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Become a Master of Public Health


The School of Nursing at the University of San Francisco is set to launch a Master of Public Health degree beginning in fall 2011.

The degree, designed for recent graduates and professionals interested in careers in fields such as health promotion, community organizing, and healthy lifestyle leadership, will prepare students as public health generalists while allowing them to choose an area of emphasis in community health, global health, or health promotion education.

Students will study epidemiology, biostatistics, public health care leadership and administration, social science applications to behavioral health, and environmental health considerations.

MPH Electives

- Community Health: Prepares graduates for leadership positions in public health organizations and programs at the local, state, and federal levels

- Global Health: Prepares graduates to become community health generalists and public health leaders for positions within the global community and international organizations

- Health Promotion/Health Education: Prepares graduates to focus on the leadership, management, and development of public health promotion and education programs   

“We want to provide an advanced degree option to those who are interested in the health care field but do not want to seek a licensed degree,” said Kia James, program director and assistant professor of nursing at USF.

As the U.S. moves to rein in health care costs and deliver health care to more people through preventative medicine, the School of Nursing’s MPH degree will prepare students to move into this expanding field, working closely with communities.

MPH students will gain experience by taking part in fieldwork and internships, through USF’s many contacts with nonprofits, public education, and public health agencies. Such experience will position graduates to make a difference by addressing community health care disparities, promoting healthy behaviors, and detecting public health issues.

“Never before has there been a time of such opportunity in public health,” said Judith Karshmer, USF School of Nursing dean, speaking of the country’s ongoing effort to reform health care and provide better health care outcomes.

The two-year MPH degree will offer courses on topics such as environmental and occupational public health issues, emerging global public health threats, public health law and social justice, teaching and learning in pubic health, and organizing communities for better health. The MPH program was recently approved to begin the accreditation process with the Council on Education for Public Health.

The program is appropriate for recent graduates and full-time working adults, classes meet once a week with additional online coursework. 

Written by Edward Carpenter »email usfnews@usfca.edu | Twitter @usfcanews