Master of Public Health

MPH Students

MPH Students

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M.P.H. students focus their studies in one of the following areas: Biostatistics, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Health Care Management, Health Policy, or Social and Behavioral Sciences. The Global Health Concentration or Regulatory Affairs Certification may be added to any of the areas of study. All M.P.H. students are encouraged to pursue elective courses from other departments within YSPH and from throughout the University in order to benefit from the strengths of Yale’s graduate and professional schools, and to understand the complexity and multidimensionality of public health issues. 

A unique sequencing of courses, community-based practice activities, and field or laboratory research provides students with multiple opportunities to tailor their academic programs to their specific career interests.

Core Curriculum MPH

Students in the traditional two-year M.P.H. program are required to complete 20
course units, which include the core curriculum, departmental requirements, and electives
both within YSPH and in other schools at the University. Course units are not given for
seminars and colloquia.

Full-time students must carry a minimum of 4 course units per term for four terms
and must complete all course requirements (including the thesis) within five years of

Part-time student status is granted to those students taking fewer than 4 course units
per term. Part-time students are encouraged to take at least 2 course units per term
and must complete all course requirements (including the thesis) within five years of

Core Curriculum for the Traditional Two-Year M.P.H. Degree

BIS 505a and b Introduction to Statistical Thinking I & II 1 course unit each term
CDE/EMD 508a Principles of Epidemiology I 1 course unit
EPH 515b Introduction to Research and Professional Ethics Seminar 0 course unit
EPH 520c Summer Internship 0 course unit
EPH 525b Thesis 2 course units

One of the following:

CDE 505a Social and Behavioral Influences on Health 1 course unit
CDE 571b Psychosocial and Behavioral Epidemiology 1 course unit

One of the following:

EHS 503a Introduction to Toxicology 1 course unit
EHS 510a Contemporary Issues in Environmental Health 1 course unit
EHS 511b Applied Risk Assessment 1 course unit

One of the following:

HPA 510a Health Policy and Health Systems 1 course unit
HPA 560b Health Care Finance and Delivery 1 course unit

Public Health Practice requirement All students in the M.P.H. program are required to complete a Public Health Practice experience. YSPH Public Health Practice requirement guidelines are outlined in Appendix I. There are four options for satisfying this requirement:

EPH 500b Public Health Practicum 1 course unit
EPH 520c Summer Internship (with prior approval from the Office of Community Health) 0 course units
EPH 542b Community Health Program Planning 1 course unit
HPA 555a or b Health Management Practicum (HPA/HMP students only) 1 course unit

MPH Competencies

Core Competencies

Upon completing the core curriculum of the MPH program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge base in the disciplines of biostatistics, chronic and infectious disease epidemiology, health systems, public policy, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health.
  • Apply basic research skills to specific public health problems in both group and individual settings, including the ability to define problems; construct, articulate and test hypotheses; draw conclusions; and communicate findings to a variety of audiences.
  • Explain the interrelationships between a multitude of factors that can impact on a public health problem, including scientific, medical, environmental, cultural, social, behavioral, economic, political, and ethical factors.
  • Review, critique, and evaluate public health reports and research articles.
  • Apply public health concepts, principles, and methodologies obtained through formal course work to actual problems experienced in the community or work environment.
  • Critically evaluate programs, interventions, and outcomes that relate to public health practice.
  • Apply ethical standards and professional values as they relate to the practice of public health.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the social context within which public health professionals practice.

Incoming MPH Class Profile

Fall 2013

Class Size153
Men / Women31% / 69%
Average Age25
Schools Represented86
States Represented30
Diversity Population18%
International Students23%
Average GRE ScoreN/A*
Average GPAN/A**

*No minimum standardized test scores exist for acceptance into the program, and no averages or medians are calculated. However, due to the significant quantitative nature of the program, a successful applicant typically scores in the 50th percentile or above on the quantitative section.

**No minimum grade point average (GPA) exists for acceptance into the program, and no average GPAs are calculated.

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