Master of Public Health (MPH)
The Master of Public Health (MPH) prepares students from diverse backgrounds to become highly effective public health practitioners.
The 48-credit degree program begins with a broad, rigorous core curriculum that will give you a solid foundation of knowledge and skills across disciplines. Building upon this, you’ll take concentration courses to add depth, mastery, and strong practical skills in your chosen area of study. With the wide-ranging expertise of our faculty and the freedom to choose from over 230 elective courses across the spectrum of public health, you will have the flexibility to customize your program to suit your own career goals. In addition to your faculty advisor, you will find all of our faculty members remarkably accessible for input and guidance.
To integrate and further refine the concepts and skills you have learned, you will complete a field-based practicum, which you can design or choose from an extensive list of US and global public health agencies. This integrated approach will help you master both discipline-specific and cross-cutting skills in accordance with the ASPPH competency models and give you the skills you need to further your public health career.
We offer Master of Public Health degrees with the following concentrations:
- Environmental Health
- Global Health
- Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights
- Health Policy & Management
- Maternal & Child Health
- Social & Behavioral Sciences
What you’ll learn in the MPH program
SPH graduates bring a well-rounded, evidence-based approach to addressing public health problems. You will be prepared to work in a wide array of settings and understand the interplay of the biological, social, economic, cultural, political, behavioral, and environmental factors that affect health. You will have the ability to critically analyze public health literature, create innovative solutions to problems in collaboration with others, evaluate program effectiveness, and present your views clearly to a range of audiences, both verbally and in writing.
Upon completion of the MPH degree requirements, you will be able to:
- Identify the determinants of health and disease
- Estimate the burden and patterns of disease in communities to prioritize health needs
- Use systematic approaches to develop, implement, and evaluate public health policies, programs, or services
- Communicate effectively to promote the health of all members of our communities, especially the disadvantaged, underserved, and vulnerable
- Access and use data to identify and solve public health problems
- Work independently and as part of a team, and demonstrate effective leadership qualities and practices
- Make decisions that reflect ethical considerations and respect for the values, beliefs, and practices within diverse communities and cultures
- Demonstrate professional knowledge and skills for effective practice in your selected field of study
Dual Degrees and Special MPH programs
- Global Health Management (MBA/MPH): Offered in conjunction with Boston University School of Management’s Health Sector Management Program.
- Health Policy & Management (MBA/MPH): Offered in conjunction with Boston University School of Management’s Health Sector Management Program.
- Law & Public Health (JD/MPH): Offered in conjunction with Boston University School of Law.
- Master’s International Program: Combines an MPH degree program with 27 months of field experience in the US Peace Corps.
- Medicine & Public Health (MD/MPH): Offered in conjunction with Boston University School of Medicine.
- Medical Sciences & Public Health (MS/MPH): Offered in conjunction with Boston University’s Division of Graduate Medical Sciences.
- Pharmaceuticals Program: Uniquely prepares students for pharmaceutical-related positions in industry, government, and NGOs.
- Social Work & Public Health (MSW/MPH): Offered in conjunction with Boston University School of Social Work.