Master of Public Health in Population Mental Health (MPH)
The Rutgers School of Public Health's Master of Public Health (MPH) in Population Mental Health degree prepares students to address the current challenges in mental health practice and reduce the societal burden of emotional distress, mental illness, substance abuse, alcohol use, and suicide.
About the Program
Students will be able to identify biological, psychological, structural, socioeconomic, and sociocultural correlates of population mental health, as well as examine the relationship between stigma, mental health, and health inequity.
Graduates will be able to positively impact mental health policy and provide multifaceted interventions and practices to improve mental health and achieve health equity.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified in Public Health Exam.
Each concentration identifies competencies for each degree offered. These competencies reflect the full range of knowledge, skills, and other attributes that a student will acquire as a result of completing the requirements for a particular degree.
Upon graduation, a student completing the MPH curriculum in Population Mental Health will be able to:
- Examine the relationship between stigma, population mental health, and health inequity;
- Identify biological, psychological, socioeconomic, structural, or sociocultural correlates of population mental health;
- Evaluate the impact of population mental health burden;
- Analyze the policy context and resource dependencies of the mental and behavioral health delivery systems in the U.S.; and
- Evaluate interventions that promote population mental health or wellbeing.
Program Format and Length
The MPH in Population Mental Health degree is offered to students on a full-time or part-time basis. Courses are available in-person, remote, and/or online. Students will complete a total of 45 credits, including a practicum experience and capstone research project.
Students must complete 45 credits of academic work with a minimum GPA of at least 3.0; earn no more than six (6) credits bearing grades less than “B,” and complete the degree requirements within six years. Courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted and semester when each course is typically offered is noted parentheses. Students should review the Forward Schedule for long-term course planning and the Schedule-At-A-Glance for each semester to determine when, where, and how a course is offered.
If completing the program as a full-time student (nine or more credits per semester), the degree requirements may be completed in as little as two years (four to five semesters). Part-time students taking at least six credits per semester may expect to finish within four years. Taking courses in the summer may help expedite part-time students’ timing.
Students are also required to register for and complete an Interprofessional Education activity prior to graduation.
Dual-degree options are available in partnership with other Rutgers University schools.
Students can earn a post-baccalaureate certificate alongside their degree with an additional 6-12 credits. Contact admissions for additional information at email@example.com.
A complete application includes:
- Completion of the online application
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- Statement of goals, one-to-three pages in length, which addresses:
- Interest in the program
- Preparedness for the program
- Goals and aspirations
- Two letters of recommendation with at least one letter from an academic reference if you are currently enrolled in a degree program or have graduated within the last four years.
- Resume or CV
- GRE General Exam (optional)
- TOEFL or IELTS score for applicants educated in a non-native English-speaking country
Applications are accepted on a rolling, space-available basis following the regular deadline.
Core Courses (18 credits)
- PHCO 0501 - Health Systems and Policy
- PHCO 0502 - Principles and Methods of Epidemiology
- PHCO 0503 - Introduction to Environmental Health
- PHCO 0504 - Introduction to Biostatistics (Prerequisite: Quantitative Skills Assessment)
- PHCO 0505 - Social and Behavioral Health Sciences in Public Health
- PHCO 0513 - Leadership and Management Essentials for Public Health
Practicum (3 credits)
Note: Students should review the Practice Experience webpage for information about Practicum.
- PRAC 0715 - Applied Practice Experience (0 credits) [Prerequisite: APE Learning Agreement and select PHCO and concentration courses]
- PRAC 0716 - Practicum Capstone (3 credits) [Prerequisite: Completion of the APE and Practicum Capstone Learning Agreement]
Review the School’s Registration Calendar for important MPH Practice Experience Registration dates specific to PRAC 0715 and PRAC 0716.
Concentration Courses (15 credits)
Note: Students should review the Course Descriptions in the School Catalog for specific information about prerequisites required for required courses and recommended electives.
- HBSP 0581 – Adult Psychopathology for Public Health (Spring)
- HBSP 0582 – Alcohol Use, Society, and Health: A Public Health Perspective (Fall)
- HBSP 0652 – Program Planning and Evaluation (Fall/Spring/Summer)
- HBSP 0680 – Mental Health Services and Systems
- HBSP 0681 – Stigma and Mental Health
Other Requirements (0 credits)
- PRAC 0621 - Interprofessional Education (0 credits) [Fall/Spring]
Students are required to register for and complete an Interprofessional Education activity prior to graduation.
Recommended Elective Courses (9 credits)
Substitutions may be made with the approval from the faculty advisor.
- HBSP 0600 – Health Behavior and Policy Research Design and Methods (Fall/Spring/Summer)
- HBSP 0602 – Long Term Effects of Child Inequality & Adversity (Fall)
- HBSP 0603 – Mental Health and Aging (Spring)
- HBSP 0621 – Health Care Economics (Fall/Spring)
- HBSP 0624 – Population Health & Public Policy (Fall)
- HBSP 0653 – Modifying Health Behaviors (Spring)
- HBSP 0654 – Public Health Communications/Risk Communication (Spring)
- HBSP 0655 – Social Marketing (Fall)
- HBSP 0660 – Dissemination and Implementation Research for Health Promotion (Spring)
- UGPH 0621 – Public Health and Health Disparities (Fall)
- UGPH 0640 – LGBTQ Health: Global History & Context (Fall)
- UGPH 0642 – LGBTQ Health and Health Disparities (Spring)
- UGPH 0644 – Methods for Hard to Reach Populations (Fall)
- UGPH 0646 – Transgender Health (Fall)
- UGPH 0684 – Public Health Aspects of HIV Prevention & Care (Spring)