Master of Public Health

Master of Public Health (MPH)

 Program Description

The Master of Public Health program is a 42-credit post-Baccalaureate program with four specialization options – Epidemiology, Healthcare Management, Nutrition and Population Health. The program accepts both full and part-time students and provides students with knowledge essential to the practice of public health on a global scale. Students develop a strong foundation in public health by studying biostatistics, environmental health issues, epidemiology, health policy and management and social and behavioral determinants of health, as well as study in specialization areas so that graduates gain the expertise necessary to address some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Graduates of the MPH program will:

  • Analyze public health literature and apply evidence-based practices to public health issues.
  • Identify, quantify and then promote reduction of the harmful impacts of current and emerging technologies on health.
  • Address current public health challenges through multidisciplinary approaches that apply the latest scientific knowledge, collaboration, and creative problem-solving skills.

Admission Requirements 

  • An application completed online at www.uml.edu/grad/
  • Transcripts from a completed BA or BS degree in any field, or senior-year status, with an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Grades of C or better in required, prerequisite college-level courses. These include a minimum one semester of statistics and one semester of either biology or anatomy and physiology. Applicants who are missing prerequisites may be admitted with the provision that they meet with their advisor before or during their first semester and develop a plan of study to complete the prerequisites during the first year.
  • Three Letters of recommendation from individuals able to judge an applicant's readiness for graduate study.
  • A statement of purpose, typically a 1-2 page document providing information about the applicant's future plans, a description of how the MPH degree fits into these plans and evidence of an applicant's readiness for graduate study.
  • GRE score. The GRE requirement may be waived with a prior graduate degree or with successful completion of the 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Public Health Studies with a GPA of at least 3.5.
For International Applicants
  • TOEFL scores of at least 79 (Internet-based) are required.
  • Transcripts from colleges outside the United States must be certified by a credentialing agency such as WES (www.wes.org) or CED (www.cedevaluations.com). To receive prerequisite credit fo undergraduate courses in statistics, biology or anatomy and physiology, the document must be a course-by-course certification, not simply a general summary evaluation of a degree program.

All other materials required for a completed graduate application package as defined by the Graduate Admissions Office.

Dietetics

The Master of Public Health in Dietetics is intended for students who want to become Registered Dietitians (RDs). The dietetics option is an accredited Coordinated Program in Dietetics, that combines the academic and supervised practice experience to qualify graduates to become RDs.

Information, please contact Renee Barile, Renee_Barrile@uml.edu

Epidemiology

Epidemiologists are critical to the identification of public health hazards, the evaluation of health systems data. Epidemiology and the closely related field of biostatistics are core disciplines of public health and there continues to be a strong need for MPH professionals with expertise in these field for both public an private health programs. The goal of this specialization is to produce practitioners who have a solid grasp of the fundamental principles of epidemiology and health statistics including study design, data analysis, assessment of bias, control of confounders and exposure assessment.

Field epidemiology experience will be provided through the practicum experience an summer internships, with public and private sector health agencies. Examples include collaborations with the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Departments of Public Health, town and city health department and regional health departments and regional hospitals.

Information: please contact Leland Ackerson, Ph.D.

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Health Promotion is the process of applying social and behavioral science principles to education and environmental change that empowers individuals and groups to take control of and improve their own health. MPH Specialists combine knowledge of social and behavioral sciences to create and carry out successful public health interventions to promote population health. The goal of this option is to educate practitioners who have a broad foundation of the fundamental principles of public heath with a focus on program planning and evaluation.

The 6-credit MPH practicum provides students focusing on population health with applied experience in health promotion and disease prevention. Examples include collaborations in planning, implementing and evaluating public health campaigns at federal agencies, state and local health departments, hospital settings, community health centers, social service agencies and non profit public health organizations.

Information: please contact Leland Ackerson.

Healthcare Management

At the local, regional and national level, our healthcare system confronts new challenges in coping with the many changes in technology, information systems, financing and management. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow by 22% from 2010 to 2020". The MPH concentration in Healthcare Management will prepare graduates to manage public health programs and organizations. Students will learn the conceptual, organizational, personnel and financial skills required for effective, but also compassionate and ethical, work performance. 

The current graduate program within the Department of Community Health and Sustainability has achieved regional distinction among students interested in the management of healthcare information systems. The faculty engaged in healthcare management who teach in the program has been an asset to the program and will teach the classes with students who are experienced managers working throughout the healthcare industry and a diverse mix of clinicians, including both NP's and MD's will enrich the educational experiences. The existing Heath Informatics and Management program has experienced an increase in the number of international students, many whom are health professionals. This will also enrich the educational experience of the MPH students in the Healthcare Management option. 

Graduates with a Master's degree in public health with an option in Healthcare Management will have advanced education in healthcare finance, law and ethics in healthcare, operations analysis and quality improvement, healthcare management and healthcare information systems. They will be prepared to assume leadership positions.  

Information: please contact Leland Ackerson, Ph.D., Leland_Ackerson@uml.edu.

Nutrition

Public Health Nutrition specialists examine the relationship of nutrition with health problems including obesity, chronic diseases, malnutrition, food insecurity and nutritional deficiencies. Public Health Nutritionists provide nutrition education, conduct research, help to develop health and wellness programs, and deliver many other nutritional services to individuals and populations. Students in the Nutrition option of the MPH program advance their knowledge and skills through a program that emphasizes a broad background in public health and specialized education in nutrition.

Information: please contact Renee Barrile, Ph.D.