Master of Public Health Program

Mission and Goals


Our mission is to develop the public health leaders of the future by providing a high-quality Masters degree curriculum in partnership with the public health community. We accomplish this through the collaborative efforts of the UC Davis community, including the Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Management, Law, Education, and Nursing and the Colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters & Science. These collaborations offer students content expertise in general public health and health disparities, agricultural and rural health, nutrition, reproductive and women’s health, chronic diseases, epidemiologic and biostatistical methodology, informatics, infectious and zoonotic diseases, health economics, health-care quality and outcomes, and others.

We promote a practical public health focus through our historically strong partnership with the public health community, including the California Department of Public Health, local county health departments, and non-profit agencies. These partnerships comprise teaching, student mentorship and field placements, research, service, direction, and support for the UC Davis MPH Program.

Instructional Goals

  1. Educate MPH students in the core public health content areas necessary for a career and leadership in public health.

  2. Provide practicum placements with the public health community to integrate theory and practice for locally relevant public health problems.

  3. Promote partnership with School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, other campus faculty, and the public health community in development and delivery of program curriculum.

Research Goals

  1. Maintain and support a program of research addressing public health.

Sevice Goals

  1. Establish linkages with and provide leadership for public health and community organizations through membership, practicum placements, research, and continuing medical education activities.

MPH Core Competencies