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Message from the Director of the MPH program

Christopher SeplakiThe Master’s in Public Health (MPH) degree program in the Department of Public Health Sciences is a 43-credit program accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). It has a long-standing tradition of training a diverse range of public health and health professionals in the skills needed to identify, prevent and solve community health problems.  Upon completion of the MPH degree program in the Department of Public Health Sciences students will be able to: 1) utilize concepts and theories of public health in addressing specific population health concerns; 2) formulate and answer questions related to population health improvement among diverse populations, using quantitative and qualitative evidence; ​and 3) work collaboratively to identify assets and problems, collect relevant data and devise and evaluate programs. The MPH program takes advantage of our unique setting within a leading School of Medicine with its clinical research resources and collaborative faculty. Active faculty research programs provide students with opportunities to engage in research across a range of areas, including behavioral interventions, environmental health, global health, health policy and outcomes, maternal and child health, medical decision making, nutrition, and aging. Our MPH program draws students from a wide mix of disciplines and backgrounds, who live, learn, and grow in an academic environment that nurtures innovative scientific inquiry, intellectual discussion, diversity, and both personal and professional development. Classes provide a rich learning environment, using a combination of online and in-person lectures.  Students completing the program will be well prepared for professional careers focused on public health practice and research in the public health and medical fields, as well as careers in private industry, government, and non-profit agencies. 

We welcome you to join us! For detailed information about program objectives and curriculum, please see About The Program, or contact us to discuss how our MPH program can help you meet your educational and career goals!

Why the University of Rochester for your MPH?CEPH Accreditation Seal

  • Established in 1970
  • Outstanding teaching faculty.
  • Ongoing research on critical public health issues including tobacco control, air quality, breastfeeding,  maternal/child health and nutrition, HIV prevention and deaf health.
  • Dedication to programs done in collaboration with community partners.
  • Our program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
  • Our program trains present and future health professionals from a variety of disciplines by developing an enhancing research, evaluative and planning abilities
  • We provide skills for a rational and analytic approach to problem solving from both investigative and managerial perspectives
  • The program prepares graduates for roles in a wide variety of public and regulatory agencies, in profit and not-for-profit private health agencies, and in health services research

Located in the dynamic city of Rochester with its International Jazz Festival, Eastman School of Music, home of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass and in close proximity to the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State featuring award-winning wineries.

Student & Faculty Perspectives

Why Public Health?

Public Health is an exciting and growing field that lets you make a real impact on the world around you. Public Health saves lives—your life, the lives of your family and friends, and the lives of people around the world.

Why Should I Pursue a Career in Public Health?

Most experts agree that major advances in improvement of health over the next decades will not come from new medical findings or cures, but rather the broader development and application of population-based prevention programs.

Health services delivery systems are undergoing rapid change. Greater emphasis is being placed on health promotion and disease prevention as a means to reduce the costs of care by improving the health of our populations. These changes have created a broad array of new opportunities for professionals with advanced training in public health.

As the public become more informed about the effects of toxic wastes and pollutants on their health, greater emphasis is being placed on assuring the safety of our communities as well as worker health and safety. As a result, there is growing demand for experts in environmental health and industrial hygiene.

Public health research is focusing more on women's health, and child and substance abuse, and an increased emphasis is being placed on behavioral change to prevent the risk of STDs, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and unplanned pregnancies. Greater emphasis is also being placed on school health and the health of minority and disadvantaged populations.

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