Thomas Jefferson UniversityJefferson School of Population Health

Main menu:

Program Overview

  • The CEPH-accredited MPH requires completion of 45 credits, including a clerkship (field experience) and capstone research project.
    • The clerkship is a semester-long community experience that is completed locally, nationally, or abroad.
    • The capstone research project applies research to some aspect of public health.
  • The Certificate in Public Health requires completion of 18 credits, all of which can be applied to the MPH degree at a later time.
  • Two 14-week and one 11-week terms per year, beginning in September and ending July 1, accommodate both part-time and full-time students.
  • Classes are offered after 5:00 p.m. during the week to accommodate working adults.

o   Part-time students can complete the program in two to four years.

  • The One Year Plus option enables pre-professional and dual-degree students to complete all coursework for the MPH in ten months and to complete the capstone project the following year.
  • Students can begin the program in September or January. 
  • Competency-based degree program accredited through the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH).
  • Stresses competencies in five key public health areas – behavioral and social sciences; biostatistics; environmental health sciences, epidemiology; and health policy and management.
  • Emphasizes leadership, systems thinking, health communication and cultural humility and competency.
  • Clerkship is a semester-long community experience with a public health-related organization that can be completed locally, elsewhere in the United States, or abroad.
  • Classes are offered across three 14-week sessions per year that begin in September and end by late July.
  • Full-time students can complete the program in 16 – 20 months. Part-time students can complete the program in 24 – 48 months.
  • Students enrolled in a Jefferson joint degree program (MD/MPH; JD or MJ/MPH; MSN/MPH) can complete coursework in one year with the capstone research project completed in a subsequent year.
  • Classes are offered after 4PM during the week or on weekends at the Center City campus of Thomas Jefferson University.
  • Students can begin the program in September or January.