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Master of Science in Community Health Education
Doctor of Philosophy in Community Health Education
Master of Health Administration (MHA)
Doctor of Health Administration (DHA)
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The ultimate goal of primary health care is better health for all.
In an landmark action, a few years back, the World Health Organization (2008) identified five key elements to achieving that goal:

Universal coverage reforms - reducing exclusion and social disparities in health
Service delivery reforms - organizing health services around people's needs
Public policy reforms - integrating health into all sectors
Leadership reforms - pursuing collaborative models of policy dialogue
Stakeholder reforms - Increasing stakeholder participation

In past decades, the world has made great progress toward global health. Life expectancy hasincreased in certain parts of the world by 30-40 years in the 20th Century with deadly diseases like smallpox being totally eradicated. Nevertheless, certain diseases like cancer, HIV/AIDS, tobacco addiction, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and malnutrition are still grave challenges facing health professionals in the 21st century.

Dr. Arif Hussain Shah, Program Director, Health Administration ProgramsOn a global scale, nearly half the world population (2.8 billion people) live on less than $2 a day and over a billion have entered this century without having benefited from health revolution of 20th century. There is clearly a growing need to reduce the burden of disease and the mortality and morbidity suffered by the poor. There is a need to counter threats resulting from economic crises, an unhealthy environment and risky behavior. There is a need to develop more effective health care systems and to invest in the expanding knowledge base that made possible the health revolution of the 20th century.

To contribute toward overcoming these challenges, Akamai University has established the Center for Global Health and Wellness, which is committed to the development of professionals who can address the health challenges of 21st century and play leadership roles in improving the human condition throughout the world. We have a commitment to the furtherance of public health and alternative health care with a global perspective. I encourage you to join us in achieving this worthy mission.

Arif Hussain Shah, Ph.D.
Program Director

Program Audience
The study of human health has been one of the principal endeavors of higher education since it's inception. Today, the practical study of the healing arts involves a wide range of disciplines, experiences, and theoretical frameworks. The studies offered through the Akamai University Public Health Program can help students prepare for numerous career fields including health research, public health administration, health safety management, occupational and industrial hygiene, environmental health, hospital administration, disease prevention and control, international health, public health policy, community health education, and life sciences.

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Program Faculty

Arif Hussain Shah, Ph.D.
Program Director
Health Administration

Mary Jo Bulbrook, Ed.D.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Christopher Johannes, Ph.D.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Integral Health Studies

Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D.

Daniel Eckstein, Ph.D.
Behavioral Medicine, Health Education and Promotion

Vijay P Gupta, Ph.D., DFM, MBBS
Applied Health Science and Toxicology

Stephen Lentz, Ph.D.
Environmental Health

Anthony R. Maranto, Ph.D.
Environmental Health

Lisa Mertz, Ph.D.
Energy Medicine

Anthony Payne, N.M.D., Ph.D., MD(HC)
Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Herbal Medicine

Seamus Phan, Ph.D.
Complementary Healthcare

Henry Zeidan, Ph.D.
Applied Health Science

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Christian Studies
Applied Psychology
Integrative Psychology
Business Administration
Engineering and Technology
Economic Development
Environmental Studies
Applied Ecopsychology
Educational Leadership
TESOL Literacy
Public Health Administration
Complementary and Alternative Medicine -CAM
Sustainability Studies
Peace, Diplomacy, and International Relations
Transpersonal Psychology
Professional Studies
University Center
Degree Programs
Honoris Causa Program
Community and Continuing Education

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Akamai University is internationally accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC). The University has earned Premier status with ASIC for its commendable areas of operation. ASIC is an approved accrediting body for the purposes of compliance by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) is a member of the British Quality Foundation (BQF), sits on the Quality Standards Group of UK NARIC, and is one of a number of international accrediting bodies listed in the international directory by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in the USA and is a member of the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG).


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