Master of Public Health Program

Is Public Health in Your Future?

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The UCD MPH program is designed for people interested in disease prevention and community health. Students can earn their MPH degree in epidemiology or general public health.

The program includes instruction in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, health services and administration, and social and behavioral science, and prepares students for an expanding range of professional opportunities and roles in public health and medicine.

Applicants must have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree for acceptance to the program. Professionals who already have an MD, DO, DVM, DDS, DPM, or PharmD may also apply, as may RNs, NPs, or PAs with a Bachelor’s degree. Medical and veterinary students typically enroll between the second and third or third and fourth years of their medical training. The program is designed for students wishing to enroll full time, with classes during the day; so it is not appropriate for persons planning to maintain a practice or other professional work schedule.

Recent changes in accreditation requirements from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) have increased the unit requirement to 56 units. While it is possible to complete 56 units in a one-year period (summer session II through spring quarter), we recommend that students plan for at least one or two quarters into a second academic year, especially students without a clinical background or who must limit their academic load for professional or other reasons.