Master of Public Health


Program Description

Our Master of Public Health is one of the most innovative public health programs in the United States. Our interdisciplinary curriculum equips you with the skills and experience to excel in the 21st-century health workforce and enables you to contribute to the quest of improving the public’s health. Public health is more than a job – it’s a calling to make a difference.

Help develop healthier communities

The mission of the University of New Haven’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program is to prepare healthcare professionals who prevent disease, promote health, and protect the well-being of the public through education, practice, research, and service.

Through our program, you will gain leadership skills, innovative mindset, and background in evidence-based decision-making that are required to excel in the field of public health. You will also curate the professional, social, ethical, and political understanding of health you need to succeed from in- and out-of-the-classroom experiences. As a student, you will learn public health by doing public health.

Our core curriculum provides the broad foundation in key areas including epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, healthcare administration, and environmental health, along with more advanced coursework focusing on the range of issues relevant to public health today, including global health, healthcare leadership, public health ethics, public health law, and public health practice, planning, and evaluation.

Become A Champion For Public Health

A Master’s in Public Health is perfect for individuals who want to have a meaningful career helping people and communities in an influential way. Whether it's halfway across the world, or right in your backyard, you'll be prepared to identify health problems and implement health programs to help people live better lives.

All of your learning experiences will enable you to develop broad technical skills as well as the organizational competencies needed to thrive in a wide range of settings in which public health professionals work, including state and local government, non-governmental organizations, hospitals, research institutions, policy-making institutions, and community health programs, among others.

Sample job titles include health information specialist, hospital administrator, community health program manager, county public health director, health promotion/education specialist, public health nutritionist, public health administrator, consultant, data analyst, research associate, and quality improvement specialist, among many others.

The 42-credit program – that you can pursue as a full-time or part-time student, or through our 3+2 or 4+1 dual-degree BS/MPH programs – delivers broad and practical interdisciplinary training for students interested in non-clinical and allied health fields alike. You’ll have the option to pursue tracks in either global health; health education and promotion; or health informatics, or a customizable general track that you can map out with your adviser.

Program Vision

Our MPH is one of the most innovative in the United States because it features:

  • Personalized on-the-ground academic support, small classes, and faculty and alumni advisers to mentor you throughout your career journey.
  • Convenient course offerings including hybrid, online, and evening courses for flexible study.
  • Elective courses that enhance and expand the learning experiences in relation to student interests in public health.
  • Integration and practical application of coursework through field experiences, capstone projects, and other educational, research, and service activities.
  • A program-wide focus on preparing to lead and collaborate with others in organized community efforts across a variety of settings, focusing on disease prevention and health promotion among vulnerable populations.
  • Opportunities to develop the skills needed to build successful careers, including counseling, resume writing, interview training, and collaboration with faculty and alumni mentors.
  • Real-world experiences that harness cultural competence and promotion of the diversity of thought, culture, gender, and ethnicity.
  • Internationally recognized public health thought leaders and practitioners.

Who Should Consider an MPH Degree?

The MPH is one of the most sought-after degrees in health care today. Individuals who should consider enrolling in the University of New Haven’s MPH program include:

  • Individuals from any background who are planning to pursue a career in public health.
  • Recent college graduates, interested in a career in public health or preventative medicine.
  • Physicians, nurses, dental hygienists, nutritionists, dieticians, dentists, veterinarians, or other clinicians pursuing managerial or administrative roles and responsibilities in public health or the health sector.
  • Healthcare professionals, managers, or administrators seeking formal training and education in preparation for advanced careers in public health.

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Program Competencies

Our MPH delivers five competencies, all of which align with those established by the public health education accrediting body — the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH). Developing these competencies will prepare you to sit for the Certified in Public Health exam, which is offered through the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE).

  • Evidence-based approaches to public health
  • Public health and healthcare systems
  • Policy in public health
  • Planning and management to promote health
  • Leadership, communication, and inter-professional practice

Admissions Standards

The MPH Program reviews applications holistically, considering a wide range of factors including previous GPA, work experience, statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. Most students who matriculate to the MPH Program have undergraduate GPAs of 3.0 or higher.

Admissions Criteria and Application Materials

No GRE or GMAT score is required to apply to the MPH Program.

  • 3.0 undergraduate GPA or higher from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • 250-word statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic references only)
  • Current resume or CV
  • Current TOEFL or other language exam score (if non-native English speaker)

Nationally Recognized Center for Career Development

All University of New Haven students have access to the many resources available through the University’s Career Development Center, which has been named one of the best in the nation by The Princeton Review.

From career assessments, networking, and job shadowing to on-campus interviews and salary negotiation, the Career Development Center provides the skills and connections to identify a meaningful career and an opportunity to pursue your passion.

Selected Courses

Biostatistical Applications in Public Health

This course introduces research methods and the fundamental statistics needed to succeed in today’s public health organizations. The course follows a practical approach that allows the student to learn key statistical principles and learn ways to effectively convey data and results using Excel. This course covers both quantitative and qualitative research methods used in public health.

Global Health

This course introduces students to the challenges of health equity around the world, with a focus on developing and low-income countries. Topics discussed will include rates of infectious disease and lack of medical care. In addition, students will discuss the effects of the healthy versus unhealthy environment on health. The course will introduce the challenges faced in providing shelter, sanitation, clean water, and healthy food to reduce the global burden of disease. The course will also explain the role of governments, ministries of health, and world health organizations in health equity.

Health, Behavior, and Society

This course introduces students to a social, ecological, and life-course perspective of population health. Challenges students to address societal and structural forces such as socioeconomic position, racial, ethnic, and gender sources of inequality, as well as interpersonal processes reflected in norms, networks, and social capital. This course focuses on behavior, communication, decision-making, and health outcomes at the individual, family and community levels.

Health Analytics

This course will examine the roles and uses of health information technology in healthcare and the tools and techniques used to identify, analyze, and communicate healthcare data.

Application Requirements for Graduate Students

Master’s Application Checklist

  • Online application
  • $50 non-refundable fee
  • Official university transcripts and proof of bachelor’s degree completion. An explanation of your university grading system must also be provided along with your transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation from your professors or employers
  • A Statement of Purpose is required. A résumé is highly recommended
  • Certain majors require GRE and/or GMAT test scores. GRE School Code: 3663; GMAT school code: P1X-DS-94.

International Students

  • Online application
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Transcripts (in English) from all colleges or universities attended. Transcripts must be submitted in sealed envelopes and mailed directly to the admissions office. If official documents are unavailable, unofficial documents can be uploaded through the online application system for the initial review only. However, all official documents must be received before the start of classes for the admitted semester.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • A Statement of Purpose
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • TOEFL of 75, or IELTS of 6.0, or PTE of 50, or completion of the University of New Haven’s Academic English Preparatory Program. Certain majors may require higher English test scores
  • Certain majors require GRE and/or GMAT test scores. GRE School Code: 3663; GMAT school code: P1X-DS-94
  • Indian applicants must submit detailed semester-by-semester mark sheets/academic transcripts. CONSOLIDATED mark sheets alone are not acceptable
  • The University of New Haven only accepts 3-year bachelor degrees from India if they have an "A", "A+" or a "Five Star" rating by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Students must have also graduated in the 1st or 2nd division. A proof of the university or college NAAC rating must be provided along with the applicant's transcripts. This applies to the following 3-year-bachelor degrees: the B.Com 3-year degree, the B.Sc 3-year degree, and the B.B.A. 3-year degree. Indian applicants with 3-year degrees may submit an additional year of a Master's degree or a one year Post Graduate Diploma from a recognized university in order to be considered for admissions
Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

Founded on the Yale campus in 1920, the University of New Haven is a private, coeducational university situated on the coast of southern New England. It’s a diverse and vibrant community of 7,000 stud ... Read More

Founded on the Yale campus in 1920, the University of New Haven is a private, coeducational university situated on the coast of southern New England. It’s a diverse and vibrant community of 7,000 students, with campuses across the country and around the world. Read less