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Global Public Health selected as Monmouth’s second Triad

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Monmouth College president Clarence R. Wyatt recently announced the development of a second Triad of studies focusing on Global Public Health (GPH).

Two years ago, Monmouth College established Global Food Security as its first Triad, bringing together three academic disciplines – in that case, anthropology, biology and economics – to focus on an issue of social importance and provide more depth and breadth to its study.

The GPH Triad will focus on improving the physical and mental health of people around the world by researching disease and treatments, promoting healthy lifestyles and studying the prevention of illness and injury. The three disciplines linked to the new Triad are psychology, kinesiology, and modern languages, literatures and cultures. It was one of seven internal proposals submitted by faculty and vetted through a variety of criteria.

“As Monmouth looks to ‘Think Anew, Act Anew,’ we continue to rethink education as it exists today,” said Wyatt. “The Triad concept brings together even more clearly and seamlessly the concepts of multidisciplinary, engaged and experiential teaching and learning, focused on an issue of true societal importance – demonstrating the power of the liberating arts to effect positive change in the world. The Triad enhances the intellectual and personal development of our students by providing them with an even more intensive and empowering experience. “

“We are very excited to have been chosen and believe an undergraduate program in Global Public Health at Monmouth College will be attractive to current and prospective students,” said psychology professor Joan Wertz, an author of the GPH proposal. “This program will provide opportunities for experimental learning and for study abroad, as well as help to prepare our students for a variety of careers related to health.”

Monmouth’s first Triad has been developed into an academic minor, and donors Mark and Deborah Kopinski recently stepped forward to create a scholarship for students invested in the program. The Global Food Security Triad aims to prepare students to understand issues pertaining to nutritional equity and providing attainable and sustainable solutions for feeding a population of more than 9.5 billion.

“Our Global Food Security triad has begun extremely well,” noted David Timmerman, dean of the faculty. “Students have engaged with the curricular and cocurricular aspects of the program including a dozen courses, helping to start a local chapter of PUSH (Presidents United to Solve Hunger), expanding our efforts with the college’s educational garden and farm under the direction of Professor Craig Watson, and participating in several national conferences. Our Whiteman Lecture this spring will be Rebecca Middleton, managing director of the Alliance to End Hunger. Also, we will be sending three faculty members and five students to Senegal this summer to do research on food security there.”