Benedictine University MPH Faculty Member Selected for Coveted Centers for Disease Control Program

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Benedictine University’s Master of Public Health faculty member Jason Horay was selected as one of only 60 individuals to take part in the Work@Health Train-the-Trainer Program sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

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Benedictine University’s online Master of Public Health faculty member Jason Horay was selected as one of only 60 individuals to take part in the Work@Health Train-the-Trainer program sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The Train-the-Trainer program is intended to instill within participants the knowledge and skills needed to deliver comprehensive workplace health training to employers through online, hands-on and blended training models. Acceptance into the Train-the-Trainer program is limited given that individuals must demonstrate experience with workplace wellness programs and also have sponsorship from state or local health departments, business collations, community-based health organizations or nonprofit organizations. Individuals also need to have previously demonstrated knowledge of the program’s curriculum, completed the Work@Health program and have at least one year of experience in a leadership role implementing health programs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the Work@Health Employer Training Program in January 2013. Horay was nominated by the North Carolina Department of Health and traveled to Atlanta, Ga. May 8 to attend the training lab. In Benedictine’s online Master of Public Health (MPH) program, Horay instructs:

  •     Public Health Education Programs and Skills
  •     Behavioral and Social Aspects of Public Health
  •     Marketing of Health Care Services
  •     Research Methods in Public Health
  •     Management of Health Services Organizations

“At Benedictine, our curriculum exposes students to real-time, real-life public health knowledge and skills and prepares them for leadership positions in the field. Mr. Horay is a perfect example of our cadre of “pracademics” – highly accomplished health professionals who are also excellent instructors,” stated Program Director Georgeen Polyak, Ph.D. “We are proud that Mr. Horay is one of the 60 health professionals selected to participate in the Work@Health Train-the-Trainer program. With this experience, he will connect our MPH students with state-of-the-art knowledge from the world’s most prestigious public health agency, the CDC. We feel that this highlights his commitment to the spirit of innovation, as well as the high caliber of experts on our faculty.”

The comprehensive Train-the-Trainer program is designed to help employers develop a skillset and capacity to build or enhance a science-based workplace health program. The program plans to enroll 540 employers to participate. Participants in the program will:

  •     Become skilled at utilizing integrated social media and professional training tools to deliver effective, basic comprehensive workplace health training.
  •     Receive up to $2,500 to facilitate the delivery of the Work@Health curriculum to other employers.
  •     Become part of an a select group of trainers who are able to provide basic, workplace health training to employers of small to mid-sized companies.
  •     Leverage the opportunities of a Peer Learning Network (PLN) to match their ideas, proven practices and knowledge with the needs and problems of employers seeking assistance to install comprehensive workplace health programs.
  •     Earn the title "Certified Trainer," along with a certificate of achievement recognizing their achievement.

Benedictine’s Master of Public Health program is designed for students new to public health and for mid-career professionals. Students can take courses in the traditional classroom setting on the Lisle, IL campus, entirely online or a combination of both. The MPH degree covers core public health competencies; an internship with a health organization; and elective courses tailored to the students’ interests. Course topics include:

  •     Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Methods.
  •     Health Management and Policy.
  •     Health Education and Promotion.
  •     Environmental Health.
  •     Emergency Preparedness.

Learn more about the online Master of Public Health degree program at Benedictine University. Call (866) 295-3104 to speak with an admissions representative or visit for more information.

About Benedictine University:
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors, 17 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the No. 1 fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit research universities between 2001-2013, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the third consecutive year in 2013.

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