What is Public Health?
Population health. Healthcare analytics. GIS-mapping and analysis. Epidemiology and biostatistics. Health education and coaching. Health advocacy and policy development. Program development and evaluation. This is public health.
Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities in which they live, learn, work, and play. While a doctor treats people who are sick, those working in public health focus on prevention of illness and injury by addressing their fundamental causes and through promotion of healthy lifestyles, reduction of environmental hazards, ensuring access to quality medical care, and beyond (American Public Health Association).
Public health professionals work in health systems, health departments, universities, government, and non-profit sectors. They work to alleviate health disparities across the population and engage with high-need communities. They work with the very young, with aging populations, and with everyone in between. There are vast opportunities for success in public health across a range of settings, populations, and health conditions. How will you use your Passion for Prevention?
Public health practitioners address specific health conditions including:
- Reproductive and sexual health
- Tobacco, alcohol, and other drug abuse
- Physical activity and sedentary behavior
- Poor nutrition
- Cancer control and prevention
- Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and other chronic diseases
- HIV, influenza, zika, and other infectious diseases
- Lead poisoning, asthma, and other environmentally-driven health conditions
- School health needs and community violence prevention
Public health students and graduates work with different populations including:
- Women, children & adolescents
- Student health & college wellness
- Employee health & worksite wellness
- Older adults
- Rural vs urban communities
- International populations
Public health students and graduates work in different work settings such as:
- Hospitals and health systems
- Local, state, and federal government
- Local, federal, and international non-profit organizations
Public health students and graduates use a range of public health skills and approaches including:
- Behavior change interventions and health education
- Program development and evaluation
- Social media-based prevention & social marketing
- Epidemiology and health research
- Development of health policy
- Administration of health services
- GIS Mapping and health informatics
ESU MPH Program Details
Through coursework and field-based experiences, MPH students develop the public health competencies needed to positively impact the health of populations. The applied research and practice capstone experiences allow students can tailor a substantial portion of the program directly to their preferred of public health focus, gaining valuable experience while making a difference in the community.
Traditional in-person courses are supplemented by hybrid and online course offerings to enhance flexibility in scheduling. Three approaches to MPH completion at ESU are listed below. Completion of each track is possible without ever needing to be on campus more than two days per week!
- A 12-month accelerated degree completion track is for highly qualified and motivated students. Begin with two online courses just before joining us on campus, take ~14 credits per term in the fall and spring semesters, wrap up your capstone experiences in May and June and have your degree before the year is out!
- Traditional full-time students (9-credits per term) can complete the program in two academic years.
- Part-time degree completion is also available.
The MPH program has been accredited by Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 1990. CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit public health programs; it establishes a uniform set of criteria all public health programs must meet. East Stroudsburg University’s MPH program meets CEPH’s rigorous standards for education in public health and does so with lower tuition costs than do most other MPH programs.
Application to the MPH in Community Health at ESU is rolling and students may initiate study in the fall, spring, or summer terms. For priority admission to the 12-month accelerated degree completion track and to be considered for graduate assistantships, applications should be submitted by February 28th. Application materials and general application questions should be directed to the Graduate College.
Applications must include:
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- An undergraduate minimum grade point average of 2.50 (4.00 basis) and a 3.00 in the area of specialization during the junior and senior years.
- Completion of the GRE.*
- ESU Graduate College application.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Professional resume or CV.
- A purpose statement outlining interests and experiences relevant to public health study and goals surrounding graduate study.
*The GRE requirement is waived for students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or above and for those with recent MCAT scores or their equivalent. Contact the program director with questions.
Professional Licensure Disclosures and Distance Learning State Authorization: Applicants who are applying to programs that may lead to licensure in states other than Pennsylvania must be aware of the various state professional licensure requirements. Please see ESU's professional licensure disclosures and check licensure requirements by occupation and state at CareerOneStop.