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Master of Public Health

CEPH

Public Health is an interdisciplinary field of study and practice with two primary goals - to prevent illness, disease, and injury; and to promote and protect human health. Public Health achieves these goals while supporting human rights and respecting the dignity of the individual.

The core functions of public health practice include:

  • Assessment and monitoring of the health of "at risk" communities and populations to identify health problems and priorities
  • Formulating public policies in collaboration with community and government leaders
  • Assuring that all populations have access to appropriate and cost-effective care, including health promotion and disease prevention services

Jefferson's Master of Public Health (MPH) prepares diverse professionals to work in

  • state and local public health departments or health centers
  • non-governmental health organizations (NGOs)
  • schools and universities
  • professional health agencies
  • related health care businesses, such as the pharmaceutical industry
  • public health research
  • global health environments.

MPH professionals track disease outbreaks, conduct community health assessments, plan public health education programs, develop public health policies to reduce adverse environmental exposures, advocate for government policy changes to increase public access to preventive health services, and direct campaigns to prevent infectious disease or reduce risk factors that encourage chronic conditions.

Program Audiences

Jefferson's MPH degree program is intended for:

  • Recent college graduates with majors in natural or social sciences;
  • Students currently enrolled in a medical, nursing or law degree program who wish to earn an additional degree in public health;
  • Practicing health professionals working in government, community health organizations, healthcare settings, health insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, and academic institutions.
    • practicing health professionals working in government, community health organizations, healthcare settings, health insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, and academic institutions.

Jefferson's MPH accreditation report is available upon request. To obtain a copy of the report, contact Rob Simmons, MPH program director. For further information about the MPH program, e-mail jsph@jefferson.edu or call (215) 503-0174.