Master of Public Health, Concentration in Community Health Education
Coordinator: Dr. Amanda Birnbaum
Office: University Hall, Room 4175
Phone Number: (973) 655-7115
The mission of the Master of Public Health program, with a concentration in Community Health Education, is to prepare culturally and professionally competent leaders in community health education by providing an interdisciplinary academic and experiential program with a focus on social justice. Through this program, students will master public health knowledge and skills while developing professional values and dispositions. Graduates of the program will be prepared for careers as public health leaders in local and state health departments, public and private health agencies, voluntary organizations focused on specific health issues (e.g. cancer or heart health), schools, health care settings, community based organizations, policy and advocacy organizations, and other settings in which health monitoring and health education initiatives are implemented.
The core of the proposed program comprises the five core disciplines of public health: biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences Community Health Education is a concentration that aims to prepare public health professionals to protect and enhance the health and well-being of populations through health promotion and disease prevention initiatives. Communities may be large or small geographic areas, institutions such as schools or workplaces, groups affiliated by common characteristics (race or ethnicity, religious practices, sexual behaviors, common experiences, etc.), or other groups of people.
The Master of Public Health program has the following objectives:
- To prepare public health practitioners with strong skills in performing community health need assessments
- To prepare public health practitioners with strong skills in planning, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining community health education initiatives.
- To prepare public health practitioners who are committed to social justice and the elimination of health disparities and who actively and continually examine their discipline using critical thinking.
- To collaborate with field-based professionals - based on parity, trust, and mutual interests - to improve the public's health and advance the standing of the profession.
Master of Public Health Brochure