The MPH is a demanding, interdisciplinary program emphasizing active, student-directed learning, problem solving, and the acquisition of skills essential to the practice of public health. MPH applicants must hold an MD, DO, DMD, JD, or health-related doctoral or prior master’s degree plus experience. U.S.-based medical or dental students interested in applying for the MPH program and applicants to the JD/MPH joint degree program should review the section on MPH Dual Degrees.
The two-semester, 42.5-credit MPH program may be pursued on a full- or part-time basis. It is organized around a core curriculum and seven career-oriented concentrations. Each concentration offers electives that allow students to explore in depth areas relevant to their personal career goals. Moreover, the concentrations enable students in the interdisciplinary MPH program to establish a link with one or more of the school’s academic departments. There is a summer-only degree completion option within the Clinical Effectiveness and Quantitative Methods concentrations.
MPH students are required to complete a minimum of 42.5 course credits and fulfill core requirements in the fundamental public health disciplines (see MPH Curriculum Guide), together with a course on the ethical basis of the practice of public health. All students must select a concentration in which they complete recommended and required courses. Additionally, all students must complete an MPH practicum, as well as a culminating experience, in accordance with the guidelines of the various concentrations. Students are encouraged to consult with faculty advisers to choose elective courses best suited to their needs. Requirements and concentration guidelines are available from the Office of Education.
Coming from around the globe, MPH students bring a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to the program. The majority of these students are health professionals, with a minimum of three or more years of work experience, who are preparing for advancement in their organizations or for transition into new fields.