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 Education Coordinator to learn more or start your application today.

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.

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  • No. 6
    rank of Furman among National Liberal Arts Colleges in the Southeast, according to U.S. News and World Report
  • 94.6%
    full-time faculty at Furman with the highest degrees in their fields
  • 9:1
    student to faculty ratio
What our students say
“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.

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

Victoria Turgeon

Professor,Biology; Academic Director, Prisma Health Partnership; Faculty Ombuds

Melanie Sutherland

Assistant Education Director

Dennis Haney

Professor of Biology

Mara Robu

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Loretta Crowley

Health Education Manager

Pamela Hanson

Professor, Biology

Shaniece Criss

Associate Professor of Health Sciences

Linnea Freeman

Associate Professor, Biology
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Community Engaged Medicine – Master of Science F.A.Q.
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