Public Health Education

Educational & experiential training opportunities in public health, preventive medicine and community medicine

Graduate Training in Public Health

Masters of Public Health

What is an MPH?According to the University of Connecticut’s Center for Public Health and Health Policy, “the Master of Public Health is a professional degree program, accredited by the national Council on Education for Public Health, for individuals seeking training and experience in applied public health practice. The program faculty represents the population-based health sciences. The MPH Program’s mission is to prepare public health professionals to achieve high standards of leadership through exemplary education, public service, and research (UCONN, 2007). Is an MPH for me?This is the most frequently asked question that medical students have about public health. Please check out the AMSA MD/DO-MPH guide as a starting point to determine if, when, and where you should pursue a Masters in Public Health. Where can I pursue an MPH?Check out the AMSA MD/DO-MPH guide linked above and visit the Association of Schools of Public Health. The ASPH website provides a complete listing of MPH programs, as well as medical institutions offering the joint MD-DO/MPH degree program.

Masters of Public Policy

What is an MPP?The Masters of Public Policy degree affords students the opportunity to better explore the complex world of policymaking – policymaking not just limited to the health care arena. In many programs, students learn the skills necessary for policy evaluation, implementation, and associated economic factors. Policy areas studied include social policy, science, environmental, & technological policy, public law, comparative policy, and more advanced methods of analysis. Where can I pursue an MPP?The following schools offer graduate programs in public policy, as well as informative websites: Brown University,American University, Michigan State University (this is NOT a complete list).

Masters of Health Administration

What is an MHA?The Masters in Health Administration is a degree designed for preparing future managerial leaders in the healthcare “industry.” Areas studies include, but are not limited to finance, management, decision-making, strategic leadership, and analysis. Where can I pursue and MHA?Many institutions offer MHA programs. Although there is no one list of all programs, use your judgement in selecting an appropriate program (e.g. try to avoid online programs that do not seem to mention some form of accreditation, avoid programs that you have never heard of, etc.).

Graduate Training in Preventive Medicine

Preventive Medicine Residencies & FellowshipsThe preventive medicine residency generally consists of 3 components: 1 year of clinical training in a primary care setting, 1 year for MPH training, and 1 year of practicum (interning at a state health agency, working for the Department of Health and Human Services, etc.). The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is the professional organization uniting the field of preventive medicine. For a current listing of residency/fellowship training in preventive medicine, visit the ACPM website.

Medical School Electives/Summer Enrichment in Community & Public Health

Community & Public Health Resources

Public Health Links

Funding Opportunities

First, your school or institution may have access to funding databases!Ask your Office of Sponsored Programs or Office of Information and Communications about access to resources like SPIN, COS, and The Foundation Center. Second, this is NOT an exhaustive list, but a few examples to get you started.