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The Master of Public Health, with a Concentration in Biostatistics, provides the skills to design, analyze, and interpret the results of public health studies. Through courses covering basic biostatistical methods, advanced regression analysis, and statistical computing, students gain skills in the statistical applications important to research, including, but not limited to, study design, data management, and statistical analysis. Graduates are prepared for further study or for careers in research and project management in academia, government, or the private sector.

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Environmental Health

The Master of Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health offers a program of study that gives students both a firm foundation and the flexibility to pursue their own interests, supported by research and practice.

Environmental Health graduates work today as directors of public health or environmental health for cities and towns, as program managers in state and federal health agencies, and in many roles in non-profit agencies. Other alumni hold research positions in public and private health research organizations, work as consultants in private risk assessment companies, or are physicians in occupational and environmental clinics.


The Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology provides training in the principles and methodology of epidemiological research and practice. Students in this concentration explore the theories and methodologies underlying the science, and learn how to design, conduct, analyze, and interpret research studies in such areas as cancer epidemiology, reproductive epidemiology, and infectious disease epidemiology. Graduates pursue advanced degrees or research or management careers in the public, private, or academic sectors.

Health Law and Bioethics

The Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights, is appropriate for students planning careers in law, public policy, advocacy, or academia. In addition, the concentration prepares students for a variety of careers across the spectrum of public health, including hospital administration, biomedical research, law, and regulatory affairs. Students are provided with skills and knowledge in the legal aspects of public health and health care, written and oral presentation skills and tools for critical and analytical thinking.

Health Policy & Management

The Master of Public Health, with a concentration in Health Policy and Management, provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to formulate sound, creative solutions to complex problems in the health care system. These skills and areas of knowledge include health care management, health policy and planning, financial analysis for health care, and organization and delivery of care. This degree is appropriate for students who are interested in highly responsible careers as either managers of health care organizations or analysts for public or private organizations involved in the financing, delivery or evaluation of health care services.

International Health

The Master of Public Health with a Concentration in International Health provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively in the practice of international health, both in overseas settings and in US-based international health organizations. Students have the flexibility to combine coursework in economics, financial management, policy analysis, and infectious and chronic disease with comparative studies addressing the social and cultural issues that impact health internationally. Graduates are equipped to assume careers in relief, development, consulting, research, and government both domestically and abroad, or to pursue further study.

Maternal and Child Health

The Master of Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health is directed at students who seek to protect and enhance the health and well-being of women, children, and families. Students explore the unique physical needs of this population through coursework in maternal and infant health, child and adolescent health, and community-based needs assessment in maternal and child health. They then place this knowledge into a sociopolitical context, obtaining a comprehensive understanding of the cultural influences affecting women, children, and the larger community. Graduates are equipped for careers in community and international health organizations, advocacy groups, and government agencies that address compelling issues in maternal and child health.

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Social and Behavioral Sciences

The Master of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences trains students to plan, implement, and administer programs designed to resolve compelling public health problems created or exacerbated by individual behaviors and social disparities. Students explore the social and behavioral aspects of health, quantitative and behavioral research, and program planning and evaluation, applying their skills and knowledge to selected topics in the discipline. Graduates are prepared for careers in a variety of public health settings, including hospitals, nonprofit agencies, academic institutions, and public health departments.