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B-CU Master of Public Health Students Receive Scholarships from The National Center for Bioethics in Research Healthcare


Four B-CU Students Received Funding to Attend a Public Health Ethics Intensive Course

Most recently four Master of Public Health (MPH) students received approximately $1,200 per student to attend a public health course at Tuskegee University. The scholarship will include: travel, lodging, food and registration for the course and the commemoration. Tori Jackson (first year MPH student), Kayla Jones-Willis (first year MPH student), Dr. Sadie McConner (second year MPH student), and Constance Desmore (first year MPH student), were awarded this academic scholarship from the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Healthcare at Tuskegee University in Alabama. The recipients will attend the 20th Annual Commemoration of the 1997 Presidential Apology for U. S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study and complete a Public Health Ethics Intensive Course (PHEIC). The PHEIC scholarship was established after a well-known study of a group of 623 African-American males were injected with the Syphilis disease for scientific benefit without their knowledge in Tuskegee, Alabama.

On April 7th, undergraduate and graduate students, local community residents, health professionals, researchers, and community advocates will gather to discuss pressing ethical issues that challenge communities around the world. 

This opportunity was presented to those in healthcare who are interested in expanding their level of education within public health ethics, bioethics and research ethics. Attendees can also earn 22.5 CEU credits. The event will end with a luncheon featuring keynote speaker, Dr. David Satcher, the 16th U.S. Surgeon General, who initiated the request for apology in 1997.

For more information, contact Dr. Deanna Wathington, Dean of School of Graduate Studies, Petrock College of Health Sciences, 386-481-2385 or

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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