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2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Apr 20, 2024
2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Multidisciplinary, MPH

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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 design their MPH. Comprised of the Pitt Public Health core curriculum (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 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.

MMPH Requirments

  • Students must complete a master’s essay, and register for 1‐2 credits of PUBHLT 2002. The essay serves as the synthesizing document and should demonstrate a mastery of public health concepts, principles and practice. The essay may be based upon the practicum experience or may be another related or unrelated research product, program proposal, or literature review. The essay topic and committee members must be chosen in concert with the program director, ideally, as early as possible in the student’s path in the program. Research involving human subjects must be approved by the University of Pittsburgh’s Institutional Review Board. Credits / Units: 1-2 credits

  • Students are required to complete a practicum and, depending upon other course credits, will register for 1-3 credits of PUBHLT 2029.  The practicum is individually arranged between the student, practicum advisor, and MMPH program director. Depending on student interest, the practicum can blend the student’s existing clinical or professional work with additional experience that has a public health focus. The practicum requires a minimum of 200 hours and be documented in the student’s e-Portfolio.  The learning agreement must be completed before initiating the practicum experience. Students are responsible for completing the requirements of the e-Portfolio. The Academic Advisor is responsible for verifying that all required paperwork has been submitted and that all necessary school and departmental competencies have been met. Credits / Units: 1-3 credits

MMPH Electives

Add electives as recommended by academic advisors to earn total credits required for the program. 

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