M.P.H. Program

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Our Program

UConn has offered a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited Master of Public Health (MPH) degree since 1984. An MPH is awarded upon satisfactory performance in 16 courses, 48 credits, distributed among the program’s required, elective, experiential and culminating requirements. Full-time students can complete the program in 2 years; part-time students will require 4 years. A full description can be found in the Program Handbook.

Our Master of Public Health (M.P.H) degree is intended “to prepare public health professionals … in order to benefit the well-being of Connecticut residents and others through organized, comprehensive, effective and just action.” The curriculum focuses on applied public health practice to prepare leaders for our state’s workforce. Dual degree options are available for students in the UConn schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Law, and Social Work. The M.P.H. program, nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), is directed by David Gregorio, Ph.D.

Foundational (i.e., required) curriculum:

  • Introduction to Interprofessional Public Health Practice
  • Health Administration
  • Public Health Law
  • Epidemiology & Biostatistics I
  • Public Health Research Methods

 

  • Social & Behavioral Foundations of Public Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Practicum in Public Health
  • Epidemiology & Biostatistics II
Electives curriculum (examples from recent years):

Epidemiology:

  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Intermediate Epidemiology
  • Public Health Issues in Genetics
  • Epi of Substance Abuse Disorders & Psychiatric Co-Morbidities
  • Chronic Disease Control
  • Epidemiology of Disabilities

Environmental health:

  • Environmental Health and Ethical Decision-Making
  • Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology

Social sciences:

  • Health Education
  • Food, Health and Politics
  • Social Inequality and Health Disparities
  • International Health
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Foundations of Public Health in Disabilities

Quantitative methods:

  • Critical Reasoning in Design of Population Health Research
  • Biostatistical Methods in Clinical Research
  • Topics in Intermediate Biostatistics

Law and ethics:

  • Human Rights and Health
  • Disability Law, Policy, Ethics and Advocacy
  • Public Health Ethics

Health administration:

  • Foundations of Public Health and Disability
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Women, Public Health and Reproduction
  • Comparative Health Systems
  • Alcohol and Drug Policy Research
  • Public Health and Policy in an Aging Society
  • Health Program Evaluation

Challenge Yourself

Here at UConn, you’ll find a curriculum that challenges you to consider your role in shaping health services and the environment to benefit health and well being. An experienced, engaging faculty will provide you with ample opportunity to pursue scholarship and service learning activities where you’ll acquire skills needed for leadership in the public health field.

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