The Challenge of Now—The Dartmouth Institute Welcomes Largest Ever Class of New Students

The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine welcomed 113 MPH/MS and hybrid MPH candidates, together the largest class to date, during an interactive virtual orientation.

“The need for public health practitioners, researchers, and teachers has never been more profound. I am grateful to the incoming class for joining us on this journey,” said Amber Barnato, MD, MPH, MS, director of The Dartmouth Institute. “I commend them for their commitment to the field and the resilience they demonstrate by seeking to grow and learn in a time of such global uncertainty.”

Craig Westling, DrPH, MPH, MS, executive director of education, said he was excited to welcome new students to the Dartmouth community and is looking forward to meeting everyone. He then noted the advantage of being part of a small college is that students and faculty are able to develop close relationships.

In closing, he said, “As you begin this journey, I challenge you to gain the knowledge and skills you need to address underlying, fundamental population health issues that lead to indefensible health disparities.

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