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Urban — Global Public Health

Master of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Public Health (45 credits)

The MPH in Urban Public Health concentration will prepare students to advance the health and well-being in diverse, dynamic, and often marginalized, urban populations in New Jersey, the United States, and the world. With a focus on health disparities, students will examine how the characteristics of the urban environment can affect health and well-being. Through innovative coursework and a practicum, the MPH in Urban Public Health concentration will train diverse and skilled professionals who promote and protect the health of urban communities. The Rutgers School of Public Health will be preparing the next generation of urban public health leaders and professionals who promote and protect the health of urban communities by understanding and applying the multiple, fluid, dynamic, intersectional identities of urban populations.


Competencies for the Master of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Public Health (45 credits)

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 Urban Public Health will be able to:

  • Analyze the role of individual, biological, social, economic, political, and environmental factors that influence the health status of urban populations
  • Use relevant sources (including public health literature and qualitative and quantitative data) to identify the health status and disparities in urban populations and communities
  • Examine the characteristics, unique health challenges, and opportunities of urban populations and communities
  • Determine the strengths and limitations of different theories and modern paradigms to an urban public health issue
  • Evaluate the scientific evidence related to urban public health issues
  • Apply methods to develop and assess programs and strategies that protect or endanger the health and well-being of urban populations


Curriculum for the Master of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Public Health (45 credits)

Students seeking the MPH in Urban Public Health degree must complete 45 credits of academic work with a minimum GPA of least 3.0; earn no more than nine (9) 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 Course Schedule for each semester to determine when, where, and how a course is offered.

  • 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.
    • REQUIRED 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.
      • UGPH 0605 - Qualitative Research Methods (Fall)
      • UGPH 0621 - Public Health and Health Disparities (Fall)
      • UGPH 0680 - Urban Public Health (Spring)
      • HBSP 0652 - Program Planning and Evaluation (Fall/Spring/Summer)
  • Choose one of the following two:
    • EPID 0621 - Survey Research in Epidemiology (Fall)
    • HBSP 0600 - Health Behavior and Policy Research Design and Methods (Fall/Spring/Summer)
    • OTHER REQUIREMENTS (0 credits) -- For Students Enrolled Fall 2018 and After
      • 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)
      • Courses in urban public health as approved by advisor