Public Health focuses on broad community initiatives to promote health through efforts to help protect the population's health status. The EWU Master of Public Health (MPH) program is an interdisciplinary approach bringing together many academic disciplines to promote a broad intellectual framework. For problem solving the challenges emerging in public health, there are external influences such as the physical and social environment, as well as internal factors like personal behaviors and the genetic makeup which impact the status of an individual's health. These determinants of health define the role of public health in the healthcare delivery system. The Master of Public Health program strives to provide the student with both analytical and practical knowledge and the skills to assume positions in improving the public's health and effective integration with healthcare delivery systems.
What can I do with my degree?
Opportunities in Public Health are rapidly expanding. MPH graduates would be eligible for roles throughout the Public (including City/ State/ Government) and Private (including for profit and not-for-profit sectors) health and allied sectors. Such roles include, but are not limited to:
- health educators
- emergency management directors
- administrative service managers
- occupational health
- safety professionals
- environmental scientists and specialists
- community planners
- health and safety engineers
- supervisors of fire and prevention services
Public Health has been defined as the "the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals."