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MPH Option for University of Massachusetts Medical Students

MPH Option for University of Massachusetts Medical Students

UMMS medical students who are interested in obtaining an MPH degree have the opportunity to complete the degree in the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences Worcester Campus Blended MPH Program (WCMPH). UMMS medical students take a 1-year leave of absence from the Medical School and enroll as graduate students in the WCMPH. The MPH degree is granted by the University of Massachusetts/ Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences. Medical students work with the WCMPH Program Director, Jacalyn Coghlin-Strom MD, MPH, to develop a course of study that meets their career interests.  Some of the core courses and electives are taught in the classroom on the Medical School Campus and the rest are offered online through the UMass Amherst Public Health Practice (PHP) Program.  The cost per 3-credit course is $1860 with a $47 registration fee each semester. Students may apply for student loans to cover the cost of the MPH; no other financial aid is available.

Click here to reach the Worcester Campus MPH Program website

42 credits are required to earn the MPH degree and the breakdown is as follows:

Required Courses – 18 credits:

Biostats 540 - Introductory Biostatistics
Epi 630 - Principles of Epidemiology
HPP 601 - Applications of Social and Behavioral Theories In Public Health Interventions
EHS 565 - Environmental Health Practices
HPP 620 - Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System
HPP 642 - Leadership in Public Health

Click here for a listing of the required courses and course descriptions

Also required:

Practicum experience:  A three credit practicum experience is developed on an individual basis to provide students with the opportunity to work in public health agencies and community-based organizations.

Culminating experience: A three credit MPH project provides students with the opportunity to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom. Each student works with a faculty advisor to identify a project of interest.

Elective Courses – 18 credits:

Click here for a listing of current elective courses

Sample Schedule for One-Year Curriculum in the Blended MPH Program in Worcester

        Course                                   Session                   

   
  Classroom or

      Online           

  Required
  or Elective     
2 PHP on-line electives Summer Session 2
(July-August)
On-line Elective
Biostats 540 - Introductory
Biostatistics
Fall Semester Classroom Required
Epi 630 - Principles of
Epidemiology
Fall Semester Classroom Required
EvnH 565 - Environmental
Health Practices
Fall Semester On-line Required
HPP 620 - Introduction to the
US Health Care System
Fall Semester On-line Required
HPP 642 - Leadership in Public Health Fall Semester On-line  Required

HPP 601 - Applications of
Social and Behavioral Theories
in Public Health Interventions

 Spring Semester On-line  Required
Epi 632 - Applied Epidemiology Spring Semester Classroom Required
Biostats 640 - Intermediate
Biostatistics
Spring Semester Classroom Elective
PHP elective Spring Semester On-line Elective
Elective Summer Session 1
(June-July)
On-line Elective
HPP 698W - Practicum
Experience
Summer sessions 1 & 2
(May-August)
N/A Required
HPP 696D - Culminating
Experience
Summer Sessions 1 & 2
(May-August)
N/A Required