Master of Public Health (MPH)
Our classrooms extend beyond campus borders and embody San Francisco's forward-thinking approach to public health advocacy and community outreach
We offer multiple locations and concentration options: Community and Public Health Practice, Health Policy Leadership and Behavioral Health*
Master of Public Health (MPH)
The Master of Public Health (MPH) program prepares future public health leaders to address pressing public health issues at the local, state, national, and global levels. Through interprofessional and interdisciplinary skills that bridge the divide between theory, practice, and policy, the program creates graduates who lead-in and are passionate advocates for community engagement, interprofessional collaboration, evidence-based practice, and public health advocacy.
Our students and graduates gain the knowledge and skills to improve population health with a particular emphasis on preventative strategies and practices and the health care needs of underserved populations in their communities and around the world. We offer three (3) concentrations, allowing students to focus on a particular aspect of the wide-reaching scope and ambition of the MPH degree: Community and Public Health Practice, Health Policy Leadership and Behavioral Health.
What is Public Health?
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. Beyond just the prevention and eradication of particular diseases, Public Health focuses on the entire spectrum of health by focusing on the political, economic and social conditions - what we call the social determinants - that promote the health of populations.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) program at USF, is ideal for students interested in learning the practical aspects of public health and developing critical leadership skills needed to promote population health and prevention of diseases. Students develop practice-oriented skills and competencies to promote population health. Candidates complete coursework in a myriad of fields, including epidemiology, biostatistics, community and behavioral health, environmental health, and public health policy and leadership.
The USF MPH program offers the following concentrations/locations:
Through its rigorous courses and curriculum, fieldwork, and research projects, the MPH program prepares students with a strong practice-based skill set that focuses on inter-professional collaboration and management tools to address the social determinants of care and improve healthcare quality and outcomes.
- Authoritative - CEPH-Accredited Program ; Award-Winning Faculty from Public Health, Nursing, Behavioral Health
- 14: 1 student-faculty ratio - allowing students to develop strong relationships with their teachers to receive guidance and mentorship towards their career goals
- Comprehensive & Flexible: We offer concentration options that allow students to specialize in a key area of public health
- Hands-on Practical Experience - 250 hours of fieldwork placement in a public health organization
- Mission Driven Approach: At USF, students are prepared to embody our mission, goals & values to lead and act as change-agents who are advocates for a just and equitable health care system - especially for vulnerable populations.
USF MPH'15 Alumna leads charge for access to healthier foods in the nation's largest city
USF News asked Cather, who was recognized by New York Nonprofit Media as one of its 40 rising stars under the age of 40, about her mission to make healthy food available to everyone regardless of their neighborhood or social class.