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Campus MPH Programs
By Staff

Here are our picks for the best campus-based Master of Public Health programs. Our ranking is based on a combination of the National Research Council and U.S. News & World Report rankings of Public Health Schools in the United States. You will find information about each of the schools and their MPH programs, as well as a link to each program’s website. As always, rankings should be used as one tool among many for determining which program is the right fit for your particular interests and needs.

#1. Harvard University School of Public Health

The United States’ first and most distinguished college, Harvard University, first opened its School of Public Health in 1913. Today, the School of Public Health is one of the most highly regarded schools of its kind in the world, and many alumni have gone on to distinguished careers in the health industry. More than 1,000 students are enrolled in the school’s five graduate-level degree programs.

Program Overview
Harvard’s School of Public Health offers a two-semester, 42.5 credit Master of Public Health degree program, which gives students who already hold health-related doctoral or master’s degrees the opportunity to broaden their skills through interdisciplinary study. The MPH program includes a collection of core public health requirements along with coursework on the ethical basis of public health. Each student must choose a concentration in clinical effectiveness, health care management and policy, global health, health and social behavior, law and public health, occupational and environmental health or quantitative methods, pairing the broad coursework of the general program with a focus on a specific aspect of the healthcare industry. Students can opt to complete the degree on a full-time or part-time basis, plus a summer-only scheduling option specifically for students who already hold doctoral degrees and wish to focus on clinical effectiveness or quantitative methods.

Accreditation
The Harvard University School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The last accreditation site visit took place in 2009, and the School will remain accredited until 2017.

#2. University of Michigan School of Public Health

Established in 1817, the University of Michigan is one of the largest public research universities in the world, with over 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students and more than half a million alumni. Its School of Public Health traces its origins to 1881 and began awarding graduate degrees in the early twentieth century. In recent years, the School of Public Health has seen great growth, including the opening of a new complex in 2006.

Program Overview
Michigan’s School of Public Health offers a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program that can be completed through any of its five departments. This program generally requires 60 credit hours to complete, the equivalent of two full academic years, although students with existing graduate-level credit may be able to finish more quickly. Every student in the M.P.H. program completes a core curriculum of public health classes designed to build a foundation of knowledge of current and growing health problems. Since public health is an inherently interdisciplinary field, students also develop the skills needed to work with professionals in other fields and with political leaders. To this core curriculum, each student adds coursework in biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health education or healthcare management and policy. It is possible to complete a dual degree program through multiple departments, although this limits the credit hours available for electives.

Accreditation
The University of Michigan’s School of Public Health has been continuously accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 1946.

#3. University of Washington School of Public Health

Founded in 1861, the University of Washington (UW) is a public research university based in Seattle, Washington. With more than 42,000 graduate and undergraduate students, UW is one of the most highly regarded public universities in the nation and routinely ranks in the top 20 worldwide. The University’s School of Public Health currently educates over 1100 students, mostly at the graduate level; it ranked sixth overall and third among publicly funded schools of public health in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Program Overview
The University of Washington School of Public Health offers a broad range of Master of Public Health (MPH) degree programs through its five departments and interdisciplinary programs. Students can opt for degrees in biostatistics, community-oriented public health practice, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, global health, health services, nutritional sciences or public health genetics, and many of these programs offer multiple specialized tracks. Typically, each program takes between one and two years to complete, including four or five quarters in residence and one to three quarters of field work. Topics offered within the program of study include policy development, program design, health education, evaluation and research. Among the specialized concentrations offered within the program are health systems and policy, maternal and child health, social and behavior sciences, health metrics and evaluation and more.

Accreditation
The University of Washington School of Public Health is accredited by the Council for Education on Public Health (CEPH), plus five program-level accrediting bodies including the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Service Administration.

#4. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Founded in 1876, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is a private university located in Baltimore, Maryland. As a pioneer of the concept of the modern research university, Johns Hopkins has consistently ranked among the best such institutions throughout its history, and its research is frequently cited all over the world. The Johns Hopkins Blomberg School of Public Health, established in 1916, is the oldest school of its kind in the world; today, it has over 500 full-time students enrolled and offers multiple degrees through its 10 departments.

Program Overview
The Bloomberg School of Public Health’s flagship master’s program, the Master of Public Health degree program, prepares students for leadership roles in a variety of settings in the health industry. Each student completes a core curriculum in biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, management science, policy and problem solving, public health biology and social and behavioral sciences, providing a broad foundation of skills relevant to any career in public health. The program then offers ten pre-set concentrations in child and adolescent health, epidemiology and biostatistics, food and nutrition, global environmental health, health in crisis and humanitarian assistance, health leadership and management, health systems and policy, infections diseases, social and behavioral sciences and women’s and reproductive health. The School of Public Health also gives students the opportunity to pursue customized programs of study to tailor the experience to their unique interests.

Accreditation
The Bloomberg School of Public health is fully accredited by the Council for Education on Public Health (CEPH), having met all of its 27 criteria.

#5. UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is the flagship institution of the North Carolina public university system. Founded in 1789, UNC consistently ranks among the best universities in the United States; it offers degrees in more than 70 programs of study across 15 academic colleges and schools. UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, founded in 1839, is one of the oldest and heralded schools of its kind in the world.

Program Overview
The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health offers multiple Master of Public Health (MPH) degree programs through its eight departments, each designed to prepare students for careers that require a broad base of knowledge and specific training in a particular discipline within the field of public health. In order to be admitted to the MPH program, a prospective students needs an accredited bachelor’s degree and either 12 months of relevant post-baccalaureate work experience or an existing advanced degree such as an MD. Completion of any MPH program requires that a student demonstrate mastery of five core competencies, either by completing coursework, transferring credit from another course taken no more than five years prior to enrollment or obtaining an exemption through relevant work experience. The MPH program also includes a rigorous program of specialized study in the student’s chosen concentration.

Accreditation
The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is accredited by the Council for Education on Public Health (CEPH).

#6. UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Founded in 1868, the University of California, Berkeley is one of the top-ranked public research universities in the United States. In 1943, it established the first school of public health west of the Mississippi River, which has since grown to become one of the leading schools of its kind in the nation.

Program Overview
The University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health offers nine Master of Public Health degree programs, giving prospective students plenty of opportunities to become experts on a particular aspect of the field of public health. The School offers 11-month and two-year programs of study, with many programs able to be completed on either schedule depending on the student’s degree of prior experience and ability to commit time. In addition to the primary concentrations in environmental health sciences, epidemiology and biostatistics, health and social behavior, health policy and management, infectious diseases and vaccinology, maternal and child health and health care nutrition, students can choose from five specialty areas: aging, global health, maternal and child health, multicultural health and public health nutrition. Mature students with prior experience can opt for an interdisciplinary program, and the school offers multiple concurrent and joint degree programs.

Accreditation
The UC Berkeley School of Public Health is accredited by the Council for Education on Public Health (CEPH).

#7. Yale School of Public Health

The Yale School of Public Health (SPH) began as a department of the School of Medicine in 1915 and gained its first individual accreditation in 1946. The department and its first chair, Charles-Edward Amory Winslow, were instrumental in improving public health conditions and laws in Connecticut, and Winslow also successfully campaigned for the bill to create the State Department of Public Health. The Yale SPH is one of the smallest accredited public health schools in the country with approximately 120 students in each class.

Program Overview
The Yale SPH offers two-year Master of Public Health programs in such disciplines as chronic disease epidemiology, epidemiology of microbial diseases, environmental health sciences and biostatistics. Further specializations are possible within these study areas, and the SPH also offers joint MPH degrees with other Yale graduate schools, including medicine, nursing, divinity and law. Admission to the SPH requires a completed undergraduate degree that includes at least one year of relevant science and one year of relevant math courses. Prospective students must submit applications through the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).

Accreditation
The Yale Master of Public Health curriculums receive accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

#8. University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

One of the oldest institutes of higher learning in the United States in the University of Pittsburgh, which today is one of the world’s most active research universities. Founded in 1948, Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health is likewise one of the oldest of its kind in the nation. Today, the school enrolls over 600 graduate students, has 165 full-time faculty and offers five different graduate degrees through its seven departments.

Program Overview
The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program that can be completed through any of its seven departments. Regardless of department, students in the MPG program complete a curriculum that features instruction in a dozen core competencies, including leadership, program planning, biology, biostatistics, epidemiology, professionalism and more. Each student then completes a specialized concentration in behavioral and community health sciences, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, health policy and management, human genetics or infectious diseases and microbiology. As an alternative to completing the program through a single department, students can opt for a more flexible multidisciplinary track that builds versatility through instruction in multiple health-related fields. In conjunction with the Peace Corps, the Graduate School of Public Health also offers a unique international track that combines rigorous classroom study with two years of experience working in impoverished communities under challenging conditions.

Accreditation
The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health is accredited by the Council for Education on Public Health (CEPH).

#9. Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

One of the oldest colleges in the United States, Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King’s College and took on its current name in 1784. Its internationally recognized Mailman School of Public Health also has a rather long history, dating back to 1922; it is one of the three oldest such schools in the United States. It is also among the most prestigious, frequently ranked among the very best.

Program Overview
Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health offers two Master of Public Health degree programs: the Columbia MPH, which is designed to be completed in two full years of study, and the accelerated MPH or AMPH, which can be finished in one year of intensive study. In either program, students begin with a set of five core studios in the foundations of public health; biological and environmental determinants of health; social, behavioral and structural determinants of health; health systems and methods for research design. From there, students can select one of 24 certificate programs to focus on their preferred interests within the field of public health. Four of the school’s six departments offer the MPH in either the normal or accelerated format; the biostatistics department offers degrees only on the accelerated schedule, while the environmental health sciences department follows the standard schedule exclusively.

Accreditation
Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health is accredited by the Council for Education on Public Health (CEPH).

#10. University of Minnesota School of Public Health

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) was founded in 1944 although the university incorporated public health programs as early as 1874. The SPH was the first in the country to offer a master’s degree in hospital administration, and in 1958, it began the well-known Seven Countries Study that changed views about diet and exercise and their effects on heart attacks and stroke.

Program Overview
The SPH offers a variety of on-campus programs that lead to a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, and within these disciplines, students can often focus on deeper specialties. For example, an environmental health student may specialize in environmental toxicology or environmental infectious diseases among other choices. Some additional MPH disciplines include epidemiology, public health nutrition, and maternal and child health. Programs typically last from two to four years although some accelerated 16-month programs are available. Admissions requirements vary depending on the chosen discipline; some require current medical school enrollment while others allow backgrounds in biology or mathematics. The SPH takes admissions online through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).

Accreditation
The Minnesota SPH receives its accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), and its programs meet competencies set forth by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH).