Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

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The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a graduate professional degree designed to prepare students for leadership positions in health promotion and disease prevention, community mental health or public healthcare administration. Public Health involves multidisciplinary and collaborative strategies for solving health related problems and promoting social justice including programs that serve the public sector at all levels—local, state, federal, and global. Faculty members have expertise and experience in public health applied research and in higher education.

The MPH program emphasizes the application of broad-based, state-of-the-art quantitative and qualitative skills needed for problem-solving. Special attention is given to enhancement of communication skills needed to work with diverse populations. Ideal candidates for the MPH program are those students looking for career advancement within the public health sector; and those looking for career transition into public health from other health professions. Graduates will enhance their opportunities for professional growth and job placement through carefully planned internships and a comprehensive capstone experience. The MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH).

In accordance with the competency guidelines established by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH), the Master of Public Health program prepares graduates to master the following program learning outcomes.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze and interpret health data.
  • Describe the distribution and determinants of disease, disabilities and death in human populations.
  • Evaluate the environmental factors that affect the health of a community.
  • Analyze the planning, organization, administration and policies of health care organizations.
  • Apply the concepts and methods of social justice and social and behavioral sciences relevant to the identification and solution of public health problems.


To receive an MPH degree, students must complete at least 72 quarter units of graduate work including the core MPH requirements and one area of specialization. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and provided the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Refer to the section on graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding application and evaluation.
Core Requirements (8 courses; 36 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Area of Specialization (8 courses; 36 quarter units)