Master's Degree in Public Health in Pennsylvania
Many universities in Pennsylvania offer Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees. This article describes and compares MPH programs to help you choose which one suits you best.
The College of Health Sciences of Arcadia University offers an MPH program that emphasizes the importance of community outreach through the design and execution of yearlong capstone projects that allow students to apply their knowledge to humanitarian initiatives. Courses on both the biological/medical (epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health) and social (behavioral sciences and health care administration) aspects of public health, as well as research work and internships, prepare Arcadia University's MPH students for work in international public health.
The MPH program at Drexel's Dornsife School of Public Health has four majors: Community Health and Prevention, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, and Health and Management Policy, with the option to take the program onsite or online. Students are provided access to a network of more than 70 partners (nonprofit, public sector, and corporate) and are required to accomplish interdisciplinary training (volunteering or off-campus learning opportunities) and conduct an Integrative Learning Experience that can take the form of a research study or a program evaluation.
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania gives students three ways to complete the requirements for the MPH degree - an accelerated route (1 year), a traditional full-time route (2 years), or a part-time curriculum. Core courses on epidemiology, biostatistics, public health administration, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health shape students into capable research practitioners and provide them with the essential knowledge serve as certified health education specialists.
La Salle University
La Salle University's MPH program focuses on solving health problems in urban communities, with courses on ethics, global health and disease, urban health, and research methods, among others. Aside from completing public health practice hours in vulnerable metropolitan communities, students are also required to complete a capstone (or culminating experience) and participate in practice immersions.
Pennsylvania State University - College of Medicine
Students in the MPH program of Pennsylvania State University - College of Medicine can choose among four concentrations after completing their core coursework: Community & Behavioral Health, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Health Systems Organization & Policy, and Global Health. Producing an online portfolio and completing the applied practice experience (APE) prepares students for public health leadership and impactful research work.
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock University's MPH program is offered onsite and online, and after taking core courses, students can choose to concentrate on either Health Promotion and Wellness or Environmental and Occupational Health. Students must comply with internship and capstone project requirements to develop expertise in program planning, community outreach, and public health leadership.
Thomas Jefferson University
The Jefferson College of Population Health of the Thomas Jefferson University offers an interdisciplinary MPH program focused on health communication, leadership, systems thinking, and global health, with four concentrations that students can choose from: Public Health Analytics, Public Health Policy & Advocacy, Healthcare Quality & Safety, and Public Health Practice (Generalist). Aside from coursework, students are required to complete the Clerkship-Applied Practice Experience and Integrative Learning Experience.
University of the Sciences
Students aspiring to work in health policy may enroll in the University of the Sciences' MPH program, which offers a Health Policy Concentration. This program emphasizes the importance of serving vulnerable communities and understanding the ethics behind health issues and practices through the curriculum, which incorporates courses on epidemiology, public policy, health disparities, and public health management, as well as through certain requirements, such as field practice and capstone experiences.
West Chester University
Students enrolled in the West Chester University MPH program have three concentrations to choose from: Community Health, Health Care Administration, and Environmental Health. Onsite and online classes on topics such as environmental health, systems thinking, public health policy, and research methods are available to help students become adept in designing public health interventions, performing research work, and assessing the needs of vulnerable communities.
|School Name||Programs Offered||Tuition (2019-2020)|
|Arcadia University||Master of Public Health (MPH)||$34,425**|
|Drexel University||Master of Public Health|
*Community Health and Prevention
*Environmental and Occupational Health
*Health and Management Policy
|East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania||Master of Public Health (MPH)||$9,288 in-state or $13,932 out-of-state*|
|La Salle University||Master of Public Health (MPH)||$25,060*|
|Pennsylvania State University - College of Medicine||Master of Public Health|
* Community & Behavioral Health
* Epidemiology & Biostatistics
* Health Systems Organization & Policy
* Global Health
|Slippery Rock University||Master of Public Health|
* Health Promotion and Wellness
* Environmental and Occupational Health
|$9,288 in-state or $13,932 out-of-state*|
|Thomas Jefferson University||Master of Public Health|
* Public Health Analytics
* Public Health Policy & Advocacy
* Healthcare Quality & Safety
* Public Health Practice (Generalist)
|University of the Sciences||Master of Public Health|
* Health Policy
|West Chester University of Pennsylvania||Master of Public Health|
* Community Health
* Health Care Administration
* Environmental Health
|$9,288 in-state or $13,932 out-of-state*|
* Sources: NCES, ** College websites.
These MPH programs deliver courses on central public health topics such as epidemiology, biostatistics, public health management and policy, and ethics. Each school offers a unique take on the MPH program, so that students can choose from a variety of concentrations.