About the Masters in Public Health

Public health is an essential function of modern society. It 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.”

Public health professionals must deal with myriad 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, and
  • Health promotion.

While some positions require specialist training, most demand a strong interdisciplinary foundation for practice.

Our Vision and Mission

Program’s Vision:
To be a preeminent public health program dedicated to promoting health at the local, national, and international levels.
Program’s Mission:
The MPH program strives to provide world class public health education in the United States and globally, preparing competent public health professionals, to improve health, prevent disease, reduce health disparities, and enhance quality of life through education, scholarship, and service.
The program’s goals that describe strategies to accomplish the defined mission:
  • Goal 1: The MPH program provides educational experiences that meet the needs of the public health profession by preparing students for successful careers.
  • Goal 2: The department attracts and retains a competent and effective cadre of faculty
  • Goal 3: The department promotes, conducts, and disseminates scholarly research locally, regionally, nationally, and globally
  • Goal 4: The department promotes and participates in community engagement and public health practice



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