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The MPH degree with an emphasis in Public Health Practice and Leadership (PHPL) is focused on examining social and political systems that influence the health status of populations and then learning how to influence and/or design, implement, and manage broad, system-level instruments to improve population health outcomes. These instruments might include programs in public health agencies, not-for-profit organizations, or healthcare provider settings, or policies at the local, state, national, or international governmental levels.
The MPH emphasis in PHPL has a dual emphasis on acquiring both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Thus, this degree is ideal for recent graduates or early- and mid-career public health professionals seeking to develop or advance their careers in a variety of health care settings. Additionally, the professional practice component of the program has been designed to place students in public health settings and apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills to address real-world problems.
Upon completion of the MPH degree with an emphasis in PHPL, students will be prepared to continue developing their careers as leaders, managers, public health professionals, policy analysts, program evaluators, advocates, or health program managers in a variety of public health, government, health care, or other professional settings. In addition, our students will be prepared to continue their graduate education at the doctoral level.
In addition to the standard MPH Foundational Competencies required of all MPH students, our emphasis in Public Health Practice and Leadership also prepares students to meet 5 competencies specific to the emphasis. These include:
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Please Note: There are both SOPHAS and WVU application fees.
For the SOPHAS application, applicants must submit:
Learn more about faculty in the Master of Public Health program.
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WVU provides a comprehensive approach to helping you finance your education. Learn more by visiting the Student Financial Services website. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.
Master of Public Health – Health Practice and Leadership total degree cost: $38,148 – Residents and Non-Residents
Tuition and fees are usually not the only educational expenses you may have while pursuing a degree. You may have other costs such as books, supplies and living expenses. Please see the Estimate Costs and Aid webpage for how to estimate and plan for other potential expenses.
A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
Students must earn a minimum grade of "C-" in all PUBH and emphasis coursework.
|PUBH 610||Contemporary Foundations of Public Health Practice||2|
|PUBH 611||Epidemiology for Public Health Practice||2|
|PUBH 612||Research Translation and Evaluation in Public Health Practice||4|
|PUBH 613||Public Health Program Evaluation||3|
|PUBH 620||Building and Sustaining Public Health Capacity||2|
|PUBH 621||Public Health Prevention and Intervention||3|
|PUBH 629||MPH Capstone||1|
|PUBH 630||MPH Field Practicum||3|
|PUBH 640||Health Systems Leadership||3|
|PUBH 641||Systems Thinking in Public Health Practice||2|
|PUBH 696||Graduate Seminar||1|
|General Elective (Approved Elective Courses available from MPH Director and/or MPH Advisor)||Fraud: Criminology/Legal Issues||3|
Required Area of Emphasis (15)
|Area of Emphasis||Credit Hours|
|Public Health Practice and Leadership||15|
Total Hours: 44
MPH graduates can look forward to a wide range of career opportunities in a growing field that is essential to the well-being of individuals and communities. With their skills and knowledge, they can play an important role in improving health outcomes and addressing some of the most pressing public health challenges of our time.
Some of the emerging areas of public health that MPH graduates may find particularly promising include global health, health equity and social justice, digital health, and environmental health. As society becomes more aware of the importance of public health, the demand for qualified professionals in these areas is likely to increase.
The future for Master of Public Health (MPH) graduates is quite promising as public health has become an increasingly important field in recent years. MPH graduates can expect to find employment opportunities in a variety of settings, including government agencies, non-profit organizations, research institutions, and healthcare systems.
The MPH degree will take 2-3 years to complete, depending on course load.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 28 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of epidemiologists is projected to grow 26 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. Overall employment of mathematicians and statisticians is projected to grow 31 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. Many occupations that would fit this degree are in high growth expectancy.
Master of Public Health (MPH) graduates can find employment opportunities in a variety of settings, depending on their interests and specialization. Some of the jobs for MPH graduates include:
Epidemiologist: An epidemiologist studies the causes and patterns of disease in populations. They design and conduct studies, collect and analyze data, and communicate findings to policymakers and the public.
Health Educator: Health educators develop and implement programs that promote healthy behaviors and prevent disease. They work in a variety of settings, including schools, community organizations, and healthcare facilities.
Public Health Consultant: Public health consultants work with organizations and agencies to develop and implement public health policies and programs. They may provide guidance on disease prevention, health promotion, or emergency preparedness.
Biostatistician: Biostatisticians use statistical methods to analyze public health data and help researchers and policymakers understand health trends and patterns. They work in a variety of settings, including academic institutions, government agencies, and healthcare organizations.
Health Policy Analyst: Health policy analysts’ study and analyze health policies and programs to assess their effectiveness and make recommendations for improvement. They may work in government agencies, advocacy organizations, or consulting firms.
Environmental Health Specialist: Environmental health specialists investigate and evaluate environmental factors that can impact human health, such as air and water quality, food safety, and hazardous waste. They may work in government agencies, consulting firms, or non-profit organizations.
Global Health Specialist: Global health specialists work to address health issues and diseases that affect populations around the world. They may work for international organizations, government agencies, or non-profit organizations.