Public Health Practice and Policy

MPH in Public Health Practice and Policy

There’s a growing demand for skilled healthcare professionals with the cutting edge knowledge and exemplary leadership skills to meet the growing number of societal, technological, ethical, financial, and public health challenges. The Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice and Policy provides a multi-disciplinary curriculum for healthcare professionals to assume leadership roles in addressing important public health practice and policy issues nationally and globally. Increase your marketable expertise, professional flexibility and mobility, and career advancement readiness. The program is offered through the Department of Health Services Administration in the School of Public Health.

The Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice and Policy (MPH-Public Health Practice and Policy) is a 45-credit, multi-disciplinary curriculum that includes evidence-based approaches to public health, public health and health care systems, planning and management to promote health, policy in public health, leadership, communication, inter-professional practice and systems thinking, public health management, health policy and services, health law and economics, public health research methods, and foundations of environmental health, with learning how to translate knowledge into effective day-to-day practice. The curriculum also includes an internship and a capstone project that integrates all course learning and experiences. The program may be completed in 24 months of full-time study; part-time study is welcomed. Online instruction is supplemented by a total of four to five weekend days of residency held at the UMD College Park campus.

The MPH-Public Health Practice and Policy features online instruction, offering flexibility and accessibility that fits in with personal and professional responsibilities. UMD's online learning environment delivers online content through easy to use web-based technology that enables learning in an engaging, interactive environment. Instruction is provided by the School of Public Health faculty and experts from prominent public health organizations. The program uses the semester academic calendar:  fall and spring semester (16 weeks each) and Summer Session (two 6-week sessions).

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