The mission of the field of public health is to protect and improve the health of communities by assuring, through organized community efforts, living conditions in which people can be healthy and address health problems effectively. The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program contributes to this cause by offering a planned program of study that provides prospective and current public-health workers with:
1) a strong, general background in areas of knowledge basic to public health;
2) the opportunity to apply public-health knowledge in independent research and an internship; and
3) the opportunity for specialized study in health promotion. Health promotion focuses on developing the capacity to plan, administer and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention interventions and programs.
The Master of Public Health Student Handbook