Public Health


Population Health

Degree Earned

Master of Public Health

Program Type


Advanced Standing

The Advanced Standing pathway is designed to increase the number of healthcare professionals who have advanced training in public health, with the goal of promoting wellness, assuring quality and addressing the social determinants of health in the healthcare setting and in the community.

The Advanced Standing pathway complements the College’s existing efforts to train healthcare practitioners to be more effective and to contribute to population and community health. This program provides medical school graduates with an opportunity to pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. Physicians with an MPH degree are prepared to make a difference at the patient's side and in the community. The program provides training in leadership, epidemiology, biostatistics, research, health behavior, healthcare delivery, healthcare quality and safety, policy, advocacy, wellness and prevention. Physicians with an MPH degree assume leadership positions in the healthcare setting, in state and local public health departments, non-governmental health organizations, and in the global context.

Advanced Standing students complete 33 credits (11 courses) of MPH coursework. Jefferson supports Advanced Standing students by providing a host of structured activities to augment classroom learning. These activities focus on the intersection of public health and health care, and include a lecture series and an enhanced field experience. Additionally, students work closely with faculty to design and complete an independent research project on a topic of their choice. 


  • Be a graduate of a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) accredited institution


Taking the time to obtain your MPH is an important decision. It can help you:

  • Develop an advanced understanding of the social determinants of health and health equity
  • Explore additional areas of interest, to better plan your career path
  • Distinguish yourself from your peers

Public health training prepares you to:

  • Independently initiate, analyze, and author research
  • Leverage clinical expertise to support advocacy work
  • Effectively serve diverse and under-served populations
  • Be on the front line of social justice issues
  • Address emerging population health challenges
  • Collaborate effectively with policy makers, administrators, clinicians, and others


  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Complete the 120-hour applied practice experience (Clerkship)
  • Complete an independent research project of publishable quality

Application Process

Jefferson's Master of Public Health (MPH) program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).