undergraduate environmental and public health program is one of fewer than 30 programs nationwide and the only one in the Upper Midwest that is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council. Its graduate program is the only one of its kind in Wisconsin.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: November 26, 2002