Public Health

The Department of Community Medicine and Health Care at UConn Health offers the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The M.P.H. focuses on Interprofessional Public Health Practice; the Ph.D. degree focuses on the Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health.  The M.P.H. degree integrates coursework on foundational topics in public health and experiential requirements that demonstrate competency as a public health practitioner with elective options on substantive areas of study (e.g., epidemiology, behavioral science, health systems administration, etc.). It is oriented to students seeking practice-based careers in governmental service, non-governmental agencies, and health care organizations.

Requirements: The M.P.H. and Ph.D. degree requirements conform to all the Graduate School requirements, as well as standards specified by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit public health schools and programs.

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

The M.P.H. degree requires completion of 48 graduate credits comprised of 24 required credits on foundational topics in Public Health, a three credit practicum, and 12-18 credits for elective course content. Specific electives are determined by the student’s advisory committee.  An Integrative Learning Experience is required of all students, consisting of either a three credit capstone project or a nine credit academic thesis. A student must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in required courses with no grade below a “B-.”

Required courses: PUBH 5403, 5404, 5405, 5406, 5407, 5408, 5409, 5431.

Substantive Area of Focus. Students are required to complete six to eight courses reflecting a substantive concentration in a public health subject area (e.g., Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Administration and Policy, Environmental/Occupational Health, Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, etc.). Elective coursework must be selected in consultation with program advisors.

Doctorate in Public Health (Ph.D.)

This program rigorously prepares public health professionals, scholars, and research scientists needed in a wide variety of settings to meet the health challenges of the 21st century. The degree reinforces foundational principles of public health with theoretical underpinnings and methodological techniques of population health research. The Ph.D. degree requires completion of 60 credits beyond the Master’s degree, consisting of 45 (15 courses) in coursework and 15 credits of Doctoral Dissertation Research. The Ph.D. in Public Health does not have a related area or foreign language requirement. Options for focused work in Public Health are many, although the areas of research listed below are emphasized.

Social and Behavioral Health Sciences. Explores interpersonal and institutional influences on individual and community health, with attention to design and evaluate of interventions for improving health outcomes.

Occupational Health Sciences. Offers students grounding in theory and methodology as well as specialized instruction that builds knowledge of the broad range of occupational exposures and their influences on health, illness and injury, and interventions to improve these outcomes.

Chronic Disease Epidemiology. Develops expertise in cancer epidemiology and prognosis, public health genetics, and psychiatric epidemiology. A student must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in foundational knowledge courses with no grade below a “B-.”

Foundational Knowledge: PUBH 5406 or 5461; 5434 or an advanced statistical elective; 5497 when taken as Intermediate Epidemiology or an advanced epidemiology elective; 5497 when taken as Chronic Disease Control and Prevention; and 6490 (three one-credit seminars: Introduction to the Research Process, Introduction to Public Health Practice, and Mentored Public Health Teaching).

Population Research Methods: PUBH 5435, 5437, 5497 as Principles of Risk Communication, and PP 5379, totaling 12 credits.

Biostatistics Electives. With permission of advisory committee.

Epidemiology Electives. With permission of advisory committee.

Doctoral Dissertation Research: 15 credits of GRAD 6950 or 6960.

The programs are offered by UConn Health.