Master of Public Health

Application for this degree program is available through SOPHAS at


The MPH degree provides students with a clear understanding of the roles of the core disciplines in public health. It also provides students with sufficient knowledge of the theory and terminology used by these disciplines to allow effective participation in interdisciplinary public health efforts and with specialized skills in at least one public health discipline. Your area of specialization should play an important role in your choice of concentration(s) and, consequently, in your location (New Brunswick or Newark).


Students seeking the MPH degree must complete 45 credits of academic work with an average grade of "B" or better. This coursework is distributed as follows:

15 CREDITS in core areas of public health: Students in all departments must take the following five core courses: Health Education and Behavioral Science in Public Health, Health Systems and Policy, Introduction to Biostatistics, Introduction to Environmental Health, and Principles and Methods of Epidemiology. Students must take a quantitative skills assessment before registering for the core course in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. We have designed a quantitative skill assessment screening test to help identify students who may have a weak math background or lack quantitative preparation. The assessment reviews basic quantitative skills and logic that is required in both the Biostatistics and the Epidemiology course. Based upon performance on the quantitative skills assessment, each student will be advised if he or she needs additional preparation prior to registering for the course. At the Newark location, students may take Biostatistics Recitation. Biostat Recitation is a free two hour complimentary help session for Introduction to Biostatistics. The purpose of the recitation is to provide students two hours each week with a teaching assistant (dedicated to the School) who will review material covered in Introduction to Biostatistics, answer homework questions and provide help for students who have had little experience with algebra or have not taken any algebra or statistics courses in many years. Credit is not given for recitation and is open to all students registered for Introduction to Biostatistics in a given semester.

9 - 15 CREDITS of courses required by the concentration: Students enrolled at the New Brunswick location may concentrate in one of the following areas: Biostatistics, Environmental & Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Global Public Health, Health Education & Behavioral Science, or Health Systems & Policy. Students enrolled at the Newark location may concentrate in Dental Public Health, Epidemiology, or Urban Health Administration. To determine which courses are required for specific concentrations, please click here to go the Departments/Concentrations webpages. Because courses are specific for each concentration, it is essential that students meet with their advisors each semester to discuss specific course selections and to have their schedules approved. Please refer to the Academic Advisement section of the School of Public Health's catalog.

9 - 12 CREDITS of elective courses: Please refer to the concentration's description for specific recommended electives for each concentration. If a student identifies courses that do not appear in the Catalog, approval to take the course must be obtained from the department advisor prior to registration.

6 CREDITS of fieldwork: This includes a Fieldwork project, a final written report and an oral presentation. Students actively registered for Fieldwork must attend regular Fieldwork seminars to discuss issues related to their Fieldwork project. All concentrations require a formal written summary of the Fieldwork experience. One (1) credit is given to plan the Fieldwork project (Fieldwork I) and five (5) credits are given for implementation and write-up (Fieldwork II). Click here to go the Fieldwork webpage for more information.


Students may complete the requirements for two of the concentration areas. For example, a student can combine Health Education & Behavioral Science with Epidemiology. To achieve this, the student typically has two advisors, one from each concentration. The double major consists of a student taking all required concentration courses from both disciplines, usually requiring 51-54 credits in total (as compared to the minimum of 45 credits for the MPH degree). The Fieldwork requirement is coordinated between the two advisors and reflects both disciplines (six credits). Students who wish to request a dual concentration must complelete and submit a Dual Department form. Individual concentration areas may have limitations or requirements on double concentrations. Students should consult an advisor from each area for complete information.


For physicians interested in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program is a two year postgraduate medical training program leading to eligibility for certification in Occupational Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. The Rutgers OEM program is affiliated with both the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Rutgers School of Public Health. Residents complete the MPH during this period. For further information contact: please contact the program coordinator, Rutgers Residency Program in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 170 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854 | phone: (848) 445-6093.


For physicians interested in Preventive Medicine, the Preventive Medicine Residency Program is a two year postgraduate medical training program leading to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. The Program is coordinated by the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School on the Rutgers Health Sciences Campus at Newark. Residents complete the MPH during this period. Grant stipend support may beavailable to qualified applicants. For further information contact: please contact the director of the Preventive Medicine Residency, Dr. Pauline Thomas, Department of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, MSB F592, 185 South Orange Ave, Newark, NJ 07101 | phone: (973) 972-9384.


At New Brunswick, students may select a cross-department option leading to a specialization in Quantitative Health Care Assessment. This option requires 45 credits that includes all core courses, credits from Epidemiology and Health Systems & Policy concentrations. Six credits of Fieldwork approved by the Department Chairs of Epidemiology and Health Systems & Policy are also required. Click here to go to the Department of Epidemiology website for more information.