Public Health

Program Director

Professor David Gregorio

Program Coordinator

Morgan Spencer

Interdisciplinary Program Coordinator

Assistant Professor Jane Ungemack

Professors

Aseltine, Babor, Britner, Bruder, Chapman, Cherniak, Duffy, Erickson, Faghri, Fortinsky, Grady, Gregorio, Harkness, Hesselbrock, Pescatello, Rodriguez, Santerre, Schensul, Schmeiser, Silbart, Singer, Snyder, Stevens, Tennen, Thrall, Willig

Associate Professor

Burleson, Henning, Kurz, Lazzarini, Robison, Shelton, Van Hoof, Wetstone

Assistant Professors

Arteaga, Barry, Brown, Cavallari, Coperhaver, Huedo-Medina, Kuo, Lynch, Salazar, Swede, Tikoo, Ungemack, Wu

The Master of Public Health (MPH)

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a professional degree program, accredited by the national Council on Education for Public Health, for individuals seeking training and experience in inter-professional public health practice. The program faculty represents the population-based health sciences. MPH candidates must earn a total of 48 credits distributed among core, elective, and capstone activities. The core curriculum (24 credits) consists of the basic public health disciplines: health administration, environmental health, social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology and biostatistics, along with courses on public health law, research methods and the Practicum (a service learning activity). Elective course offerings (15-21 credits) emphasizing applied public health practice provide students with the understanding, knowledge, experience, skills and values necessary to function successfully as a public health practitioner. A capstone requirement may be met through a research thesis (9 credits) or an applied practice project or essay (3 credits).

For admission, applicants must demonstrate a strong academic record, background and/or experience relevant to public health, well-articulated career goals relevant to public health, and a commitment to the health of the community. A complete application includes official transcripts, a personal letter of application, and three letters of recommendation (preferably at least one academic letter). Submission of GRE (or MCAT, LSAT, DMAT, or GMAT) scores is highly encouraged. Information is available from: Program Director, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT 06030-6325, email: publichealth@uchc.edu, Web address: http://www.commed.uchc.edu/ed/mph/

An interdisciplinary MPH option is available for students who are concurrently pursuing a degree in Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Law or Social Work. Interdisciplinary MPH candidates would be eligible for advanced standing of 3-12 credits based on the appropriateness of curriculum completed in their related degree program. Individuals considering the interdisciplinary degree option are encouraged to contact Dr. Jane Ungemack, Interdisciplinary Program Coordinator.

Please contact Barbara Case at 860-679-1503 or bcase@uchc.edu to learn about how to apply and for other program information.

For additional information please see our website at: http://www.commed.uchc.edu/education/mph/index.html.

Graduate Certificate in Foundations of Public Health (CFPH)

The Certificate in Foundations of Public Health (CFPH) is a four-course, 12-credit option that introduces students to the core disciplines of public health. Certificate candidates will compete required courses in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (PUBH 5408 and PUBH 5409) along with two selectives from of Health Systems Administration (PUBH 5403), Environmental Health (PUBH 5404), Social Science (PUBH 5405) or Public Health Law (PUBH 5406). Graduate and professional students in medicine, dental medicine, law, nursing, social work, pharmacy, business, and the social sciences seeking to augment their perspective with in-depth understanding of issues and opportunities in population health are invited to apply. Junior and mid-career public health practitioners, as well as persons considering a career in public health also are encouraged to consider our certificate program. Please contact Barbara Case at 860-679-1503 or bcase@uchc.edu to learn about how to apply and for other certificate information.

Public Health Certificate in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies (PHCIDS)

The Public Health Certificate in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies (PHCIDS) is a 12-credit, part-time, online graduate certificate at the University of Connecticut.  The online PHCIDS program examines the multiple aspects of public health, health care, society, culture, politics, economics, history, legislation, education and social attitudes that impact people living with disabilities. Please contact publichealth@uchc.edu or 860-679-1510 for additional information.

The PhD in Public Health (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Public Health is a full-time degree program to prepare future public health leaders with the skills needed in a wide variety of settings to meet the health challenges of the 21st century. The PhD will prepare individuals for positions as faculty researchers at academic institutions, federal and state health departments, research institutes, private sector business and industry, and national and international organizations.  PhD candidates must earn a total of 60 credits distributed among required, elective, and dissertation-related activities. The required curriculum (27 credits) consists of doctoral research seminars along with intermediated/advanced course requirements in epidemiology, biostatistics and topics of disease control.  Nine ‘selective’ credits pertaining to population research methods are also required of all PhD candidates. Options for focused work in public health are many, although the Ph.D. offered at UConn is particularly strong in three areas.

  • The Social and Behavioral Health Sciences (SBHS) area explores social and behavioral influences on individual and community health, focusing on empirical and applied research methods to identify and measure health problems and to design and evaluate interventions for improving health outcomes.
  • The Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences (OEHS) area of focus offers students grounding in theory and methodology as well as specialized instruction that builds knowledge of the broad range of occupational and environmental exposures and their influences on health, illness and injury, and interventions to improve these outcomes.
  • The Chronic Disease Epidemiology area of focus on cancer, molecular epidemiology, genetic epidemiology and psychiatric epidemiology.

Applicants to the doctoral degree must demonstrate commitment to public health through evidence of success in education, professional and voluntary activities.  Our most competitive applicants have completed a rigorous baccalaureate and graduate degree in a relevant field of study.  Candidates typically have completed at least three of the five core disciplines of public health (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Behavioral Sciences, Occupational/Environmental Health, and Health Services Administration) with grades of B or better prior to admission. Exceptional candidates who do not meet this criterion will be considered for admission with the expectation that 3-5 core discipline courses will be completed for non-degree credit in addition to other credit requirements of the doctoral degree (i.e., credits earned for these pre-requisites will not count against the program credit total).  A doctoral student fulfills the special demands of the program by devoting a continuous period of time (a minimum of two consecutive semesters of full-time study) to concentrated study and research.

It is possible, although highly unusual, for a student with an exemplary undergraduate background plus exceptional public health experience to earn admission into a combined MPH-PhD trajectory of study.  Such individuals who complete both MPH and PhD course requirements at the University of Connecticut will be considered for advanced standing credit reductions appropriate to their academic interests and abilities.

Please contact Barbara Case at 860-679-1503 or bcase@uchc.edu to learn about how to apply and for other program information.

For additional information please see our website at: http://www.commed.uchc.edu/education/phd/index.html.

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