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Master of Public Health


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Master of Public Health

Sturzebecker Health Science Center
855 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Name: Dr. Lynn Carson
Phone: 610-436-2245 | 610-436-2138


Mission and Values

The mission of the MPH Program in the Department of Health is to enable students to develop skills and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines for the promotion and protection of health in human populations and to serve as effective practitioners and leaders in the fields of community health, health care management, environmental health, or nutrition.

Core Values of MPH Program

The core values of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program are shaped by the following two interrelated convictions:

  • Health is central to human existence, as it impacts both the quality and quantity of life of all individuals.
  • Public health is vital for enhancing the health of individuals and their communities.

To promote the health of individuals and communities, all public health professionals (students, staff, faculty, and others affiliated with the program) are invited to adopt and further the following core values:

  • Seeking and sharing knowledge and wisdom.
  • Lifelong learning for self and others.
  • Taking responsibility for one's actions.
  • Ensuring the highest personal and professional integrity.
  • Cultivating deep compassion for those suffering from ill health.
  • Committing to and supporting diversity of individuals, views, programs, and institutions.
  • Respecting, always, human dignity and human rights.
  • Promoting social justice and justice for all.

We believe the cultivation and practice of these personal and professional values translates into the following for our MPH Program:

  • An academic model that values the integration of the scholarship of teaching, research, and community service.
  • A commitment to student-centered learning.
  • Shared governance of every aspect of the program.
  • A learning environment characterized by objective, evidence-based knowledge.
  • Meaningful, active experiential learning and community service.
  • Collaboration and mentoring not only among the faculty but also between the faculty and our students.
  • A global public health view.
  • An engaged, seriousness of purpose to improve the health of individuals and the communities in which they live.

Goals and Objectives

Goal statements and objectives for the MPH Program are divided into three key areas of education, research and service.

Student Learning Outcomes


Goal Statement

To graduate students who are competent in core areas of public health for their career goals in practice, research, and/or teaching.


To achieve this program goal, the MPH program will:

  1. Require all students in the MPH Program to complete MPH core courses (HEA 520: Public Health Epidemiology, HEA 526: Biostatistics in Public Health, ENV 530: General Environmental Health, HEA 516: Health Care Management, HEA 632: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health, HEA 648: Research Methods) and 90% of these students will complete these courses with a B or better grade.
  2. Provide a competency-based curriculum in the MPH Core and Elective Tracks that will support the development of skills and knowledge that will enable students to identify and assess needs of populations, plan, implement and evaluate programs to protect and promote the health of populations with 90% of students completing all elective track courses with a B or better grade.
  3. Provide MPH Core and Elective Track courses to enhance and expand the learning experience in relation to the individual student's interests in public health and 90% of the students completing the core and track course assessments will report that stated course objectives and learner outcomes have been met.
  4. Provide students diverse opportunities to apply public health knowledge and skills through community service practicum experiences and 90% of the students who graduate from the MPH Program will successfully complete the Applied Learning Experience (ALE I and II) with a B or better grade.
  5. Prepare students for employment in public health or related fields and 80% of MPH students, seeking to do so, will be employed as public health practitioners or in a related health profession within a year of graduation.


Research Goal Statement

To provide students and faculty the opportunity to participate in public health theory and practice research activities.


To achieve this program goal, the MPH program will:

  1. Promote research activities through course work and practicum experiences (Applied Learning Experience Major Project) that will enable students and faculty to address important public health issues and problems with 100% of the MPH students engaging in at least one significant research activity through a course (HEA648) and/or practicum experience (Applied Learning Experience Major Project).
  2. MPH Faculty will actively engage in scholarship with 80% of the faculty demonstrating evidence of scholarly activities with at least one presentation at a professional conference in a three year period.
  3. MPH Faculty will actively engage in scholarship with 80% of the faculty demonstrating evidence of scholarly activities through the publication of at least one article in a peer reviewed journal in a three year period.


Goal Statement

To involve students and faculty in activities which promote and support service to the university, public health profession and community.


To achieve this program goal, the MPH program will:

  1. Involve students in service activities at the program level by having students serve as representatives on MPH standing and ad hoc committees with at least 1-2 MPH students participating with faculty in MPH standing and ad hoc committees during the academic year.
  2. Respond to community agencies' requests for student and faculty involvement in service projects that focus on providing assistance and solutions to community health problems with student participation of at least one community service activity during the completion of the degree program.
  3. Provide continuing education and professional development opportunities for public health practitioners with the MPH Program sponsoring at least one public health related conference during the academic year along with additional professional development activities for public health practitioners and other health care professionals.
  4. Provide students and faculty the opportunity to participate in public health professional organizations. 100% of the MPH faculty and 80% of the MPH students will become and/or maintain their membership in various public health professional organizations.
  5. Require MPH faculty to actively engage in community service with 100% of the MPH Faculty participating in some form of community service directly related to the MPH Program at the local, state, national and/or international level.


Focus on Diversity

The Master of Public Health Program embraces the concept of diversity as central to our Mission and to the values of West Chester University. Diversity is reflected in our programs and course offerings and our faculty and students. In particular, we create learning opportunities for our students that foster an appreciation for diversity within the student body, the faculty and in the communities where we live and work.

The focus on diversity underlies all we do, since civility, respect, and appreciation of diversity are essential to the development of effective public health practitioners.

Demographic Characteristics of MPH Students

2010 (n = 146)


  • Female: 74.6%
  • Male: 25.4%


  • African American: 34.9%
  • Native American: 1.4%
  • Asian: 5.5%
  • Latino: 1.4%
  • White: 43.1%
  • International Student: 13.7%

Programs and Offices

Below is a sampling of links to programs and offices at WCU that address issues of diversity.

The Office of Social Equity assists the University through collaborative efforts with all departments and offices in achieving its commitments to the principles of equity and affirmative action.

The Frederick Douglass Institute is a university program for advancing multicultural studies across the curriculum and for deepening the intellectual heritage of Frederick Douglass, the former slave, distinguished orator, journalist, author, and statesman. Douglass, who was a frequent visitor to the West Chester area, gave his last public lecture on West Chester's campus on February 1, 1895.

The Women's Center promotes a campus community that values the safety, equality, and intellectual advancement of women at West Chester University.

The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) offers services for students with physical and learning disabilities. The OSSD is designed to assist students in making a successful transition to college life. We take a proactive stance that encourages students to understand their needs and strengths in order to best advocate for themselves.

Additional Services and Programs