Zilber School alumni at Milwaukee City Hall

The accelerated MPH program allows high-achieving undergraduate students in the public health major the opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in public health in five years, rather than the usual six. The five-year program consists of three and a half years in undergraduate status and one and a half years in graduate status. 

Graduates of the accelerated MPH in public health policy track meet nationally accredited core competencies covering knowledge and skills required of public health professionals. Plus they have credits of specialized graduate training in public health.

Program Type

Accelerated Master’s

Program Format

On Campus
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Alumni Spotlight

Since earning her MPH in public health policy and adminstration, Jazzmyne Adams now oversees OTO Clinomics research activities to improve health outcomes in the community as they relate to otolaryngologic diseases.

She also ensures integrated health care delivery between observed clinical patient presentation and clinical practice of physicians.

Jazzmyne Adams, MPH – public health policy

Jazzmyne Adams, MPH – public health policy

Public health policy master’s students learn from a curriculum that emphasizes the social, political and economic determinants of health. Students in the public health policy track gain a foundational understanding of social and policy theories, and their relevance to public health practice and policymaking in various contexts. At the Zilber School of Public Health, students learn a broad intersectoral view that includes a health in all policies framework approach.

The bachelor’s in public health requires a minimum of 120 credits. The MPH Public Health Policy track requires 48 credits. Up to 30 graduate course credits may be double-counted toward the BS in public health.

Undergraduate Courses

At least 33 credits in general education and foundations courses.

Public Health Major Required Courses (48 credits)

PH 101: Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
PH 142: Exploring Global Environmental Health (3 credits)
PH 201: Public Health from Cells to Society I (3 credits)
PH 202: Public Health from Cells to Society II (3 credits)
KIN 270: Statistics in the Health Professions or other statistics course approved by public health major advisor (3 credits)
HCA 307: Epidemiology for the Health Sciences (3 credits)
PH 302: Health and Disease: Concepts and Contexts (3 credits)
PH 303: Climate Change, the Environment & Human Health (3 credits)
PH 319: Introduction to Health Disparities (3 credits)
PH 327: Foundations for Action in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 346: Environmental Health and Disease (3 credits)
PH 355: Public Health Research Methods I (3 credits)
PH 410: True Lies – Consuming & Communicating Quantitative Information (3 credits)
PH 427: Strategies for Action in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 428: Project Implementation & Evaluation for a Healthy Society (3 credits)
PH 455: Public Health Research Methods II (3 credits)

Elective credits – up to nine credit hours to reach 120 credits

Graduate Courses

MPH Required Common Core Courses (24 credits)

PH 702: Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits)
PH 703: Environmental Health Sciences (3 credits)
PH 704: Principles and Methods of Epidemiology (3 credits)
PH 705: Public Health Policy and Administration (3 credits)
PH 706: Perspectives in Community and Behavioral Health (3 credits)
PH 708: Health Systems and Population Health (3 credits)
PH 790: Field Experience in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 791: Leadership in Public Health (1 credit)
PH 800: Capstone in Public Health (2 credits)

Required PHP Track Courses (15 credits)

PH 776: Qualitative Approaches in Public Health Policy and Administration (3 credits)
PH 777: Quantitative Research Methods for PH Policy and Administration (3 credits)
PH 759: Intro to Regression for Understanding SDOH (3 credits)
PH 779: Public Health Policymaking and Policy Analysis (3 credits)
PH 781: Public Health Administration (3 credits)
PH 785: Principles of Public Health Economics (3 credits)

Content Elective – choose one (three credits minimum)

PH 700: Structures of Inequality and Population Health (3 credits)
PH 769: Critical Perspectives on Nutritional Epidemiology and the Food System (3 credits)
PH 774: Violence and Health (3 credits)
PH 784: Social and Economic Policy as Health Policy (3 credits)
PH 820: Maternal and Child Health Foundations, Policy and Practice (3 credits)
PH 859: Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities in the United States (3 credits)

Other classes as approved by MPH faculty advisor.

Methods and Practice Electives – Choose two (six credits minimum)

PH 726: Community Assessment (3 credits)
PH 727: Program Planning and Implementation in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 728: Program Evaluation in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 729: Survey Research Methods in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 763: Epidemiology for Equity (3 credits)
ED POL 601: Foundations of Community-Based Organizations (3 credits)
ED POL 602: Proposal Writing and Fundraising Skills for Community-Based Organizations (3 credits)
ED POL 711: Community Change and Engagement Strategies (3 credits)
NONPROF 791: Nonprofit Advocacy and Public Policy (3 credits)
PUB ADM 630: Budgeting and Finance in the Public Sector (3 credits)
URBPLAN 791: Intro to Urban GIS for Planning (3 credits)
BUSMGMT 766: Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)

Accelerated MPH in Public Health Policy Careers

Graduates with a master’s in public health policy go on to work for state and local health departments, nonprofits, policy think tanks, advocacy organizations, or with elected officials to analyze, develop, and implement health-related policies at the city, state or national level, among other opportunities.

Job placements for recent BS/MPH public health graduates include:

  • Wisconsin Population Health Fellowship (Wood County Health Department)
  • National Cancer Institute Health Communications
  • Community Advocates Public Policy Institute
  • University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Health research consulting firms
  • Other nonprofit organizations
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Public Health Policy Faculty Research Expertise

D. Phuong (Phoenix) Do, PhD: Socioeconomic health policies; racial/ethnic segregation and neighborhood effects; racial/ethnic health disparities; quantitative methodologies

Linnea Laestadius, PhD, MPP: Public health and technology; social media communication; commercial determinants of health; tobacco regulatory science; qualitative methods