The MPH degree is appropriate for the student who plans a career as a practice focused professional in public health that does not necessarily involve research. No research project is required, and this degree program consists of 45 semester credit hours. The MPH degree program at the University of Utah is a general public health education program.
The MPH degree is considered a professional degree and takes approximately two years to complete as a full-time student. Students who undertake their training on a part-time basis because of work or other commitments may require more time.
The program has always offered a curriculum embracing the core areas of knowledge basic to public health both recognized from the community as well as our accrediting body the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
- Biostatistics - collection, storage, retrieval, analysis and interpretation of health data; design and analysis of health-related surveys and experiments; and concepts and practice of statistical data analysis
- Epidemiology - distributions and determinants of disease, disabilities and death in human populations; the characteristics and dynamics of human populations; and the natural history of disease and the biologic basis of health
- Environmental health sciences - environmental factors including biological, physical and chemical factors which affect the health of a community
- Public health administration - planning, organization, administration, management, evaluation and policy analysis of health programs
- Social and behavioral sciences - concepts and methods of social and behavioral sciences relevant to the identification and the solution of public health problems
The MPH program has been continuously accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 1978.