The master of public health (M.P.H.) degree provides students with a clear understanding of the roles of the core disciplines in public health. It also provides students with sufficient knowledge of the theory and terminology used by these disciplines to allow effective participation in interdisciplinary public health efforts and with specialized skills in at least one public health discipline. The student's area of specialization should play an important role in his or her choice of concentration(s).
M.P.H. CURRICULUM SUMMARY
Students seeking the M.P.H. degree must complete 45
credits of academic work with a minimum GPA of least 3.0; earn no more than 9 credits bearing grades less than B, and complete the degree
requirements within six years. This coursework is distributed as follows:
- 18 credits in core areas of public health: Students in all concentrations must take the following six courses: Health Systems and Policy, Introduction to Biostatistics, Introduction to Environmental Health, Principles and Methods of Epidemiology, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences in Public Health, and Public Health Essentials. Students must take a quantitative skills assessment before registering for the core course in biostatistics and epidemiology.
- 9-15 credits of courses required by the concentration. Please refer to the concentration's description for specific required courses for each concentration.
- 6-9 credits of elective courses. Please refer to the concentration's description for specific recommended electives for each concentration.
- 3 practicum capstone credits
- applied practice experience (0 credits)
- interprofessional education experience (0 credits)
In New Brunswick and Newark, students may complete the requirements for two concentrations. For example, a student may combine social and behavioral health sciences with epidemiology. To achieve this, the student typically has two advisers, one from each concentration. The double-major consists of a student taking all required concentration courses from both disciplines, usually requiring 51-54 credits in total (as compared to the minimum of 45 credits for the M.P.H. degree). The capstone requirement is coordinated between the two advisers and reflects both disciplines (3 credits). The Request for Dual concentration
form may be used to request a dual concentration. Individual concentrations may have limitations or requirements on double concentrations. Students should consult an adviser from each concentration for complete information.
ADDING CERTIFICATE OPTION
Students may complete one or more certificate programs
alongside their M.P.H. degree to further enhance their skills and expertise
in a specialized area. No more than 6 credits may be counted
toward the curricular requirements for a degree and certificate
program. Students who wish to request an internal certificate must
complete and submit a Request for Internal Certificate form. The requested certificate program will review the student's original admissions file and the student's transcript.
OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE RESIDENCY PROGRAM
For physicians interested in occupational and environmental medicine, the Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) Residency Program is a two-year postgraduate medical training program leading to eligibility for certification in occupational medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. The Rutgers OEM program is affiliated with both the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Rutgers School of Public Health. Residents complete the M.P.H. during this period. For further information contact the program coordinator: Rutgers Residency Program in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 170 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854 (848-445-6093).
PREVENTIVE MEDICINE RESIDENCY PROGRAM
For physicians interested in preventive medicine, the Preventive Medicine Residency Program is a two-year postgraduate medical training program leading to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. The program is coordinated by the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School on the Rutgers Health Sciences Campus at Newark. Residents complete the M.P.H. during this period. Grant stipend support may be available for qualified applicants. For further information contact the program coordinator: Preventive Medicine Residency Program, Department of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Medical Science Building, Room F592, 185 South Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103 (973-972-9384).