The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is designed for students with an interest in population health and program administration who are considering careers in industry, health services or the insurance industry. Requirements for this degree generally take two years of full-time or four years of part-time study to complete. We offer two different pathways for this degree – a long-standing major in Environmental Health and a new option for a major in Public Health Practice.
The Environmental Health Major is designed for applicants at any stage of their career who are seeking immediate admission to the MPH program, and those who are considering a PhD after successful completion of the MPH. Graduate Record Exams (GREs) are not required for admission to the MPH program, but they are required for the PhD program.
The Public Health Practice (PHP) Major is designed for mid-career professionals who want to continue to work full-time while complementing their workplace practice with academic learning. The PHP Major does not require Graduate Record Exams, if the student first successfully completes a Certificate of Core Concepts in Public Health and then readmits for completion of the Public Health Practice Major. For details, see:https://www.sph.umn.edu/academics/degrees-programs/certificate/core-concepts/
Either MPH pathway includes the core courses in Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Occupational and Environmental Nursing, field experiences, and a final paper, which will total a minimum of 42 credits (including electives).
The Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degree is for students interested in a career focused on research and graduate education. The PhD level course work emphasizes statistical and analytic methods required to conduct original research, such as epidemiology and biostatistics, and coursework specific to the student’s dissertation topic. The program generally takes a minimum of three years of full-time study to complete after completing the equivalent of the masters-level occupational and environmental health nursing course work. Students develop their dissertation topics from ongoing research projects, their own ideas or in association with their employment.