Offered by the Department of Public Health in collaboration with Temple University's School of Medicine
The Medical Doctorate and the Master of Public Health degrees, when pursued concurrently, enhance medical careers by enabling physicians to better understand and address the social, behavioral and environmental factors that influence the health and health practices of their patients. Additional benefits include new career opportunities and access to a broader base of external funding.
Temple's M.P.H. is fully accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) and provides a credential that indicates competency in social, environmental, and behavioral aspects of health, the analytic sciences of epidemiology and biostatistics, and principles of health service management, including program planning, evidence-based practice, and evaluation.
The interwoven program adds just one year to the medical school experience. Medical students will begin the M.P.H. curriculum on a part-time basis during the second semester of their first year of medical school and complete the program with one year of full-time M.P.H. course work taken during a leave of absence from TUSM after completing the second year of medical school.
There are four concentrations to choose from:
M.P.H. in Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS)—Addresses the behavioral, social and cultural factors related to individual and population health and the social and behavioral aspects of community health, health communication, program implementation and evaluation, and health education.
M.P.H. in Environmental Health (EH)—Prepares graduates for practice-oriented careers in environmental health and management, with an emphasis on examining environmental factors and environmental policy that affect the health and sustainable environments of communities.
M.P.H. in Epidemiology & Biostatistics (EBS)—As a terminal, professional degree, provides fundamental training in the public health sciences, epidemiological study design, chronic and infectious disease surveillance, and core biostatistical methods.
M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management (HPM)—Designed to develop professionals in the field of public health who have a clear understanding of the health policy and management of health-related programs, as well as the associated implications for public health practice and the impact on population health outcomes.
The M.P.H. culminating experience requires students to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experience, and to apply theory and principles in professional practice through an internship or independent project based on the student's interests, the M.D.-M.P.H. concentration, and faculty advisement. International fieldwork opportunities are available in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.