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

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program provides students with comprehensive, state-of-the-science training for professional careers as managers and policymakers in the health care system. The management program emphasizes an aggressive yet ethical approach to institutional leadership in a complex period of mounting competition and shrinking resources. Health policy students acquire a solid understanding of the process of policy formation on the national, local, and institutional levels. The program is flexible and allows for specialized pursuit of individual interests.

Students spend three to four semesters taking courses augmenting their prior professional background. Students are encouraged to develop individual interest areas and pursue studies in specialty areas which may include: financial management, program planning and evaluation, policy formation, and quality assurance.

M.P.H. degree candidates must complete a minimum of 42 credits of academic work, including an M.P.H. Practicum and an M.P.H. Culminating Experience. Candidates may enroll either full-time, in which case they should be able to complete degree requirements in three semesters and an intervening summer, or part-time, in which case they are expected to complete degree requirements within three years of matriculation. Some courses are offered online as well as on campus.

Information for students on the MPH Practicum Experience:

NOTE: If you perform your practicum in the summer, you are required to register through Continuing Education.

All M.P.H. students are required to complete a practicum as part of their degree requirement, and will receive three credits for the practicum. The minimum time for a practicum experience is 200 hours. Many agencies and organizations require a longer commitment of 400 hours.

Practicum experiences may be paid or unpaid. Placements are arranged in consultation with the student's faculty advisor or the SPHHS Practicum Coordinator. The advisor reviews the student's interests, preferences, financial factors, experience and skills, and is usually able to arrange for interviews with a suitable organization directly or through another faculty member.