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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 human-kind. A Master of Public Health degree requires education in knowledge basic to public health, including biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration and social and behavioral sciences. Individual interest, experience, and program resources guide emphasis for different students.

A Master of Public Health degree provides a broad base of knowledge and skills necessary in various areas of public health. In addition to providing students with this broad foundation, the MPH program provides students with experience in the application of this knowledge and their newly developed skills to community health problems. The CWRU MPH Program has a particular emphasis on urban health, social justice and care of the underserved.

Anyone with career interest in working with communities to improve the health of their members should consider the MPH degree. The CWRU MPH Program is especially suited to those with previous experience in public health, those with advanced degrees, or those in training for advanced degrees. Degrees with shared interest and content with public health include medicine, nursing, dentistry, law, anthropology, bioethics, management, and social work. Joint degrees between eight different CWRU programs include the MD/MPH, JD/MPH, MSN/MPH, MBA/MPH, MA Bioethics/MPH, DMD/MPH, MSSA/MPH and the MA- PhD Anthropology/MPH and bring greater academic diversity to the student body.

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