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Visit the Available MPH Tracks page for detailed descriptions and curriculum for each of the 5 available tracks: 1- Biostatistics 2- Community and Behavioral Health Promotion 3- Environmental Health Sciences 4- Epidemiology 5- Public Health Policy and Administration
The Zilber School of Public Health is known for its emphasis on health equity, social and environmental justice, and community partnerships. The MPH degree program prepares students to make a difference in the public health field by building practical knowledge and skills, including the applied use of public health research to promote population health and health equity.
And employment prospects are bright for public health practitioners. According to the most recent Wisconsin Public Health Workforce Report, as many as 55% of workers in the Wisconsin Division of Public Health are currently eligible for retirement.
The MPH curriculum includes required core courses that help prepare students to analyze information and consider solutions to public health problems at the community, institutional and societal levels. Students then put their skills into practice through a required field experience and capstone project.
Students in the Master of Public Health program complete 42 to 48 credits (depending on the track). MPH students take a common core curriculum of 20 credit hours, including a 3-credit field experience and a 2-credit capstone, as well as a variable number of track-specific credit hours. All MPH students can expect to learn how to:
1. Explain the foundational principles and historical perspectives that shape the field of public health.
2. Describe how multiple determinants, including socioeconomic, biological, behavioral, and environmental, and the interrelations among these determinants shape population health and health inequities.
3. Integrate principles of social and environmental justice within public health practice and research.
4. Employ ethical principles and protocols in public health practice and research.
5. Implement approaches to public health practice and research that recognize the social, cultural and environmental circumstances of individuals, communities and populations.
6. Utilize appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative methods in public health practice and research.
7. Apply inter-disciplinary theories, research methods and best practices to address public health issues and promote population health.
8. Collect, synthesize and critically analyze information and data to identify and address, and inform public health issues and interventions.
9. Practice a high standard of professionalism, demonstrated by integrity, respect, transparency, sound judgment, and constructive interactions with colleagues, community members, stakeholders and the public at large.
10. Demonstrate leadership and partnership skills that foster and support collaborations across diverse communities, settings and sectors.
11. Communicate effectively about public health issues with diverse audiences using a variety of strategies and modalities.
12. Advocate for the public’s health and health equity.
Apply now to enroll in Fall 2016. For application questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org to speak with an advisor.
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To be considered for admission, applicants must complete the required online application and meet Graduate School requirements, including the following requirements:
- Current resume
- Two letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic experience and potential for graduate work in public health.
- Submission of scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last five years. Submit scores to sophas.org, and use code 1780.
The admissions committee may consider GMAT, LSAT or MCAT scores in place of GRE scores. Applicants must request this substitution in writing. Applicants with a JD, MD, DVM, PharmD, or PhD do not need to submit GRE scores.
Some Scholarships are available for all five tracks. Recently, scholarships were announced for the three newest tracks – Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Public Health Policy and Administration – through the Vera Zilber Public Health Scholars Program.
Visit the Resources page for information on tuition & fees, Academic Calendar, and other helpful links.
Ideal Biostatistics candidates:
- BS in statistics, mathematics, biomedical or computer science or quantitative area (e.g. physics, electrical engineering, health science) or basic science (e.g., biology, chemistry) with at least 2 semesters of calculus.
- GPA of 3.0 or better (on 4.0 scale)
- GRE: Quantitative > 50%; verbal > 40%; and writing > 40%
- Familiarity with one programming environment (e.g. R, matlab) or language (e.g. python, pearl, Java)
- Expressed interest in career in area of biostatistics or quantitative data analysis
Ideal Community and Behavioral Health Promotion candidates:
- CBHP accepts students with a wide range of academic backgrounds, including social and behavioral sciences, humanities and basic science.
- Strong interest in working with communities, health departments, policy makers, schools and other agencies in health promotion.
- Strong interest in working collaboratively with other stakeholders to address health inequities and social/environmental justice issues.
- Good students with some practical work experience.
- Clear interest in community and behavioral health promotion
Ideal Environmental Health Sciences candidates:
- Some upper-level biology or chemistry classes preferred with a B- average or better in science classes.
- Willingness to learn; self-motivated; creative; curious; and diverse interests, training and background.
- Evidence of potential to have strong communication skills.
- Volunteer or work experience in a relevant public health environment or course equivalents as an undergrad. Ecology/environmental science training acceptable in lieu of broad work experience.
Ideal Applicants who might want to consider the Epidemiology track:
Applicants with a desire to employ the tools of epidemiology for the purpose of advocating for social justice and the amelioration of health inequities would be interested in our Epidemiology program. Strong candidates will have previous experience working or volunteering with social service, public health, community organizations and/or in other capacities which demonstrate a commitment to social justice. Through their essays and transcripts will demonstrate that they have strong critical thinking and analytical skills and be able to articulate clearly how their previous experiences have prepared them to undertake study in the field of epidemiology.
Ideal Public Health Policy and Administration candidates:
The PHPA track takes a holistic approach to assessing student fit. We value academic achievement and concrete experience in professional, volunteer and advocacy roles. Prospective students should demonstrate, through their essays, transcripts and test scores, that they have strong analytical thinking skills and the capacity to apply quantitative and qualitative analyses to public health issues. They will be able to articulate how their academic and practical backgrounds prepare them for public health study. We also expect that prospective students are able to demonstrate a basic understanding of public health principles and practice, and how study in this field will help them to achieve their learning, advocacy and/or professional objectives.