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MPH Frequently Asked Questions

What is Public Health?

According to the World Health Organization: Public health refers to all organized measures (whether public or private) to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole. Its activities aim to provide conditions in which people can be healthy and focus on entire populations, not on individual patients or diseases. Thus, public health is concerned with the total system and not only the eradication of a particular disease

Why Public Health at USF?

A Master in Public Health (MPH) from the University of San Francisco is a two-year, part-time program that prepares students to work in a variety of health care settings. The mission of the Master of Public Health program is to develop a network of public health leaders and generalists who will advance public health, social justice, and well-being in the city of San Francisco, the State of California, the United States and the world and to create an educational Public Health Presence that promotes community engagement, professional collaborations, and public health advocacy.

What is the USF Advantage?

Major Advantages Include:

  • Learn from a distinguished faculty of academics and practitioners who will serve as your professors, advisers, and mentors throughout an academically rigorous program.
  • Study in a city that has a long history of advocacy and community outreach. San Francisco is a virtual lab of public health education and health promotion possibilities, and there is no shortage of challenging fieldwork and post-degree employment opportunities.
  • Put your intellect and values into action in the classroom and through fieldwork placements at the San Francisco Public Health Department and other nonprofit and non-government organizations (NGOs).
Cohort Group Learning

The program is organized in a cohort model of instruction. Each cohort is made up of approximately 25 students, two-thirds of whom are typically Bay Area health professionals looking to enhance their qualifications or individuals in another field looking to transition into a public health career. During the two years of the program, your cohort will move through the curriculum together – starting and finishing with the same members.

When can I start the MPH Program?

You can start in Fall or Spring

How long will it take to complete the MPH Program?

The MPH program is a 45-unit credit will take two years

When are MPH Courses Offered?

MPH Program employs the best classroom and online teaching methodologies. Each semester, students enroll in a full load of two classes, which are held on campus one evening per week for three to four hours. Students complete a comparable amount of online work between those meetings. Students can pursue their degrees while working without having to put their professional lives on hold!

The entire MPH Program Takes six consecutive semesters, or two years to complete.

How much will the MPH degree cost?

For the 2013-2014 academic year, the cost per unit is $1,175. Total tuition for the 45-unit. MPH program is $50,850. You can expect to pay about $2,000 more in books, fees, etc.

Is there an MPH Student Organization?

You can find the Master of Public Health Student Association at www.usfca.edu/clubsorgs/mphsa

Fieldwork Placements

MPH students are required to complete a 300 hour fieldwork placement. Students work with professors to figure out an organization that best fits their needs. Among other organizations, MPH students have interned at San Francisco Department of Public Health, Pacific Gas and Electric, SF Card, HOPE Collaborative to name a few.