Master of Public Health (MPH)

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  • Sunday, February 25, 2018
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  • Thursday, January 31, 2019

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Application Deadline for Fall 2018:

  • March 15, 2018

Master of Public Health

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Coordinator: Dr. Lisa Lieberman
Office: University Hall, Room 4203
Phone Number: (973) 655-5179


  • 42 credits, including:
    • courses in the five core disciplines of public health
    • required courses in one of the following areas of concentration:
      • community health education
      • health systems administration and policy
    • elective
    • internship
    • culminating seminar
  • Practiced-oriented
  • Population health-focused
  • Commitment to social justice and reduction of health disparities


The mission of the Master of Public Health with concentration in Community Health Education program is to prepare culturally competent professionals in public health, with a strong focus on social justice, consistent with the missions of the University, College, and the Graduate School.  This interdisciplinary academic and experiential program trains public health practitioners with professional skills for planning, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining efforts to enhance population health and eliminate health disparities.  The program seeks to advance the goals of Healthy People 2020 and the National Prevention Strategy; and to contribute to a diverse public health workforce by developing and nurturing a student body that represents multiple cultural, educational and professional backgrounds.

Program Competencies

Core Competencies:

By the time they graduate, MPH students will be able to:

PH1: Describe the applications of social and behavioral sciences in public health research and practice

PH2: Describe the role of social, behavioral, and policy interventions in advancing the public’s health

PH3: Demonstrate a commitment to social justice and the elimination of health disparities through the development or application of policies and programs to advance this agenda

PH4: Demonstrate an understanding of the main components – including the legal, ethical, and historical underpinnings – of the organization, financing, and delivery of public health

PH5: Apply descriptive and inferential techniques commonly used to summarize public health data

PH6: Interpret and evaluate the findings of public health studies and be able to communicate their implications to lay and professional audiences

PH7: Describe the direct and indirect human, ecological and safety effects of major environmental and occupational agents

PH8: Work collaboratively with diverse communities and constituencies, while demonstrating high levels of personal and professional ethics and cultural competency

PH9: Describe the applications of social and behavioral sciences in public health research and practice

Concentration Competencies:

By the time they graduate, MPH students in a concentration in Community Health Education will be able to:

CHE1: Plan and perform community health needs assessments

CHE2: Plan effective community health interventions, drawing upon established theories and empirical evidence

CHE3: Implement community health interventions

CHE4: Evaluate community health interventions, utilizing appropriate research design and methodology

CHE5: Identify strategies for developing partnerships, community organizing and coalition building to create and sustain public health interventions

CHE6: Integrate ethical considerations and social justice values in community health education practice

CHE7: Utilize current research findings in community health education practice

CHE8: Develop and adapt culturally appropriate approaches to community health education and health promotion

CHE9: Use a variety of effective educational strategies, methods, and techniques to develop and deliver health messages to diverse audiences

CHE10: Engage in advocacy efforts to improve community health education policies and programs

CHE11: Identify opportunities for professional development, participation and learning in community health education

CHE12: Identify valid, reliable, and up-to-date resources for specific topical areas in public health

By the time they graduate, MPH students with a concentration in Health Systems Administration and Policy will be able to:

HSAP1: Apply the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives

HSAP2: Apply “systems thinking” for resolving organizational problems

HSAP3: Demonstrate leadership skills for building partnerships, negotiation, and conflict management

HSAP4: Identify unintended consequences produced by changes made to a public health system

HSAP5: Explain how the contexts of gender, race, poverty, history, migration, and culture are important in the design of interventions within public health systems

HSAP6: Analyze inter-relationships among systems that influence the quality of life of people in their communities

HSAP7: Analyze the effects of political, social, and economic policies on public health systems at the local, state, national and international levels

HSAP8: Assess strengths and weaknesses of applying the systems approach to public health problems

HSAP9: Prepare a program budget with justification

HSAP10: Apply basic economic principles to health care delivery and public health systems