Master of Public Health Program
Department of Global and Community Health
The master of public health (MPH) is the most widely recognized professional degree for those wishing to enter or advance in the field of public health. Mason’s MPH program provides coursework in all five core disciplines of public health – epidemiology, biostatistics, health administration, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health – along with advanced training in one of two concentration areas – Epidemiology or Global & Community Health.
- The Epidemiology Concentration prepares students to investigate and analyze factors that influence the occurrence, distribution, prevention, and control of disease. Emphasis is placed on the development of such skills as study design, data collection and management, data analysis and interpretation, and communication of research findings.
- The Global and Community Health Concentration prepares students to address social and behavioral factors affecting the health of communities in both domestic and international settings. Through course work and practical application, students learn to analyze social determinants, develop culturally competent prevention efforts, manage program implementation, and evaluate the quality of preventive services. Students become familiar with a range of issues, including infectious disease, nutrition, environmental health, health service delivery systems, and social and cultural factors that influence health status.