Public Health, MPH

The MPH Program prepares students for leadership by integrating research, education, and service learning in population health problems. The program's aim to educate professionals from diverse disciplines in the core areas that define public health. Its ultimate goal is to ensure that Penn students and faculty can have the maximum positive impact upon current and future public health problems. Penn's Environmental Health Track offers a curriculum designed specifically for applicants to the interdisciplinary Master of Public Health Program who are interested in mastering skills in identifying, investigating, ameliorating, and communicating about environmental health risks. Key strengths of this track include the MPH Program’s ability to provide mentored Capstone experiences, especially focused on the urban environment and communities with an aging industrial infrastructure, such as Philadelphia and its many surrounding areas.

Curriculum

Students must complete 14 course units of coursework and a minimum of 125 hours of fieldwork. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better and must achieve a B- or higher in each course to receive credit toward the degree.

Core Courses
PUBH 501Introduction to Biostatistics1
PUBH 502Introduction to the Principles and Methods of Epidemiology1
PUBH 503Environmental and Occupational Health1
PUBH 504Public Health Theories & Frameworks1
PUBH 505Public Health Policy and Administration1
PUBH 506Methods for Public Health Practice1
PUBH 507Public Health Law & Ethics1
Capstone
PUBH 508Capstone Seminar I1
PUBH 509CAPSTONE SEMINAR II1
Fieldwork (minimum 125 hours)
Electives
Select 5 course units of electives 15
Total Course Units14

Generalist Track

Generalist Required Electives
Select one course from the following:1
Issues in Global Health
Program Evaluation in Public Health
Advanced Leadership Skills in Community Health
Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases
Interpreting Epi Literature to Inform and Influence
Adv Local Policymaking
Advocacy & Public Health
Select four courses from approved elective list4
Electives available for this track can be found at www.cphi.upenn.edu/mph/GeneralistTrackOverview.html
Total Course Units5

 Environmental Health

Environmental Health Required Electives
Select one course from the following:1
Exper Learn Env Hlth
Geography & Public Health
Epidemics: Social causes and consequences of outbreaks, emergencies, threats
Select two courses related to Environmental Health2
Select two courses from approved elective list2
Electives available for this track can be found at www.cphi.upenn.edu/cphi/mph/EnvironmentalHealthTrack.html
Total Course Units5

Global Health 

Global Health Required Electives
Select one course from the following:1
Issues in Global Health
Developing Effective Public Health Programs Using a Humans Rights Based Approach
Global Health Policy and Delivery
Select two courses related to Global Health2
Select two courses from approved elective list2
Electives available for this track can be found at www.cphi.upenn.edu/cphi/mph/MPHGlobalHealthTrack.html
Total Course Units5

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.