Master of Public Health
About the Master of Public Health Degree
- Preparation for community public health professions
- Capstone projects that integrate practice and research
- Internships that gives students firsthand experience working in public health settings
- Domestic and international service projects and internships
- Option to incorporate more of an international focus in the degree with specific course selections and an international or global focus for the internship and Capstone project
- Four dual-degree programs: Physician Assistant; International Peace and Conflict Resolution; Physical Therapy; Counseling Psychology
The M.P.H. degree is an entry-level degree into the field of public health. The Master of Public Health in Community Health with a global perspective trains graduates to work effectively as public health professionals in a wide array of health-related organizations.
The Master of Public Health degree provides training in the discipline of public health, which focuses on the health needs of communities and populations domestically and internationally. The core curriculum includes the five core areas of public health (epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, environmental health, and health care administration) and offers courses, an internship and Capstone project that prepare graduates to enter the field of Public Health as program planners, researchers, evaluators, and educators. The focus of the degree affords the student the opportunity to develop a general skill set that enables him or her to work in a variety of settings.
The program trains students as public health professionals with an emphasis on community health. Each student is encouraged to focus coursework on a specific area of interest to him or her, choose an internship experience that emphasizes the interest area, and plan a Capstone project focused in the same area. In this way, each student can develop a specialized knowledge base about public health issues related to his or her specific areas of interest.
The dual-degree programs train health professionals in the core areas of community-based public health. The application of the public health skill set added to the skills learned within the clinical and behavioral primary degree instills a public health perspective into the classes taken in their primary areas of study.The Master of Public Health degree educates community public health professionals to promote the health of individuals, families, communities, and the environment. This is accomplished through a program that integrates education, research and practice in a global environment. The goals of the Public Health program are the following:
- Educate community public health professionals and develop the skills needed to promote health within communities.
- Provide an academic environment that integrates community public health education with research and practice.
- Enhance the understanding of the connection between health status and human rights.
- Translate knowledge into practice through collaborative service projects both domestically and internationally. This can be accomplished through internships and clinical rotations with community-based organizations, clinics, and local health departments.
- Employ scientific investigation to advance public health knowledge of the relationship between health and the structural environment within which individuals live and work.
The Public Health degree is offered through the College of Health Sciences.
Arcadia University’s M.P.H. program application for accreditation was accepted by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) June 2009. The program is currently is in the self-study phase of accreditation.
Upon completion of these degrees, all students are eligible to sit for the National Certifying Exam for Health Education Specialists (CHES). Additionally, M.P.H. students are eligible to sit for the National Credentialing exam for Public Health (CPH).