Public health is, in the words of the Institute of Medicine, "What we as a society do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy.'' The vision of the Department of Public Health is to create a safe, healthy, and productive workforce capable of transforming the health of their local and global communities.
What We Offer
Our department offers both on-campus and online MPH degree programs.The Department of Public Health offers the following degrees
- Master of Public Health General (offered online and on-campus): An MPH – Generalist (MPH) program with a strong interdisciplinary foundation for practice in public health.
- Master of Public Health – Environmental Health (offered online and on-campus – STEM designated degree): An MPH – Environmental Health (MPH-EH) program within which a student may choose to emphasize preparation in risk assessment, emergency preparedness, or environmental health policy.
- Joint Degrees in Master of Public Health and Master of Public Administration (offered online and on-campus)
- Joint Degrees in Master of Public Health and Health and Human Services. (offered on-campus)
- Graduate Certificates (offered online and on-campus)
- Public Health Minor
Public Health Tasks
Public health professionals must deal with a myriad of issues:
- Prevention and control of disease.
- Access to quality healthcare.
- Environmental protection.
- The health needs of special populations.
- Data analysis and evaluation.
- Policy planning and administration.
- Environmental justice.
- Health promotion.
While some positions require specialist training, most demand a strong interdisciplinary foundation for practice.
What You Can Do With This Degree
Individuals with a degree in Public Health are professionals who provide vital services to their community in a variety of ways. Those who gain from the skills offered by public health professionals include include:
- Public health agencies in federal, state, county, tribal and local governments.
- Health care providers.
- Community response planners.
- Law enforcement administrators.
- Fire departments.
- And people in private industry.
- Careers in Public Health (pdf)