The goal of the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program is to prepare students to be effective public health professionals. You will be trained in a variety of disciplines related to the development and provision of public health services; learn to recognize the social, economic, cultural and environmental factors that affect the health of the public; have the knowledge to take a leading role in developing social policies that encourage and foster healthy group and individual behaviors in a community. Public health professionals work in a variety of organizations and agencies to contribute to the common aim of promoting and protecting health in human populations. The areas of concentration include biostatistics, community health, environmental & occupational health sciences, epidemiology, health management and policy, and maternal and child health. You may also select from two joint concentrations of biostatistics and epidemiology or environmental & occupational health sciences and epidemiology.
Biostatistics: Uses data analysis to determine the cause of disease and to identify health trends in communities by collecting and studying information, forecasting scenarios and making reliable conclusions.
Community Health: Utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to identifying community, social and behavioral factors in both the onset and solution of public health problems.
Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences: Recognizes, evaluates and controls environmental contaminants and stressors that affect the population and workplace.
Epidemiology: Investigates the demographic and social trends of diseases and injury to determine their causes, what the risks are, who is at risk and how to prevent further incidences.
Health Management & Policy: Combines law, business, political science, economics and science in managing the human and fiscal resources needed to deliver effective public health services.
Maternal & Child Health: Identifies and evaluates major determinants of maternal health and child health, and strategies for improving the health of mothers and children, including program planning and evaluation, research methods, and policy analysis at the local, state, national and international levels.
Biostatistics and Epidemiology: Study the distribution and determinants of diseases and other health-related conditions in both population and clinical settings, while simultaneously developing the methodological, analytical, and communication skills for research design, data analysis, and interpretation of results.
Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and Epidemiology: Investigate the environmental determinants of population health, evaluate interventions and changes spatially and temporally, while applying strong methodological training in epidemiology.