There is a range of available options for those pursuing a graduate degree in Public Health, depending on the career path you want to pursue. A general Master of Public Health (MPH) prepares you for a wide range of careers in public health and curriculum covers areas of study including: policy advocacy, health education, institution administration, treatment delivery and disease prevention to name a few.
Does My Bachelors Degree Have to Be in Public Health to Pursue a Master of Public Health degree?
Although all Master of Public Health (MPH) programs require a bachelor’s degree to apply, there are no universal coursework requirements to enter these programs. Students can have degrees from a variety of areas including medicine, social sciences, law and the humanities. To focus their studies in public health students can elect a specific area of specialization some of which include:
- Epidemiology is the study of how health affects large populations of people and how to reduce problems associated with public health crises
- Biostatistics specializations provide more specific training in quantitative methods to use and adapt statistical procedures in designing and analyzing research
- Environmental Health Science specializations prepare students with the knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment and human health
- Social and Behavioral Sciences include a study of the social, behavioral, community, and societies influences on health in the general population
- Disaster Management & Emergency Preparedness coursework allows the skills in designing and executing plans of action in the event of natural or man-made disasters
- Maternal & Child Health programs provide the skills for improving the health of youth and families
- Nutrition specializations provides additional training for those interested in careers with public health, but oriented towards health promotion, disease prevention, and nutrition interventions
What Are The Options for a Dual Degree in Public Health?
Some students may find that a generalized MPH degree doesn’t meet their precise needs. If that is the case there are a number of joint MPH degrees to better tailor their educational needs, some which include:
- MPH/MD dual degrees allow future physicians to expand their clinical research and practices to address the health and epidemiology in community or global populations
- MPH/MBA programs use a combined curriculum in managerial, policy-making and financial aspects of healthcare organizations
- MPH/PHARM provide the opportunity to become Pharmacists with a background in public health
- MPH/MSN programs allow nurses with advanced degrees to gain knowledge in public health in order to administer treatments and research health topics affecting groups of people
- MPH/JD for those future attorneys who want to gain experience in health law and public policy to effect legislative change for hospitals, patients, and communities
- MPH/MSW to pursue a career in social work with public health expertise to work in communities addressing social issues and health hazards to identify and implement preventative measures
- MPH/DPT for Physical therapy physicians who are skilled in addressing rehabilitation to diverse populations with a range of injuries and disabilities
- MPH/MA students pursuing a Masters of Arts to aid in public health research efforts and projects
The right MPH program can prepare students to become clinicians, health educators, epidemiologists, family therapists or counselors.