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M.P.H. Program

Why Choose UConn?

You can join students, alumni and faculty who are at work shaping our public health system and services. When thinking about public health around Connecticut, itís hard to exaggerate our programís influence. Our alumni and faculty are found in various positions across the university and throughout the state. M.P.H. program alumni hold positions as:

  • health directors and staff in state,  local, and federal health departments
  • managers of community health, social service, and nonprofit organizations
  • managers and scientists of pharmaceutical firms, health insurance companies, and hospital systems
  • educators and researchers
  • community-based physicians
  •  public policy advocates
Challenge Yourself

Here at UConn youíll find a curriculum that challenges you to consider your role in shaping health services and the environment to benefit health and well being. An experienced, engaging faculty will provide you with ample opportunity to pursue scholarship and service learning activities where youíll acquire skills needed for leadership in the public health field.

The UConn Master of Public Health Program has offered a CEPH-accredited degree since 1984. The Master of Public Health is a professional degree program for individuals seeking training and experience in applied public health practice. Its mission is to prepare public health professionals to achieve high standards of leadership through exemplary scholarship in teaching, application, discovery and integration of public health knowledge in order to benefit the well being of Connecticut residents and others through organized, comprehensive, effective and just action.

Why pursue a career in public health?
(From http://www.whatispublichealth.org)

  • Public health is an exciting and growing field of study. The field challenges its professionals to confront complex health issues, such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse, and injury.
  • Public health is a diverse and dynamic field. Public health professionals come from varying educational backgrounds and can specialize in an array of fields. A host of specialists, including teachers, journalists, researchers, administrators, environmentalists, demographers, social workers, laboratory scientists, and attorneys, work to protect the health of the public.
  • Public health is a field geared toward serving others. Public health professionals serve local, national, and international communities. They are leaders who meet the many exciting challenges in protecting the public's health today and in the future.
  • Public health is a rewarding field. The field of public health offers great personal fulfillment - working towards improving people's health and well being is a rewarding day's work.

Who should consider a degree in public health?
(From http://www.whatispublichealth.org)

Public health is a field that offers an array of job opportunities to suit many interests and skills. Whether you are interested in crunching numbers, conducting research, or working with people, there is a place for you in the field of public health. Both recent college graduates and those that have been in the field for years have something to offer and gain in this field. Public health is ideal for those that achieve satisfaction knowing that they are working to improve the lives of others.