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  APRIL 17, 2009
Loma Linda SPH to Offer Doctorate in Leadership

pennerThe Loma Linda University School of Public Health currently offers a DrPH in epidemiology, nutrition, preventive care and two health education tracks. Faculty member Dr. David Penner is now developing doctoral work in an additional area of study: leadership. The preparation includes plans for both a PhD and DrPH, which may roll out at different times. Both degrees would be offered through the department of health policy and management.

The School of Public Health will ask for approval from the Loma Linda University board in May, and students will probably first be accepted in 2010.
"I’m excited about this program because it allows us to develop, together with the participants, an academic plan that reflects both who they are now and who they want to become by the end of the program," Dr. Penner said.
The academic work will be individualized for students, and by the end of their coursework they will each complete a portfolio that demonstrates their competency in 10 to 12 different areas, examples of which include conflict management, communication, and community building.
As the program grows, a minimum of an additional four faculty members will eventually need to be hired to teach it.
The department is also creating some courses for any student interested in developing leadership skills. These will be available in September, and some requirements for entry must be met.

Dr. Penner came to the School of Public Health in fall 2008 after six years serving as the president of Newbold College, located 30 miles west of London. His experience also includes leadership positions at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, and La Sierra University in Riverside, California.
For more information, E-mail Dr. Penner at