About MPHThe MPH Program at the University of Pennsylvania

The Penn MPH Program prepares students to be public health leaders by integrating research, education, and service to promote the health of populations locally, nationally, and globally. We aim to establish healthy practices, places, and populations through inter-professional collaboration, exemplary education, research, and community engagement. The MPH program is committed to creating a community of diverse students, scholars, and staff dedicated to solving public health problems and promoting health for all populations. 

The Penn MPH 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.

MPH 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. Regardless of track, all public health students have the same Core Course requirements, including 7 required core courses, two semesters of Capstone Seminar and Fieldwork Experience. The MPH core courses cover the12 Foundational Public Health Knowledge and 22 MPH Foundational Competencies required by CEPH. A strength of our program is the capacity of students to take advantage of a broad and deep set of elective offerings which allows students to develop an individualized program of study that will facilitate the acquisition of the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities they seek. Students may focus their studies in one of the 4 tracks: Generalist, Global Health, Environmental Health, or One Health. For each track, students will select at least one elective from a short list of required track electives (RTEs), each of which has been designed to teach at least five additional competencies. Students take a total of 5 electives that will give them the skills and content that they need to succeed in their future careers.

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.

Read more about the curriculum and courses we offer in the program.