Masters in Public Health (MPH)

DEPARTMENT: DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH

CONTACT: Steve Alder, Ph.D, Division Chief, publichealthinfo@utah.edu

Courses are scheduled in 5 week blocks allowing completion of up to 18 credits per semester. The degree can be completed in one or two years. To accommodate working professionals, classes will be taught during evenings and/or weekends. Students have the option to complete the degree fully at the Asia Campus in the Republic of Korea or spend a portion of time at the Salt Lake City, Utah campus in the United States.

The Master in Public Health (MPH) degree offered by the Division of Public Health at the University of Utah Asia Campus provides a comprehensive education in the principles of public health and the practical application of these principles to public health practice while stressing the qualities of leadership and teamwork. The curriculum embraces the theme of global health with faculty actively involved in community-engaged projects and research in a variety of settings worldwide. Our classes are enhanced by such real-world case studies, the opportunity for students to conduct their practicum (internship) at sites worldwide, and the option to participate in our structured Learning Abroad program.

While many of our current students have no prior experience in public health, the MPH program is designed to also address the needs of professionals currently working in public health and related fields. Graduate education provides an opportunity for advanced training that will directly impact how they address public health issues and will prepare them to take a leadership role in the practice of public health.

MPH Rankings

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks Public Health Program in the top 10 among peer programs
  • The School of Medicine in which the Division of Public Health is housed is ranked 48 in Best Research and 29 in Best Primary Care
  • National Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited since 1978 (one of the first three masters degrees nationally  accredited by the CEPH)
  • 90% of graduates have a job in public health within 12 months of graduation
  • Other notable rankings for the UU:
  • College of Pharmacy ranked among top 10 best in the nation
  • University of Utah School of Medicine Top 50 Best in Nation Research & Primary Care

Opportunities

The need for well-trained public health professionals is increasing, both due to the ‘new’ epidemics of chronic disease, as well as the threats from emerging infectious diseases in a world that is globally connected in historically unprecedented ways. In some countries, these changes are occurring in a climate of transformation of the health care system to a comprehensive health system where primary health care has an increased focus on wellness rather than just treatment of disease. In other counties this approach is the well-established norm. The MPH Program is designed to provide the training needed for new practitioners as well as experienced professionals to meet the needs of organizations conducting public health programs to address these pressing issues. Accreditation is an extremely important element to ensure the quality of MPH degree programs. The University of Utah has been accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 1978. Bringing a CEPH accredited degree program to the University of Utah Asia Campus will provide immediate recognition from the academic public health community and will make this a unique offering in this region of the world. This will also provide graduates with opportunities for further graduate training in most institutions around the world.

Learn more about our Master of Public Health degree