Master of Public Health Program
The goal of the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program is to prepare students to be effective public health professionals. You will be trained in a variety of disciplines related to the development and provision of public health services; learn to recognize the social, economic, cultural and environmental factors that affect the health of the public; have the knowledge to take a leading role in developing social policies that encourage and foster healthy group and individual behaviors in a community. Public health professionals work in a variety of organizations and agencies to contribute to the common aim of promoting and protecting health in human populations. Students in the M.P.H. program elect a concentration in one of five areas. The areas of concentration include biostatistics, community health, environmental & occupational health sciences, epidemiology, and health management and policy.
Biostatistics: Uses data analysis to determine the cause of disease and to identify health trends in communities by collecting and studying information, forecasting scenarios and making reliable conclusions.
Community Health: Utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to identifying community, social and behavioral factors in both the onset and solution of public health problems.
Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences: Recognizes, evaluates and controls environmental contaminants and stressors that affect the population and workplace.
Epidemiology: Investigates the demographic and social trends of diseases and injury to determine their causes, what the risks are, who is at risk and how to prevent further incidences.
Health Management & Policy: Combines law, business, political science, economics and science in managing the human and fiscal resources needed to deliver effective public health services.
Maternal & Child Health: Identifies and evaluates major determinants of maternal health and child health, and strategies for improving the health of mothers and children, including program planning and evaluation, research methods, and policy analysis at the local, state, national and international levels.