School of Public Health-Bloomington to offer two online Master of Science degrees beginning January 2014

Two new IU School of Public Health-Bloomington online graduate degrees, one in Parks and Public Lands Management and one in and Recreation Therapy, will be launched for the Spring Semester of 2014. The degrees will be offered through the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer these degrees online to working professionals so that they may access graduate education at the IU School of Public Health without having to leave the field or relocate," noted IU School of Public Health-Bloomington Founding Dean Mohammad Torabi.

School of Public Health-Bloomington to offer two online Master of Science degrees beginning January 2014

The degrees will give students in-depth knowledge about principles, management trends, and issues related to managing parks, public lands, and recreation therapy organizations all through a convenient online delivery mechanism.

“Indiana University and the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies have provided graduate education via distributed learning technology for over 25 years,” said Department Chair Bryan McCormick. “Indiana University is a leader in the use of technology in education. We pride ourselves on the fact that our distributed education courses have the same faculty, quality, and rigor of any course we offer.”

MS, Parks and Public Lands Management

The online M.S. in Parks and Public Lands is embedded in Indiana University’s award-winning Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands to enhance student ‘deep learning’ from involved professionals. With a portfolio that includes more than 80 online courses and related learning events, and 10 years of leading the National Park Service’s online training program, the Eppley Institute is the nation’s leader in continuing professional development for park and public lands professionals. The integration of the M.S. and the Eppley Institute provides an excellent opportunity for students to participate in an innovative learning environment. The M.S. emphasizing parks and public lands management is an executive-style graduate degree focused on working professionals seeking new qualifications and new skills. Students will learn from faculty with professional experience managing organizations and agencies in the fields of parks, recreation, and protected areas. The Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands was founded in 1993 by Indiana University’s Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies Department. It is a unique outreach program for the park, recreation, and public land management professions. It has received more than $12 million in contracts and grants providing research, education, training, park planning, and related services.

MS, Recreational Therapy

One of the longest standing online degrees at IU, the MS in Recreational Therapy is also nationally regarded as one the leading degrees in this field. The major in recreational therapy prepares students to assume positions as recreational therapists. Using a variety of techniques, therapists treat and maintain the physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being of their clients. Professionals assess individuals' needs, plan and implement specific interventions to meet those needs, and document and evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions. All students graduating from the major are eligible to sit for the Recreation Certification (NCTRC) examination.

For more information regarding the academic schedule, tuition, and degree requirements, visit the degree website.

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