Master of Public Health Degree (MPH)
Public health is the science and practice of disease prevention and evidence-based approaches to ensure the well-being of populations. Public health intervenes to improve health at the population level rather than the individual level. Public health professionals work within multiple disciplines to improve population health and demonstrate proficiencies in technical, managerial, communications, and advocacy skills to promote health and prevent disease and death. MPH graduates work as managers, administrators, researchers, planners, educators, environmental and occupational health specialists, public health nutritionists, and community health workers in diverse locations including governments, health facilities, businesses, and community organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. To prepare students for these positions, all MPH students are required to take at least one course in each of the five core knowledge areas of public health. In addition, all graduate-level public health students complete a supervised fieldwork experience that applies core public health coursework. Every student in the MPH program is required to complete a culminating experience that demonstrates application and integration of knowledge and skills gained during coursework and fieldwork.