Public Health, MPH

Phone: 216.368.7567
Tara Hannum, MA

Degree: Master of Public Health (MPH)

Program Overview

A Master of Public Health degree is designed to prepare students to address the broad mission of public health, defined as “enhancing health in human populations, through organized community effort,” utilizing education, research and community service. Public health practitioners are prepared to identify and assess the health needs of different populations, and then to plan, implement and evaluate programs to meet those needs. It is the task of the public health practitioner to protect and promote the wellness of humankind. The master of public health program prepares students to enhance health in human populations through organized community effort. Graduates are qualified to work in local and state health departments, universities and colleges, hospitals, ambulatory medical centers, non-profit organizations, and the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. The program seeks to attract a rich mix of students, including those pursuing degrees in medicine, nursing, dentistry, law, social work, anthropology, bioethics, management and other fields, as well as students holding undergraduate degrees.

Students in the MPH program can complete the program using one of two plans of study: Common Core and Intensive Research Pathway.  The Common Core is the standard plan of study for MPH Students and the Intensive Research Pathway (IRP) is an alternative plan of study that allows students to gain exposure to more quantitative coursework. Students can complete any concentration regardless of their plan of study.  Previous experience or education pertaining to public health may increase the student’s flexibility in course selection. Students may also enroll part-time and take courses over a three to five-year period.

Both the Common Core and the IRP address and meet all Foundational Knowledge and Core Competencies. Regardless of plan of study, all MPH students will complete the same Applied Practical Experience and Integrated Learning Experience requirements. Below is a direct plan of study comparison between the Common Core and the IRP.

Dual Degree Information

Because of the breadth of the field of public health, the MPH Program is an ideal degree to integrate with other professional schools and graduate programs at Case. University leadership has recognized collaboration as one of the priorities for the future of the university and has approved 11 MPH dual degree programs.

Generally, dual degree students complete both degrees by adding one year of study to the partner degree. For example, an MD student could add one year to the four-year MD Program to complete his/her MD/MPH dual degree in five years. In addition to the requirements for the partner degree program, all dual degree students will complete 27 credit hours of core MPH requirements (18 core credit hours plus 9 Culminating Experience credit hours). Of the remaining 15 credit hours, it is anticipated that 9 credit hours will be selected from courses taught by the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences. The remaining 6 credit hours can be selected from the list of approved courses in the partner program. Students wishing to take courses not previously approved in the dual degree plan may petition to do so in writing to both partner programs. In most cases, it will be assumed that dual degree students will adopt an area of concentration specific to their shared degree area.

Dual degree students should have academic advisors from both the MPH Program and the partner program faculty. Advisors of dual degree students are encouraged to develop dialogues with their partner advisors and collaborate on students’ programs of study. This dialogue should be accomplished by a minimum of one annual group meeting of both advisors with the student to be arranged by the student. During the initial meeting, before the end of the student’s first semester, a Planned Program of Study (PPOS) is developed. The PPOS can be revised later, also with the approval of both advisors. Academic performance issues, or any other issues, are presented by the advisors to the MPH Dual Degree Partners Committee for final disposition. The MPH Dual Degree Partners Committee will adjudicate any difference in opinion between advisors.

The Director of the MPH Program, assisted by the Administrative Director, is the coordinator of the dual degree programs and provides services for student support, including special events and publications dedicated to serving the needs of dual degree students and building their sense of scholarship and community as a group.

Important Note: The program information contained on this page is current as of July 1st, 2023. For the most current information, we advise you to review the Master of Public Health program handbook.

Graduate Policies

For graduate policies and procedures, please review the School of Graduate Studies section of the General Bulletin.