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Master’s in Community Engaged Medicine

What is an m.s. in community engaged medicine?

The health of a person is inextricably linked to the health of the community. Medical providers and leaders are growing increasingly aware that effective health care extends beyond the clinical setting and must engage the community as a whole. The Master of Science in community engaged medicine is a 12-month graduate program that puts students into the field to learn about health disparities firsthand, leading to an advanced understanding of science and population health and all of the social and biological factors that can affect it.

Why pursue a master’s in community engaged medicine at Furman?

Furman’s M.S. in community engaged medicine is unique in its ability to combine public health science with biomedical sciences. With a sophisticated understanding of the growing imbalance between community health needs and resources, students will be better prepared to be health care professionals. As a private liberal arts and sciences university, Furman provides an exceptional environment for a multidisciplinary approach to health care studies. Small class sizes of 15 to 20 students provide one-to-one access to faculty who are among the best in their fields. Students have access to state-of-the-art resources and facilities. Get in touch with our admissions team to learn more.

How will you learn?

In addition to coursework and seminars on topics such as anatomy, physiology, epidemiology and health policy, students will pursue a nine-month clinical experience with partner organizations in the community that are working to address the needs of under-resourced populations. Students will also participate in implicit bias and community engagement training and will receive career counseling and test preparation for professional examinations such as the MCAT, DAT or GRE.

Careers for M.S. – community engaged medicine graduates

The degree can significantly enhance the academic records of students pursuing medical school, dental school or other health-related professional programs and careers.

A background in community engaged medicine can be a step toward a career as a:

  • General or family practitioner
  • Medical specialist
  • Dentist
  • Physician assistant
  • Health law professional
  • Health researcher
  • Health care administrator
  • Community organizer
  • Nonprofit executive

M.S. – community engaged medicine courses: What will you study?

Implicit Bias and Community Engagement

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Community Medicine Fieldwork

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Health Policy

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student to faculty ratio

What our students say

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“During my time in the program, I became privy to why this program is called ‘community engaged medicine.’ I realized that being engaged with people, learning their stories, their concerns, and their joys – these were the central pillars in community health, as well as medicine at large.” - Mohammad Hooshmad Zaferanieh M’21

Our faculty

Your professors will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s faculty represents decades of study and practical expertise. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

  • Rachael Bowers,  Ph.D.
    Title:

    Director of Education and Co-Director of MS in Community Engaged Medicine

    Rachael Bowers,  Ph.D.

    Rachael Bowers,  Ph.D.
    Title:

    Director of Education and Co-Director of MS in Community Engaged Medicine

    Phone Number: 8642942040

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  • Victoria Turgeon
    Title:

    Professor of Biology, Academic Director of Prisma Partnerships

    Victoria Turgeon

    Victoria Turgeon
    Title:

    Professor of Biology, Academic Director of Prisma Partnerships

    Phone Number: 8642943791

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  • Melanie Sutherland
    Title:

    Assistant Education Director

    Melanie Sutherland

    Melanie Sutherland
    Title:

    Assistant Education Director

    Phone Number: 8642942252

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  • Dennis C. Haney
    Title:

    Professor of Biology

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    Dennis C. Haney
    Title:

    Professor of Biology

    Phone Number: 8642942050

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  • Mara Robu
    Title:

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

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    Mara Robu
    Title:

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

    Phone Number: 8642943758

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  • Loretta Crowley
    Title:

    Health Education Manager

    Loretta Crowley
    Title:

    Health Education Manager

    Phone Number: 8642942344

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  • Pamela Hanson
    Title:

    Professor, Biology

    Pamela Hanson

    Pamela Hanson
    Title:

    Professor, Biology

    Phone Number: 8642942026

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  • Shaniece Criss
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

    Shaniece Criss

    Shaniece Criss
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

    Phone Number: 8642943606

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  • Linnea Freeman
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Biology

    Linnea Freeman

    Linnea Freeman
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Biology

    Phone Number: 8642943084

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  • FAQ

    What is community health?

    Community health is a multisector and multidisciplinary collaborative enterprise that uses public health science, evidence-based strategies and other approaches to engage and work with communities, in a culturally appropriate manner, to optimize the health and quality of life of all persons who live, work or are otherwise active in a defined community or communities.

    What are health care disparities?

    The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion defines a health disparity as “a particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social, economic and/or environmental disadvantage.” Race, ethnicity, sexual identity, age, disability, socioeconomic status and geographic location can all affect an individual’s ability to achieve good health. The concept of community engaged medicine works to overcome these disparities and to improve the health of all groups.

    How does implicit bias affect health care?

    Some recent studies have shown that racial and ethnic minorities and women receive less accurate diagnoses, less extensive treatment options and less pain management, and suffer worse clinical outcomes. Implicit bias training in a community setting can help practitioners become aware of and work against these unconscious biases, thereby providing better care for their future patients.

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