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Master of Public Health Option for Clinicians

About the MPH Option for Clinicians

The Master of Public Health Option for Clinicians is a way for clinicians to gain expertise in a particular public health area.

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Fast Facts



Part- or Full-Time

Completion option

Program Overview

The purpose of the MPH Option for Clinicians is to prepare clinicians with the information and skills required to critically approach and explore issues surrounding healthcare with a broadened public health perspective. 

The traditional MPH program is 45-credits and the MPH Option for Clinicians degree is 42-credits. Three credits of elective coursework is reduced to account for the knowledge clinicians have regarding the biomedical basis of disease.

Accordion Content

  • The competencies are informed by the traditional public health core knowledge areas (biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, health services administration and environmental health sciences), as well as cross-cutting and emerging public health areas.

    The MPH Option for Clinicians is available in all MPH concentrations.

    Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health

    • Apply epidemiological methods to settings and situations in public health practice
    • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
    • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming, and software, as appropriate
    • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy, or practice

    Public Health & Health Care Systems

    • Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
    • Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities, and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community, and systemic levels

    Planning & Management to Promote Health

    • Assess population needs, assets, and capacities that affect communities’ health
    • Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design, implementation, or critique of public health policies or programs
    • Design a population-based policy, program, project, or intervention
    • Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
    • Select methods to evaluate public health programs

    Policy in Public Health

    • Discuss the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
    • Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
    • Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
    • Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity


    • Apply leadership and/or management principles to address a relevant issue
    • Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges


    • Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
    • Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
    • Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content

    Interprofessional Practice

    • Integrate perspectives from other sectors and/or professions to promote and advance population health

    Systems Thinking

    • Apply a systems thinking tool to visually represent a public health issue in a format other than standard narrative
  • Clinicians eligible for the 42-credit degree option include clinicians who have completed an accredited undergraduate program in the U.S. or its equivalent -AND- are currently licensed as a “health care provider” in a U.S. state or territory. Health care providers include: doctor of medicine or osteopathy, podiatrist, dentist, physician assistant, chiropractor, psychologist, optometrist, nurse practitioner, nurse-midwife, pharmacist, registered dietician, social worker, or licensed professional counselor or therapist who is authorized to practice by a State and is performing within the scope of their practice as defined by State law. Visit the school's Policies, Procedures, and Forms webpage for more information.

  • Students may complete one or more Certificate programs alongside their MPH degree to further enhance their skills and expertise in a specialized area. No more than six (6) credits may be counted towards the curricular requirements for a degree and a certificate program. Students who wish to request an internal certificate must complete and submit a Request for Internal Certificate form. The requested Certificate program will review the student's original admissions file and the student's transcript.

    • Public Health Core Courses (18 credits)
    • Applied Practice Experience (0 credits)
    • Practicum Capstone (3 credits)
    • Concentration Required Courses (15-18 credits)
    • Electives (3-6 credits)*
    • Interprofessional Educational Experience
    • Complete Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online training on Human Subject Research Protections (For Students Enrolled Fall 2024 and After)

    *The difference between the traditional MPH degree (45-credits) and the MPH Option for Clinicians (42-credits) is the elimination of one elective course (3 credits).