Federal grants will give public health workers in Arizona access to online educationThe federal government has issued two grants to the University of Arizona, which will help the school begin work on two new public health training centers. College officials say that hundreds of people will receive job training through the school’s Zuckerman College of Public Health, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

A $4.7 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will fund the Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center, which will offer schooling to public health professionals.

“Many people in public health in Arizona many not have a college degree,” says Douglas Taren, associate dean at the university. “They’ve learned a lot on the job, but this is a way to provide formal training.”

The Arizona Public Health Training Center will receive a $3.2 million grant from the new federal healthcare law. Public health employees who help underprivileged people will receive free training by the school on campus or through classes. Furthermore, graduate students will be given stipends and other resources to perform projects with local health departments.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of individuals who have earned a degree in the public health field is expected to increase by 16 percent over the next eight years.

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