A concentration in Community Health, preparing you for community public health professions
Capstone projects that integrate practice and research
Internships that provide you with firsthand experience working in public health settings
Domestic and international service projects and internships
Option to incorporate more of an international focus in the degree with specific course selections and an international or global focus for the internship and Capstone project
What to Expect
The Master of Public Health degree provides training in the discipline of public health, which focuses on the health needs of communities and populations domestically and internationally. The core curriculum includes the five core areas of public health (epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, environmental health, and health care administration) and offers courses, an internship and Capstone project that prepare graduates to enter the field of Public Health as program planners, researchers, evaluators, and educators. The focus of the degree affords the student the opportunity to develop a general skill set that enables him or her to work in a variety of settings.
Arcadia's program trains students as public health professionals with an emphasis on community health. Each student is encouraged to focus coursework on a specific area of interest to him or her, choose an internship experience that emphasizes the interest area, and plan a Capstone project focused in the same area. In this way, each student can develop a specialized knowledge base about public health issues related to his or her specific areas of interest.
The Master of Public Health degree educates community public health professionals to promote the health of individuals, families, communities, and the environment through a program that integrates education, research and practice in a global environment. We aim to:
Educate community public health professionals and develop the skills needed to promote health within communities.
Provide an academic environment that integrates community public health education with research and practice.
Enhance the understanding of the connection between health status and human rights.
Translate knowledge into practice through collaborative service projects both domestically and internationally. This can be accomplished through internships and clinical rotations with community-based organizations, clinics, and local health departments.
Employ scientific investigation to advance public health knowledge of the relationship between health and the structural environment within which individuals live and work.
Arcadia University’s M.P.H. program is an accredited public health program. Accreditation was granted by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in June 2013. View CEPH Report.
Upon completion of these degrees, all students are eligible to sit for the National Credentialing Exam in Public Health (CPH).
Public Health Core
Assessment and Analytical Skills
Demonstrates the ability to:
Assess the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness
Describe the characteristics of a population based health problem
Reference public health data sources and identify gaps in information
Make community-based inferences using qualitative and quantitative data
Collect, store, retrieve and analyze qualitative and quantitative data
Synthesize demographic, statistical, programmatic and scientific information
Communicates public health information effectively to multiple audiences.
Presents (orally and in writing) qualitative and quantitative data to address scientific, political, ethical and social public health issues.
Cultural Competency Skills
Compares across countries cultural and social paradigms underlying public health initiatives.
Leadership and Management Skills
Uses individual and team learning opportunities for personal and professional development.
Public Health Sciences Skills
Identifies the core contributions of the basic public health sciences (including biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health services administration, and social and behavioral health sciences).
Describes the scientific evidence related to public health issues through information retrieval from a variety of text and electronic sources and discusses the limitations of research findings.
Describes the laws, regulations, policies, and procedures for the ethical conduct of research.
Community Health Concentration Competencies
Program Planning and Policy Development Skills
Uses a global perspective to critique public health programs, research, policies, and health care systems.
Contributes to collaborative program planning and evaluation processes, including implementing, monitoring, and evaluating public health programs.
Cultural Competency Skills
Describes cultural and linguistic characteristics and literacy levels of populations to be served.
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
Systematically maps stakeholders who constitute the community linkages and relationships essential to involve in public health initiatives.
Identifies community assets including governmental and non-governmental resources in the delivery of public health services.
Leadership and Management Skills
Prepares a programmatic budget.
Describes the organizational structure and policies of a public health agency.
Adheres to an organization’s policies and procedures.
Identifies strategies to address the public health needs of a defined population.
Degree Requirements for the MPH in Community Health
Required Core Courses (27 credits)
PBH 501 Social Determinants of Health and Disease (3 credits)
PBH 510 Health Care Systems (3 credits)
PBH 560 Issues in Community and Environmental Health (3 credits)
PBH 600 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 credits)
PBH 620 Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits)
PBH 640 Research Methods and Design for Health Professionals (3 credits)
PBH 689 Community Health Internship (3 credits)
PBH 695 Public Health Capstone Research Project Seminar I (3 credits)
PBH 696 Public Health Capstone Research Project Seminar II (3 credits)
Required Community Health Concentration Courses (9 credits)
PBH 530 Theories and Principles of Health Behavior and Health Promotion (3 credits)
PBH 630 Program Planning and Evaluation for Health Professionals (3 credits)
PBH 645 Evaluation of Public Health Programs: Case Studies (3 credits)
Electives (6 credits)
PBH 500 The History and Practice of Public Health (1 credit)
PBH 572 Concepts of Mental Health and Mental Illness (3 credits)
PBH 573 Human Sexuality (3 credits)
PBH 575 Family in Contemporary Society (3 credits)
PBH 576 Drug Use and Abuse (3 credits)
PBH 578 Stress Use and Abuse (3 credits)
PBH 581 Nutrition Concepts and Controversies (3 credits)
PBH 582 International Health and Human Rights (3 credits)
PBH 583 Contemporary Health Topics (3 credits)
Violence and Injury Prevention
Death and Dying
LGBT Health Issues
PBH 584 Successful Grant Writing (3 credits)
PBH 585 Health Policy, Law and Ethics (3 credits)
PBH 587 Global Health Communications (3 credits) (Pending approval)
Selected Interdepartmental (ID) courses focused on Public Health Domestically & Internationally
Applications to the M.P.H. program are reviewed on a rolling basis. Students may apply for admission to the program beginning in Fall, Spring, or Summer. Applications must be complete before they are reviewed for admission to the program.
The following program-specific requirements must be met:
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better in the major course of study.
One official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official.
Three letters of recommendation, at least one from a professor (if a recent graduate) and one from a health professional.
Test scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) taken within the last five years. Test scores are not required for students with an earned graduate degree in a related field per the department's review and approval.
Knowledge of the profession through work or volunteer experience.
International applicants should visit www.arcadia.edu/international for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. TOEFL/IELTS results are required for all students for whom English is a second language or who have not earned degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States also is required.
(Dual degree program expenses are listed under the specific programs.)
Tuition for 2015-16: $720/credit
Deferred Payment: $40
Parking: $40/semester (fall and spring) before 4 p.m. No charge after 4 p.m.
Dual Degree Programs
Our dual-degree programs train health professionals in the core areas of community-based public health. The application of the public health skill set added to the skills learned within the clinical and behavioral primary degree instills a public health perspective into the classes taken in their primary areas of study.
We offer the following Master of Public Health dual degree programs:
Community and Global Public Health faculty are actively engaged in collaborative projects, research and service to the public health community. Their endeavors provide students with the opportunity to participate in ongoing projects with community-based organizations and state and local government agencies. Some faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for work in their respective fields of expertise, while some are directors of local organizations addressing the public health needs of their communities. Many have been honored with service, teaching and research awards.