Stephanie's public health focus group


Academic Overview

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.

Beginning with the class entering in 2015, the MPH will be a 45-credit program that students may be complete on a full- or part-time basis. This interdisciplinary program is now organized around seven career-oriented fields of study (previously designated concentrations). All students complete the same core curriculum while pursuing electives within their individual fields of study to allow for in-depth exploration of areas relevant to their personal career goals. Moreover, the fields of study enable each student  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 fields of study.

MPH students are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits and fulfill public health core requirements. All students must select a field of study in which they complete both recommended and required courses. Additionally, all students must complete an MPH practicum and culminating experience, in accordance with the guidelines of the various fields of study. Students are encouraged to consult with faculty advisers to choose elective courses best suited to their needs. Requirements and field of study guidelines are available from the Office of Education.