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 (formally the Generalist program), Health Policy Leadership and Behavioral Health*.

*This change has received preliminary approval at the Provost level and is pending final approval.

We offer three (3) concentrations, allowing students to focus on a particular aspect of Public Health: Community and Public Health Practice (formally the Generalist program), Health Policy Leadership and Behavioral Health.

Program Features

Through its rigorous course curriculum, fieldwork , and research projects, the MPH program prepares students with a strong practice-based skill-set that focuses on evidence-based theories, inter-professional collaboration and practical tools to turn theory into practice in the front-lines of the fight for public health care.

  • Authoritative - CEPH-Accredited Program ; Award-Winning and World Renowned Faculty from Public Health, Nursing, Behavioral Health
  • USF boasts a healthy 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 (Students entering in or after 2019)
  • 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.

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:

State Authorization

USF is accepting applications from residents in specific U.S. states and territories for enrollment into our 100% online degree programs. Please check for a list of the states and territories from which we can enroll residents in our 100% online degree programs. Programs are only considered to be 100% online degree programs if they have no physical presence (classes, fieldwork, or otherwise) in those states or territories.

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School of Nursing & Health Professions

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2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-2806