New Master of Public Health Program

New Master of Public Health Program

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I am happy to announce that our new Department of Public Health, located in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, is in place and ready to accept Master of Public Health (MPH) students for the fall 2014 semester! We are very excited to start his new program, which will train professionals that will be pivotal in improving the health of our city, region, and nation.

Public health is an interdisciplinary field that takes a population approach to health and wellness.  The focus of public health is the prevention of disease and making sure that everything is in place for populations to be healthy, including assessment of the problems that exist, assurance of conditions that improve health, and the development of public and private sector policies that will encourage and support healthy living.

Our MPH program will start with three majors: Epidemiology, which is the study of how often diseases occur in specific groups of people and why; Social and Behavioral Sciences, which is the study of how people and communities act and how we can help change their behavior; and a general MPH for people who want to tailor the degree to their current job or interests. As we grow, we will offer majors in the other three disciplines of public health, which are management and policy, environmental and occupational health, and biostatistics.   In the future, we will be adding dual degree programs with medicine (MD/MPH), nursing (MSN/MPH), law (JD/MPH), and possibly architecture and public administration.

Training in public health can lead to many exciting career choices.  Public health professionals work in government agencies, healthcare facilities, research centers, not-for-profit and for-profit institutions, worksites and schools.  Many have other careers (Medicine, Nursing, Education, Law) and find that the population health perspective gives them better preparation for their job.

I hope you will help us spread the word about our new program in public health.  If you are interested in the MPH degree, please contact Dr. Theresa Byrd ( or Ms. Beverly Bowen ( for more information.


Tedd Mitchell, M.D.