Child and Family Health in the Global Community
The M.S. in Child & Family Health in the Global Community (CFHGC) is a 36-credit hour graduate program and is a key component of the educational programs making up the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics’ signature in public health. The M.S. program offers students an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the factors influencing the health and well-being of children and families in the context of the global community. The program examines a broad spectrum of factors, including infectious and chronic diseases, genetics and disabilities that require families to interface with medical care providers, service agencies, and policy decision makers in their communities.
The M.S. in Child & Family Health in the Global Community is a unique interdisciplinary academic program in the Falk College that builds on expertise in areas including public health, child and family development, social work, nutrition, inclusive education and law. The faculty come from diverse backgrounds including extensive experience in the Caribbean, Canada, East Asia and the Middle East that will offer students valuable exposure to issues and lifestyles of these cultures. The varieties of faculty disciplines offer students more than the traditional perspective that will add in-depth knowledge from multiple perspectives. The faculty work in a multi-disciplinary setting daily and have experience teaching students from beyond their discipline.
The M.S. in CFHGC will develop a new generation of health professionals with a comprehensive understanding of how cultural and contextual factors shape children’s health and illness, influence family choices for care, and increase children’s exposure to potential dangers. This degree prepares graduates for health careers in a variety of local, national and international settings. The graduate training includes education in and outside the classroom. Students gain an in-depth understanding of health-related factors that limit performance in schools and access and use of legal and health systems, for all individuals including those with physical disabilities. Our students will be well trained professionals in health and social policies, program development and implementation and program evaluation, which will allow them to work in policy, research, and service settings.
Overall this program seeks to develop health care professionals who are trained to meet the needs of local, national, and international communities. The global perspective of the program will be invaluable for graduate students interested in meeting the needs of the increasingly diverse population of New York State and the United States