Assistant Chief of Police Don Hedrick has been accepted into the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as a Bloomberg Fellow. Assistant Chief Hedrick is one of fifty-eight Bloomberg Fellows this year, and is one of eight leaders in the nation to receive the fellowship to pursue a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree from the school. The full JHSPH announcement is available at this link.
The fellowship program is part of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, a project housed at the School of Public Health and funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Initiative works to tackle critical, 21st century challenges to health within the United States through research, education, and practice.
The DrPH degree designed for individuals with Masters level education who intend to foster a position as a public health leader. The course of study aims to leverage the tools of public health in order to address the unique problems faced by modern communities.
“It’s no secret that public health and public safety go hand-in-hand when addressing the quality of life of any community,” says Chief of Police Karl Jegeris. “Assistant Chief Hedrick has demonstrated that he is a dedicated and hard-working public safety leader. His desire to use this opportunity to deeply study violence from the public health perspective is commendable. There’s no doubt this experience will positively affect the future of policing services for the Rapid City community.”
Assistant Chief Hedrick’s primary concentration of study will be on the topics of health equity and social justice. Additionally, his coursework will focus on how violence impacts these issues. Throughout his coursework, he will collaborate with a variety of healthcare leaders in order to gain valuable insight into real-world challenges faced by decision-makers across the country.
“I am incredibly humbled to be the recipient of this amazing educational opportunity,” says Assistant Chief Hedrick. “Johns Hopkins has proven to be a worldwide leader in training and educating healthcare professionals, and I’m excited to be able to take this experience and use it to help improve the quality of life for those in our community.”
Assistant Chief Hedrick will begin his online coursework in June of 2020. It is anticipated that the part-time coursework will take six to seven years to complete in order for him to attain his doctorate.