About the Program for Public Health
Our Master of Public Health (MPH) has a Community Health Concentration, and is offered through the College of Health Sciences. The MPH degree extends clinical health orientation by incorporating broader knowledge and action related to preventing disease and disability and improving individual and population-level outcomes. Public health is centered in achieving health equity and reducing disparities, including understanding and addressing the social and community context of disease, illness, disability and recovery, as well as health promotion and health research. Our MPH trains students to work effectively as public health professionals in local and global communities through a wide variety of health-related organizations.
Highlights of our program curricula includes the following:
- Program planning and evaluation
- Healthcare and broader public health policy
- Epidemiology, research methods, and biostatistics
- Public health communication for the community
- Capstone projects that integrate practice and research
- Internships that give students first-hand experience in public health settings
- Domestic and international service projects and internship opportunities
- Interprofessional education experiences
- Four dual-degree programs: Physician Assistant; International Peace and Conflict Resolution; Physical Therapy; and Counseling.
The MPH program educates future community public health professionals to promote the health of individuals, families, communities, and the environment. This is accomplished through a program that integrates education, research and practice in a globally-minded environment. Our goal is that our students::
- Understand community public health and develop the skills needed to succeed in a public health career.
- Are engaged in an academic, applied environment that integrates community public health education with research and practice.
- Recognize the connection between health status and human rights and act to improve outcomes.
- Translate knowledge into practice through collaborative service projects and internships, both domestically and internationally with community-based organizations, health facilities, government organizations, 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.
Our program allows for broad interests in public health but we also encourage students to focus their coursework on a specific area of interest, choose an Internship experience that emphasizes their individualized interests, 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 area of interest.
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 to blend and build an interdisciplinary career.
Arcadia University’s MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Students are eligible to sit for the National Credentialing Exam in Public Health (CPH) after completing 21 credits in the MPH program or after they complete the degree and the National Certification for Health Education Specialists (CHES) exam administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.
- PBH 501 Achieving Health Equity: From Individuals to Systems
- PBH 510 Health Care Systems and Public Health Policy: An Integrated Approach to Population Health
- PBH 560 Environmental Health: Impact of Community Health
- PBH 565 Effective Communication Strategies for Public Health Impact
- PBH 600 Introduction to Epidemiology
- PBH 620 Introduction to Biostatistics
- PBH 640 Research Methods and Design for Health Professionals
- PBH 689.1 Public Health Internship Planning
- PBH 689.2 Public Health Internship
- PBH 695 Capstone Research Project Seminar I
- PBH 696 Capstone Research Project Seminar II
Required Community Health Concentration Courses
- PBH 530 History, Theories and Core Functions of Public Health
- PBH 630 Program Planning and Evaluation
- PBH 645 Developing Leadership and Practice Skills for Program Evaluation
Note: Offerings vary per year.
- PBH 573 Human Sexuality
- PBH 582 International Health and Human Rights
- PBH 583 Contemporary Health Topics
- PBH 587 Global Health Communications