Public health encompasses quite literally all facets of our lives. A Master of Public Health (MPH) opens the door to myriad career paths that offer you the opportunity to have a significant impact on individuals and on entire communities – even on a global level, and on future generations.
What is MPH?
A Master of Public Health is an interdisciplinary graduate degree designed to educate and build skills in a range of areas including epidemiology, environmental health, health policy, biostatistics, program planning and evaluation, and more, according to Dr. Leanne Skehan, clinical faculty of health professions at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU).
When you pursue your MPH, you’ll study current health and wellness trends and learn the scientific methods and best practices that will enable you to help change health behaviors in a wide range of arenas.
What is the Scope of an MPH Program?
You’ll learn important, applicable skills via project coursework that mimics actual career challenges. “Each course is set up with a project, based on what a real-world person does. We’re training (you) to have the skills to do this out there,” said Dr. Gail Tudor, program director of public health at SNHU. “It’s a different time in academia nowadays; we’re teaching people broader skills for a changing world.”
That teaching comes via eight categories encompassing 22 key competencies students will need as graduates, to work in public health – for instance, learning evidence-based approaches to problems, and learning how public health organizations run.
As you work through an MPH program, you will likely explore the many health behaviors, cultural and lifestyle choices, and community challenges that influence public health.
“You’ll be learning different theories and getting skills to enable your critical thinking to address these issues,” said Lyndsay Goss, director of continuing development of nursing and public health at SNHU. “We analyze programs and consider how to improve them.”
Some programs may also offer experiential learning opportunities to give you real-world practice as you pursue your degree. “I feel one of the most important pieces of the MPH program is the practical experience that students need to complete,” Skehan said. “This opportunity gives students hands-on experience working in the field of public health.”