Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
(Q) What is this graduate program about?
The Master of Public Health in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice is a two-year graduate degree program that prepares students for careers in community and public health practice, such as health program planning, program evaluation, and health policy analysis. Students receive a solid foundation in the core disciplines of public health (epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, maternal and child health, social and behavioral science and international health) while developing knowledge or competencies in a variety of skill areas including analytical skills, communication and management skills, assessment, policy development and cultural skills. A commitment to social justice and community involvement in solving health problems, combined with rigorous academic preparation is the basis of the curriculum.
(Q) How does the MPH in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program differ from the other MPH program?
Students learn using an integrated, interdisciplinary approach known as "problem-based learning", in which carefully crafted case studies are used to teach students competencies, or the knowledge, skills and values that will help them become effective public health practitioners. Students work in groups to examine case studies, identify key issues, research information and resources necessary to address the public health problem and apply the information gathered and skills acquired to solving the problem.
In addition, students integrate what they learn in the classroom into extensive fieldwork with community organizations and public heath agencies throughout the two years.
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(Q) What kinds of skills are emphasized?
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Assess community health problems, health needs, assets and resources
- Intervene to improve health (on individual, organizational, community and policy levels)
- Engage and mobilize communities
- Plan, implement, and manage public health programs
- Evaluate health programs
- Develop and analyze health policy
(Q) Can I apply to more than one MPH program at a time?
Yes, you can apply to other MPH programs in the School of Public Health. You need to submit separate applications and a copy of your goal statement to each program. It is best if your transcripts and letters of recommendation are sent to each program, but if this is not possible, please let us know so we can obtain copies.
(Q) Who should apply to this program?
Students who desire master's-level training in applied public health practice. Preference will be given to applications likely to pursue careers in community and public health practice, as evidenced by previous professional experience and prior academic and/or clinical training. Although past experience and clinical training are desirable, highly qualified students with only a bachelor's degree and limited experience will be considered for admission to the program. We are especially interested in applications from individuals with backgrounds and life experiences that would motivate the applicant to pursue a committed career in public health, such prior work experience, disability, cultural and ethnic experiences, disadvantaged social or economic backgrounds.
(Q) Are there minimum GPA and GRE scores that you will accept?
Generally, we expect applicants to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and GRE scores above the 50% percentile. Nevertheless, each application is reviewed as a whole; lower scores may be acceptable if counterbalanced by other strengths in the applicant's record.