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.

 

Core MPH Competencies

  • Apply the public health core functions of assessment, policy development and assurance
  • Apply theories, concepts, models and methods to the design of public health research, policy and practice
  • Adhere to ethical and social justice principles and standards
  • Interpret and analyze public health literature and apply evidence-based research
  • Apply basic statistical and informatics techniques
  • Communicate public health information through oral, written, digital and visual presentation
  • Explain how social, behavioral, biomedical and environmental determinants affect population health
  • Design and evaluate interventions to prevent or control public health problems
  • Collect, analyze and interpret public health data
  • Engage and collaborate with diverse groups
  • Describe the legal foundations of the U.S. public health system and its interrelationships with other systems including health care, education and environmental protection
  • Apply a framework for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions
  • Explain the context of public and private health-care systems in which health care and public health policy are made and healthcare is delivered

 

Typical MPH Curriculum

  Credits
Core Coursework
Fundamentals of Biostatistics 3
Fundamentals of Environmental Health 3
Fundamentals of Society & Behavioral Health 3
Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3
Fundamentals of Health Policy & Management 3
Required Coursework 15
Elective Coursework 9
Practice Experience
Supervised Fieldwork in Public Health 3
Integrative Experience
Capstone Project 3
Total Credits 45

 

MPH in Community Health Education

Description: Community health prepares students to plan, manage, and evaluate health programs aimed at reducing social and behavioral threats to community health. Admissions and Curriculum Information

MPH in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

Description: Graduates recognize, evaluate, and control environmental and occupational threats to health. Admissions and Curriculum Information

MPH in Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Description: Graduates design and conduct population health studies and apply research findings to improve the health of populations. Students specialize in either Epidemiology or Biostatistics. Admissions and Curriculum Information

MPH in Health Policy & Management

Description: Graduates plan and manage public health programs, analyze the impact of policies on population health, and design and advocate for policies that promote the health of populations. Admissions and Curriculum Information

MPH in Public Health Nutrition

Description: Graduates work to promote the nutritional well-being of population groups by assessing the nutritional needs of populations, evaluating and designing nutrition and food programs, and managing nutritional programs in community and institutional settings. Students have the option to pursue the dietetic internship. Admissions and Curriculum Information