About the Master of Public Health Program

Public health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health and efficiency through organized community effort (Winslow, 1920). The mission is to assure conditions in which people can be healthy (IOM, 1988).

Why is Public Health for You?

  • The Master of Public Health (MPH) is recognized globally as the primary professional practice degree in the field of public health.
  • Public Health is an interdisciplinary field made up of a broad array of professionals in health (dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and veterinarians), social work, nutrition, environmental science, education, biostatistics, epidemiology, health services, law, urban planning and many other fields. Public health practitioners unite in a common goal of promoting health, preventing disease and injury, protecting the environment, and assuring optimal health services. Efforts are focused on communities and populations.
  • Students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds pursue the MPH degree.

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The MPH Program at Iowa

The MPH program at the University of Iowa College of Public Health prepares students for public health practice by providing instruction in the five core disciplines of the field: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, and social and behavioral sciences. Additionally, students complete a 200-hour capstone practice project in a public health setting.

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