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Program/Degree
Public Health (MPH) - Public Health Practice 
Program Description

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is designed to be an interdisciplinary, professional degree in public health. The MPH Program provides opportunities for students to obtain broad knowledge and basic skills in the core areas of public health. Students are able to acquire proficiency in one or more specialized areas through advanced coursework, and gain experience in applying advanced knowledge to the solution of actual health problems in community settings during internship training.

The program is designed to be a two year program for full-time students. Part-time students can take up to 6 years to complete the program.

The MPH competencies guide the development of the program curriculum and learning activities for the core and required courses in the MPH curriculum.  This posted list of competencies also provides applicants, students, employers and other stakeholders' information about the knowledge foundation and skills of graduates from the MEZCOPH MPH program.

MPH Public Health Practice

Based at the Phoenix Campus

The Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice is an interdisciplinary College-wide program that prepares students to develop the public health skills needed to work in a variety of governmental and non-governmental settings including the local, county and state departments of health, the Indian Health Service, Medicaid and Medicare programs, hospitals, and community health centers.

Students learn to work effectively as part of multidisciplinary teams to develop, manage and evaluate public health programs designed to address health disparate populations.

The Public Health Practice concentration is geared toward students who are able to enroll in courses that utilize a combination of on-line, video conference, and in person teaching modalities.  Students selecting the public health practice program should possess an academic background in a public health related field and/or experience working or volunteering within at least one public health program.

Course work includes subject matter in the core areas of public health:

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental and occupational health
  • Public health policy and management
  • Socio-cultural and behavioral aspects of public health

Students obtain additional skills in the administration and fiscal management of programs that address the health beliefs in a variety of cultures.

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

College of Public Health -

Arizona's first and only accredited college of public health, the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is uniquely situated in the culturally rich and diverse Southwest. Distinguished for our outstanding community-based research and for our focus on eliminating health disparities among populations of the Southwest and globally, the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health offers tremendous opportunities to its students for education, research and community involvement.

The College of Public Health's interdisciplinary activities are enhanced by being part of the Arizona Health Sciences Center with campuses in Tucson and Phoenix. The College consistently ranks among the top five in American Indian and Hispanic graduates and students enrolled among accredited schools of public health, according to recent data from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. In addition, the University of Arizona is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities, a prestigious organization that recognizes universities that have developed exceptionally strong overall research and academic programs.

 
College
College of Public Health  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson Phoenix Campus  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Kimberly J Barnes
602-827-2070
Graduate Program Coordinator
Tanya J Nemec
520-626-3204
Director of Graduate Studies
Christopher B Tisch
520-626-9112
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
520-621-3484
 
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

MPH Program

  • Bachelor's degree with 3.0 GPA
  • One course in college-level introductory, human, or general biology
  • One course in college algebra or calculus
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • GRE or MCAT scores required for all applicants
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants

Public Health Practice 

Students selecting the public health practice program should possess an academic background in a public health related field and/or experience working or volunteering within at least one public health program.

View more detailed admissions criteria at: https://publichealth.arizona.edu/prospective-students/mph-admissions-criteria

Applications should be submitted through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for accredited schools and programs of public health, at www.sophas.org.  

 
Standardized Tests
Required Test 
GRE - Send scores to the University of Arizona College of Public Health/SOPHAS, code 4253
or
MCAT - Send scores to SOPHAS via code SOPHAS
 
International Students - Tests of English Proficiency
International applicants are required by the UA Graduate College to submit a TOEFL score of 90 on the iBT (web-based) test. For students who take the IELTS examination, an overall score of 7 is required, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual band or module.  TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be dated within two years of the year of enrollment. Students may be requested to enter the Center for English as a Second Language to improve their verbal skills.

SOPHAS TOEFL Scores - Code 5688
SOPHAS IELTS Scores - Code SOPHAS

 
Financial Aid

A variety of funding is available in the form of scholarships/fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships.  More information regarding tuition and financial assistance is available at:  http://publichealth.arizona.edu/prospective-students/tuition-financial-assistance

 
Admissions Deadlines
Fall Deadlines

Priority:  January 5
Secondary:  March 1
Late Rolling Admission:  After March 1, in the event that the program is not full, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 15.

Note:  Students who apply by the priority deadline will be given the highest priority for admissions and consideration for scholarships and assistantships.

 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements
 

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (15 units)

  • EPID 573A Basic Principles of Epidemiology (3)
  • PHPM 574 Public Health Policy and Management (3)
  • EHS 575 Environmental and Occupational Health (3)
  • BIOS 576A Biostatistics in Public Health (3)
  • HPS 577 Sociocultural & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3)
  • Internship Preparation Workshop (required; non-credit)

REQUIRED CONCENTRATION COURSES, ELECTIVES, INTERNSHIP
Public Health Practice Requirements: https://publichealth.arizona.edu/academics/masters/mph/php

 
Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
Student Handbook
https://publichealth.arizona.edu/graduate-students/handbooks  
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Last revised 01 Sep 2017