The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree provides professional training in the field of public health, which is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. The MPH program addresses public health foundational knowledge and builds student competencies in public health practice (e.g., healthy lifestyle promotion; disease and injury prevention; and detection, prevention, and responses to infectious diseases, domestically and globally).
The MPH program is offered in a traditional (on-campus) and online format. The MPH degree requires a minimum of 42 semester units of required and elective graduate courses.
Students fulfill core required courses, including five foundational courses, a practical experience (practicum)* and a capstone course*. In addition, online MPH students select from one of six concentrations: Biostatistics/Epidemiology, Community Health Promotion, GeoHealth, Global Health, Health Services and Policy, and Generalist.
For complete admission requirements, refer to the Department of Preventive Medicine .
* The practicum, an applied practice experience (internship) in federal, state, and/or local public health agencies/organizations, including community-based organizations, health care organizations, and research settings, is a required component of the MPH degree. The practicum provides the opportunity for students to apply their public health competencies and prepare for work in governmental and non-governmental organizations in public health and health-related fields.
** Students enroll in the capstone course during their last semester prior to graduation. Through a paper writing assignment, the course allows students to integrate their course work and practical experiences in public health.