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Public Health (M.P.H.)

Temple University's Master of Public Health (MPH) was one of the first fully accredited programs by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in the Delaware Valley and has over 20 years of experience in training public health professionals. Temple's MPH program 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 Master of Public Health (MPH) is a terminal, professional master's degree awarded for studies in areas related to public health. Public health carries out its mission through organized, interdisciplinary efforts that address prevention and the physical, mental, social, environmental, and global health concerns of communities and populations at risk for disease and injury.

The MPH curriculum includes the following core courses in the broad disciplines of public health: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Science, Health Policy and Management, Public Health Practice, and Social and Behavioral Sciences; as well as cross-cutting competencies such as cultural competency, leadership, and public health biology.

Students choose a concentration within the MPH:

MPH in Social and Behavioral Science. The MPH in Social and Behavioral Science prepare students for practice-oriented careers in health promotion, health counseling and health education, with a focus on addressing the behavioral, social and cultural factors related to individual and population health, as well as public health program development, implementation and evaluation. View Curriculum.

MPH in Environmental Health. The MPH in Environmental Health is designed to prepare 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. Read more>

MPH in Epidemiology. The Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology is a professional degree program for those students who desire to receive fundamental and applied training in the public health sciences with a focus on epidemiological study design, disease surveillance methods, bioethics of population-based research, and core biostatistical methods. Read more>

MPH in Applied Biostatistics. The Master of Public Health with a concentration in Applied Biostatistics is a unique and newly developed degree in response to the growing need for master's-trained professionals with expertise in advanced biostatistical methods. The program is designed to train professionals in the field of public health who have a clear understanding of and expertise in the use, statistical application, and interpretation of large and complex data sets; the critical importance of valid study designs and analytic methods; and the application of hypothesis-based development and statistical programming and testing. Read more>

MPH in Health Policy and Management. The MPH in Health Policy and Management is 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. Read more>

Fieldwork is a requirement of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the accrediting body of all U.S. schools and programs of public health, for completion of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. The MPH culminating experience “requires a student to synthesize and integrate the knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice”. Fieldwork I and II are taken consecutively during the last two semesters of the MPH program and are completed at the same fieldwork site. (More on Fieldwork within the MPH.)