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Public Health Graduate Programs

Public Health Graduate Programs

The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Social and Behavioral Science provides curriculum focused on addressing the behavioral, social and cultural factors related to individual and population health, as well as public health program development, implementation and evaluation. The program fosters ethical public health values and provides a credential that also indicates broad competency across the analytic sciences of epidemiology and biostatistics, principles of health service management. Training in this program prepares students for practice-oriented careers or further graduate and professional training in health promotion, health and risk communication, health counseling and education. This program is also available online. 

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences provides advanced training in theory, research and practice related to social and behavioral influences on population health. Students learn to develop and evaluate social and behavioral public health programs, as well as apply social and behavioral science theories and methods to mitigating pressing public health problems. The program is research focused, preparing students for research careers in academia, government, industry, and public health agencies. Therefore, there is a heavy emphasis on scientific foundations, research methods and statistics in the core program. The program provides training and experiences that support transdisciplinary learning, promote critical and theory-based problem-solving skills to address public health threats, and foster the development of public health professional values and ethics. Many faculty members have active research programs that involve health education, particularly in community, hospital/clinic, and school settings, which provide opportunities for doctoral students to develop their research.

The Master of Public Health Dual Degree program offers eight dual-degree programs for students to choose from – DMD/MPH, DO/MPH, DPM/MPH, JD/MPH, MD/MPH, MSW/MPH, MHA/MPH and MPP/MPH.