Public Health (M.P.H.)

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The Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate program, prepares students to enter the dynamic and challenging ­ field of public health as researchers and practitioners working in the prevention of disease and improvement of the quality of life in communities.

The MPH program prepares you for the expected quarter of a million new jobs over the next decade in public health, while improving the quality of life of your community, your state, your country and the world.

Through a well-integrated program of study, students receive instruction in the core public health disciplines of -- Biostatistics - Environmental Health – Epidemiology - Health Policy & Administration - Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The MPH program provides students with opportunities to explore the intersection of the social behavioral sciences, information technology, human biology, and policy development.

MPH students undergo practical experiences in policy development, practice-based research, and public health program implementation in current public health issues.

The MPH program has been accredited by Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 1990. CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit public health programs.

What is Public Health?

The following video provides a brief overview of careers in public health.

In addition visit This is Public Health

Practice-based Learning!

Students in the ESU MPH program learn in the classroom, but more importantly apply what they learn through practical experiences in program implementation and research. Students apply their knowledge of management, evaluation, data analysis, policy development and health education by completing an internship and writing carrying out a major independent research project.

Students have completed their internships at --

  • City Health Departments in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
  • The State Department of Health in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
  • Federal Agencies such as the CDC and NIH
  • Major health systems such as Geisinger, Lehigh Valley Health Network, and St. Lukes University Health System.

Students work with faculty on research in the areas of –

Behavior Change; Program Development and Evaluation; Social Media Based Prevention; Social Marketing; Epidemiology and Reproductive Health; Alcohol and Substance Abuse; College Health Risk Behavior; School Safety and Violence and Prevention; Nutrition Education; Worksite Wellness; Nutrition Behavior; Technology and Teaching Methods; Sexuality Education; Adolescent Sexuality Issues; Cancer Control; Application of Social Marketing in Tobacco Control and Nutrition; Health Policy and Health Service Administration; International Health Policy; Cross-Sectoral Health Delivery Systems; and Minority Health Issues

Graduates of the Program.

"I’m working as an 'Applied Public Health Fellow' for the Pennsylvania State Department of Health and Penn State University. The ESU MPH program has helped prepare me to work with diverse groups of individuals and communities, as I apply the foundations of public health practice throughout my work. I never thought I’d value my education as much as I do! The continued support I have received, even after graduating, is amazing!" —Emily Mowl (MPH ’10)

MPH Graduate Placement Information

  • 40% are employed in county, regional, and/or state health departments
  • 25% are employed within medical centers and community based health service organizations
  • 20% are employed in other public health organizations, or the private sector
  • 15% of ESU MPH graduates have been accepted into doctoral programs at the following institutions: Drexel University School of Public Health; George Mason University; Georgia Southern University; Old Dominion University; University at Albany, State University of New York; University of Georgia; University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, University of South Carolina; University of North Texas; and the University of Toledo.

For more information follow the link above to the catalog for information on faculty, curriculum and courses. You may also call the ESU Health Studies Department at 570-422-3702, or email the coordinator at sgodin@esu.edu or the department chair acardelle@esu.edu.

If you are interested in applying proceed to http://www4.esu.edu/admissions/graduate/apply_now.cfm

Information for Current MPH Students

Spring 2012 Newsletter Fall 2011 Newsletter

MPH Program Manual MPH Internship Manual