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Master of Public Health

Overview

Temple University's Master of Public Health (MPH) was one of the first fully accredited programs by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in the Delaware Valley and has over 20 years of experience in training public health professionals. Temple's MPH program provides a credential that indicates competency in social, environmental, and behavioral aspects of health, the analytic sciences of epidemiology and biostatistics, and principles of health service management, including program planning, evidence-based practice, and evaluation.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a terminal, professional master's degree awarded for studies in areas related to public health. Public health carries out its mission through organized, interdisciplinary efforts that address prevention and the physical, mental, social, environmental, and global health concerns of communities and populations at risk for disease and injury.

 

General Program Requirements

The MPH curriculum includes the following core courses in the broad disciplines of public health: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Science, Health Policy and Management, Public Health Practice, and Social and Behavioral Sciences; as well as cross-cutting competencies such as cultural competency, leadership, and public health biology.

MPH degree requirements are:

MPH Core Courses:

18 credit hours [6 courses]

MPH Concentration Courses:

12 credit hours [4 courses]

MPH Fieldwork Practicum:

6 credit hours [2 courses]

Elective Coursework:

9 credit hours [3 courses] (advisor-approved)


Areas of Study

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MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS)
This MPH program has a strong focus on addressing the behavioral, social and cultural factors related to individual and population health and the social and behavioral aspects of community health, health communication, program implementation and evaluation, and health education.
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MPH in Environmental Health (EH)
MPH in Environmental Health is designed to prepare graduates for practice-oriented careers in environmental health and management, with an emphasis on examining environmental factors and environmental policy that affect the health and sustainable environments of communities.
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MPH in Epidemiology & Biostatistics (EBS)
The MPH in Epidemiology & Biostatistics is a terminal, professional degree for those students who desire to receive fundamental training in the public health sciences, epidemiological study design, chronic and infectious disease surveillance, and core biostatistical methods.
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MPH in Health Policy and Management (HPM)
The MPH in Health Policy and Management is designed to develop professionals in the field of public health who have a clear understanding of the health policy and management of health- related programs, as well as the associated implications for public health practice and the impact on population health outcomes.
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Dual Degree Options

The public health perspective is increasingly relevant to clinical fields, where population-based research and health behavior models assist in the application of preventive health services. Clinically trained professionals are discovering that the MPH degree opens new career options and enhances their mobility within their chosen fields.

Dual degrees with the MPH are now available in collaboration with the following schools:

·       School of Medicine (MD-MPH)

·       School of Podiatric Medicine (DPM-MPH)

·       School of Social Work (MSW-MPH)

·       Kornberg School of Dentistry (DMD-MPH)

·       Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (DO-MPH)

·       Beasley School of Law (JD-MPH)

 

Fieldwork

The culminating experience or fieldwork is a requirement of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the accrediting body of all U.S. schools and programs of public health, for completion of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. The MPH culminating experience “requires a student to synthesize and integrate the knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice”. In addition, the culminating experience provides the student the opportunity to develop expertise in a topic area and to contribute original and independent observations to a body of knowledge.

The faculty recognizes that MPH graduates often have career paths that do not require or employ research skills, and that a practice-oriented culminating experience (professional practice CE) would better prepare students to practice public health in a public health agency or community setting. Temple University’s MPH program offers the following format options for the written requirement due at the end of the experience:

1)    Primary Collection of Data or Secondary Analysis of Data (under the direct supervision of a Temple University faculty preceptor)

2)    Practice-based Culminating Experience Report

The culminating experiences provide unique and valuable opportunities for the student, the community health agency, institution or health department, and Temple University. The students put into practice the knowledge gained throughout their MPH coursework and develop new skills and a better understanding of health issues. Faculty and health agencies benefit from the work produced by the students and the interaction with Temple University. Temple University faculty are informed of the needs of health agencies and use this information to update the MPH curriculum to produce knowledgeable and skilled practitioners.

Examples of culminating experience projects include program/project planning, implementation, and/or evaluation; health policy analysis; needs assessments; analysis of existing data; video, web page or curriculum development; case management, and community health service. The students produce a final report that illustrates their understanding of public health theory, principles, and processes, their ability to apply this knowledge, and demonstrate the competencies required of public health practitioners.


For even more information, please visit the Fieldwork page