Epidemiologists identify public health hazards, evaluate health interventions and monitor health systems data to protect public health. Every day during the pandemic epidemiologists across the world are analyzing data, conducting studies and sharing recommendations based on science.
Choose the MPH Epidemiology option if you want to gain a solid grasp of the fundamental principles of epidemiology and health statistics. You’ll learn about study design, data collection and analysis, assessment of bias, and control of confounders. Graduates of the MPH Public Health Epidemiology program have found exciting and meaningful careers in:
- Public sector organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Rhode Island Department of Health, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and numerous municipal health departments.
- Private corporations such as World Congress, Evidera, Marsh & McLennan Agency and Abt Associates.
- Non-profit organizations such as Partners in Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Lowell Community Health Center, North Suffolk Mental Health Associates, Home Health Foundation and The Community Health Center, Inc.
- Academic and research institutions as research associates.
At the local, national and regional level, our healthcare system confronts new challenges in coping with the many changes in technology, information systems, financing and management.
Choose the MPH Healthcare Management option if you want to learn the conceptual, organizational, personnel and financial skills required to become an effective and compassionate public health manager.
Graduates of the program gain an advanced education in healthcare finance, law and ethics in healthcare, operations analysis and quality improvement, healthcare management and healthcare information systems. You’ll be prepared to assume leadership positions in the complex healthcare industry, especially those industries that contribute to the public health of communities and populations.
Graduates of the MPH Healthcare Management program have found exciting and meaningful careers in:
- Healthcare institutions such as Boston Medical Center, Partners Health Care, Lowell Community Health Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Tufts Medical Center.
- Private corporations such as Vinfen, Signify Health, Caduceus Healthcare, JSS Medical Research, SCM Insurance Services, and Spring Street Exchange.
- Public sector organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Government of Indonesia.
- Non-profit organizations such as Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts Medical Society, The Bridge of Central Massachusetts
SocialSocial and Behavioral Sciences
The process of applying social and behavioral science principles to education empowers individuals and groups to take control of and improve their own health.
Choose the MPH Social and Behavioral option to learn how to create and carry out successful public health interventions that promote population health. You’ll gain a broad foundation of the fundamental principles of public health with a focus on program planning and evaluation.
- The MPH Social and Behavioral Sciences option program prepares graduates to:
- Find, understand and apply relevant public health literature Design and implement programs that improve public health by fostering change in individual behaviors, environmental conditions and social policy
- Evaluate public health programs through data collection and analysis
- Engage individuals and communities in discussion and decision-making to clarify shared public health goals
Graduates of the MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences program have found exciting and meaningful careers in such diverse workplaces as Tufts Health Plan, Beth Israel Lahey Health, Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Cambridge Health Alliance, Syneos Health, and Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley. Job titles that these graduates have had include Substance Use Treatment Project Coordinator, Clinical Trial Coordinator, Program Specialist, Program Associate, Program Coordinator, Behavioral Health Case Manager, and Drug Authorization Specialist.
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Public health nutrition specialists examine the relationship of nutrition and health problems including obesity and chronic diseases, as well as malnutrition, food insecurity and nutritional deficiencies.
Choose the MPH Nutrition option to learn how to provide nutrition education, conduct research, develop health and wellness programs and deliver many other nutritional services to individuals and/or populations.
The MPH Nutrition option prepares students to:
- Identify and prevent risks that contribute to the development of malnutrition
- Develop strategies and policies to improve food security and reduce obesity Develop programs to improve the nutritional status of diverse population groups
- Develop effective strategies for advocating for improved nutrition
- Develop and manage wellness programs to promote healthy eating and chronic disease prevention
Graduates of the MPH in Nutrition find rewarding careers in local, state and federal nutrition assistance programs like WIC, SNAP-Ed, and he School Breakfast and Lunch program.
They also develop and deliver nutrition education and/or policies for nutrition and wellness programs and organizations like YMCA's day care centers, restaurants and community health centers.