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Master of Public Health (MPH)

Deadlines for Fall 2024 MPH start

Early Application Deadline: December 15th, 2023
Complete your application by the December 15th deadline and receive an early decision by January 29th, 2024

Final Deadline: March 15th, 2024
Decision by late April

Although the deadline has passed, we are still accepting applications on a space-available basis.

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  • 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
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Learn more about our program:

Coordinator: Dr. Lisa Lieberman
Office: University Hall, Room 4203
Phone Number: 973-655-4154
Email: mph@montclair.edu


The mission of the Master of Public Health program 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.

The Community Health Education concentration aims to prepare public health professionals to protect and enhance the health and well-being of populations through health promotion and disease prevention initiatives.

The Health Systems Administration and Policy concentration aims to prepare public health professionals with strategic skills for the management and administration of hospitals and healthcare systems with a focus on prevention and in service of social justice and health equity.

MPH Foundational Competencies

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

Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health

  • Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice.
  • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context.
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate.
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice.

Public Health & Health Care Systems

  • Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings.
  • Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels.

Planning & Management to Promote Health

  • Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health.
  • Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs.
  • Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention.
  • Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management.
  • Select methods to evaluate public health programs.

Policy in Public Health

  • Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence.
  • Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes.
  • Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations.
  • Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity.


  • Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making.
  • Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges.


  • Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors.
  • Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation.
  • Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content.

Interprofessional Practice

  • Perform effectively on interprofessional teams.

Systems Thinking

  • Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue.

MPH Concentration Competencies

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

Community Health Education Competencies

  • CHE1. Develop data collection tools to inform program plans that address a community health need.
  • CHE2. Implement data collection tools to inform program plans that address a community health needs.
  • CHE3. Analyze the opportunity for promoting health in all policies, programs, and systems.
  • CHE4. Evaluate factors that enhance or impede the process of health education/promotion.
  • CHE5 Demonstrate effective health education skills that are grounded in current best practices, using appropriate methods and technologies.
  • CHE6. Develop a strategy or strategies to promote health equity and reduce health disparities.

Health Systems Administration & Policy Competencies

  • HSAP1. Manage human, informational, and financial resources.
  • HSAP2. Apply strategies of market analysis and planning to organizational and community initiatives.
  • HSAP3. Synthesize the research literature, assessing strengths and weaknesses of published findings, to evaluate evidence-informed policymaking.
  • HSAP4. Apply basic economic and other social science principles to health care delivery and public health systems.
  • HSAP5. Evaluate health care financing, regulatory, and delivery systems.
  • HSAP6. Develop a strategy or strategies to promote health equity and reduce health disparities.