Public Health


College of Population Health


Master of Public Health


On Campus



Enrollment Options

Part Time, Full Time


Through a combination of interactive courses, tailored field work and a student-designed Capstone Project, Jefferson’s Public Health program will prepare students to have an impactful and rewarding career as public health professionals. Our small class sizes and committed faculty will provide students with the mentoring and support needed to launch careers. 

The Master of Public Health is a 45-credit degree.

The MPH degree requires the completion of 27 credits of core courses (including a non-crediting bearing clerkship) and 18 credits of concentration and elective courses.

Classes are held onsite at Thomas Jefferson University’s Center City Philadelphia campus. They are offered during the day and after 5 pm, accommodating working adults. There are four terms per year running September to June.

  • Pre-fall term runs June to August
  • Fall term runs September to December.
  • Spring term runs January to March.
  • Summer term runs April to June.

LPHT and graduate certificate students can begin the program in any term (fall, spring or summer). This flexibility allows both part-time and full-time students to complete coursework at their own pace. LEAP students begin in the fall term.

Core Courses

  • PBH 501: Foundations of Public Health
  • PBH 500: Foundations of the US Healthcare System
  • PBH 502: Society, Behavior & the Environment
  • PBH 504 or 505: Fundamentals of Statistics
  • PBH 506: Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • PBH 509: Foundations of Policy & Advocacy
  • PBH 510: Health Research Methods
  • PBH 520: Program Planning, Implementation & Evaluation
  • PBH 651: Clerkship-Applied Practice Experience (C-APE)
  • PBH 611 and 612 or 613 and 614: Capstone-Integrative Learning Experience (C-ILE)

Public Health Practice (Generalist) Concentration

6 free-choice electives 

Public Health Analytics Concentration

  • PBH 512: Qualitative Research Methods
  • PBH 605: Advanced Statistics
  • PBH 606: Advanced Epidemiology
  • PBH 609: GIS Mapping
  • 2 free-choice electives

Healthcare Quality & Safety Concentration

  • HQS 500: Introduction to Healthcare Quality & Safety
  • HQS 509: Applied Principles of Healthcare Quality
  • HQS 515: Applied Principles of Patient Safety
  • OPX 532: Project Management Essentials
  • 2 free-choice electives

Public Health Policy & Advocacy Concentration

  • PBH 507: Fundamentals of Environmental Health
  • PBH 513: Public Health Law & Ethics
  • PBH 518: Applied Policy & Advocacy
  • AHE 501: Economics of Health Insurance
  • 2 free-choice electives

Students earning the Graduate Certificate in Public Health (18 credits) will identify 3 core courses and 3 additional courses in consultation with the Program Director. The three additional courses may be core or elective courses, assuming pre-requisites have been met.

For course descriptions, please view the Jefferson College of Population Health Course Descriptions page.

Concentration competencies are listed in the Degree Requirements guide located on our Handbooks & Forms section of Student Resources.