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2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Dec 02, 2023
2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Multidisciplinary, MPH

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Program Requirements

The mission of the Multidisciplinary Master of Public Health (MMPH) degree program is to prepare doctoral level health professionals to practice in community, public, and global health settings. They will use population-based concepts, health education, health promotion and the preventive components of public and personal health care and practice. The educational program provides these individuals who have varied health science backgrounds with the advanced public health training in which they can incorporate and apply the public health knowledge and skills in a public or private setting. The program is designed to foster a comprehensive overview to bridge the gaps among public health disciplines and subdisciplines. The MMPH is uniquely designed for individuals with advanced degrees (MD, RN, DDS, DO…) and allows them the freedom to self-design their MPH. Comprised of the Pitt Public Health core curriculum (19-21 credits) the students are encouraged to choose electives from varied public health departments to form an area of focus of relevance to them. This self-designed degree gives the student the flexibility necessary to work around busy clinical schedules. Upon completion of the MMPH, students will have an understanding of statistics, health policy, research design and the ability to contribute to new research in their chosen fields of interest.

In addition to the Public Health core courses, students must complete a master’s essay under the guidance of a faculty committee and register for a practicum experience. The curriculum consists of 42 credits and can be completed in a year.

Although the program has a 42 credit requirement, six credits of advanced standing or transfer credits may be applied, making it possible for an eligible student to complete 36 credits.


Aside from the core requirements, the MMPH curriculum is flexible. The student should work with the program director upon admission to identify competencies (goals) for his or her program, and suggested courses for achieving those competencies. Additionally, students must complete a 200 hour practicum and a final essay.

* No more than six credits may be taken in other university graduate programs.

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