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The MPH Degree Program

The MPH degree is designed to be an interdisciplinary, graduate, professional degree in public health. The MPH Program provides opportunities for students to obtain broad knowledge and basic skills in the core areas of public health. Students are able to acquire proficiency in one or more specialized areas through advanced coursework, and gain experience in applying advanced knowledge to the solution of actual health problems in community settings during internship training.

MPH students are admitted to the MPH Program rather than to a division within MEZCOPH. All students take a series of core courses (five 3-unit courses) chosen to provide the breadth of knowledge necessary for understanding public health - biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental and occupational health, public health policy and management, and social and behavioral aspects of public health. Students then complete a set of required concentration courses that are unique to each concentration area. Students also take electives to complete their program of study. The number of credit hours required for concentration area courses depends on the concentration selected. The practicum portion of the MPH curriculum is provided through a required internship served with a federal, state or local health agency, in a private health related organization, or in the industrial sector. The internship gives students the opportunity to observe and participate in the application of public health theory based on their scope of public health practice. Length of the internship varies by concentration area. The variation in length of internship is due to the students’ need for exposure to the practice community in their particular field of study. Faculty members determined this need by assessing the concentration area curriculum for practice presentation and content and have adjusted the length of the internship to accommodate issues/topics not covered by course content.

Although each concentration area has developed its own specific learning objectives, the general MPH Program strives to have students develop an understanding of:

The biological, physical, environmental and social factors that affect the health of the community;

The components, operation and financing of health services delivery systems, including facilities and personnel;

Planning, policy analysis and administration of community health service programs;

The process for identifying and measuring community health needs; and

Relevant concepts from the appropriate social and behavioral sciences, such as cultural diversity and social marketing.


Expected Learning Outcomes: 

Successful completion of the MPH internship


Successful completion of MPH Program

The MPH Program monitors its graduation rates to insure a high graduation rate.

MPH Graduation and Attrition Rates

Attainment of MPH Competency

Assessment Activities: 

Regular or Recurring Activities

Preceptor Evaluation of MPH Intern

Administered: At the completion of the MPH internship

Last Administered: Spring 2005

Target Population: MPH Interns

Participation Rate: 100%

Review of student graduation data

Administered: Annually

Last Administered: Fall 2004

Target Population: MPH Graduates

Participation Rate: 100%

Self Assessment of competency

Administered: At completion of MPH Curriculum

Last Administered: May 2005

Target Population: Graduating MPH students

Participation Rate: 100% of graduating MPH students
Outcomes Measured

    * MPH Graduation and Attrition Rates


Findings available: June 15, 2005

Updated date: Mon, 09/13/2010 - 12:02