The MPH Program prepares students for leadership by integrating research, education, and service learning in population health problems. We aim to educate professionals from diverse disciplines in the core areas that define public health. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that Penn students and faculty can have the maximum positive impact upon current and future public health problems. The Penn MPH Program is designed to complement other Penn graduate programs and may be particularly attractive to students enrolled in those degree programs who may be interested in a joint degree.
What is included in the Penn Master of Public Health Curriculum?
Public health carries out its mission through organized, interdisciplinary efforts that address the physical, mental, and environmental health concerns of communities and populations at risk for disease and injury. This mission is achieved through the application of health promotion and disease prevention technologies and interventions designed to improve and enhance quality of life. All public health curricula focus on the five core knowledge areas of public health: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental/Occupational Health, Behavioral Sciences, and Health Care Policy and Management, with electives and internship experiences in line with the student's interest. Penn offers specialized programs within most of these knowledge areas and students may focus their studies in one of the 3 tracks: generalist, global health, or environmental health.
Is the MPH degree the right career path for me?
If you have a very strong interest or primary interest in the study of one of the core areas of public health study such as biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy, behavioral health or environmental /occupational health, we encourage you to discuss your study plans with representatives of those programs or with the MPH Program Director before deciding whether to apply to the MPH program.
I'm registered to take a PUBH course pass/fail. If I decide to apply to the MPH program in the future will I be able to apply that course toward the MPH degree?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. The MPH program will only apply coursework taken for a grade toward the degree.
Where is the MPH program based, and when will admissions decisions made?
The program is administered by the School of Medicine and housed in The Center for Public Health Initiatives. Governance of the program includes faculty from all participating Penn schools. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis from January to May. See Admissions.
Who should apply?
We are seeking students who have leadership potential and outstanding academic credentials. The ideal Penn MPH student will have a well-defined concept of public health. Priority will be given to mid-career professionals and potential joint degree candidates from other Penn professional programs.
How long will it take to complete the MPH program?
The program is designed to be a two-year full-time program or a three-year part-time program. However, the time to complete the degree will be extended for those who complete the MPH program in combination with another Penn degree. See Planning for MPH Study.
How can I get further information?
You can contact us here.
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