The Master of Public Health at West Chester University is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students as leaders in the fields of community health, health care management, and environmental health. Our MPH students are taught as practitioners. They develop skills and learn to apply their knowledge across disciplines for the promotion and protection of health in human populations. The MPH at West Chester University is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.
Designed to train public health practitioners, managers, leaders, and researchers, the Community Health concentration within the MPH program applies the principles of social and behavioral sciences to plan, design, implement, manage, and evaluate public health programs in a broad range of community-based settings. Students in this concentration build the skills necessary to conduct a needs assessment, identify strategies for addressing unmet needs, design public health interventions for diverse communities, conduct program evaluation and research in community settings and clearly and effectively communicate health information to different target audiences.
The Health Care Management concentration within the Master of Public Health prepares students to serve in highly regulated environments that are often subject to political forces within health care organizations, including hospitals, mental health clinics, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, managed care organizations, and multidisciplinary physician groups. Health Care Managers are crucial to the effective and efficient delivery of health services and programs. Their jobs vary dramatically from day to day, but generally involve planning, organizing, coordinating, and supervising the delivery of services. This concentration offers online courses.
The Environmental Health Concentration prepares students for careers dedicated to the protection of human health and the environment. Our program embraces the broad environmental ethic of sustainability through human cooperation with nature, including basic rights to a safe home and workplace; clean water supplies for human consumption, recreation and wildlife; safe and available food supply; waste and energy management; and careful resource management for the future. Graduates of the program have the technical and professional skills to improve the quality of air, water, soil, and food using technology to measure and control pollutants, both indoors and outdoors by working with multidisciplinary teams of professionals.
The Master of Public Health Undergraduate Fast Track Program allows qualified undergraduates to get a head start on their graduate careers, resulting in both an undergraduate degree and an MPH in five years rather than six. Students enroll in two graduate MPH courses and two approved 400-level health or environmental health courses during their senior year, completing 12-credits of graduate work at undergraduate pricing. Completion of the MPH degree takes place as a full-time student in the following year. The MPH Program also prepares students to participate in a practicum (Applied Learning Experience I and II) to gain hands-on public health experience in a variety of settings (hospitals, health departments, government agencies, non-profit agencies, and corporate sites)
• In-class and online course formats.
• Community Health Track courses in the accelerated format.
• A wide variety of practicum opportunities.
• Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.
• Opportunities for student participation in faculty research projects.
• Competency based curriculum.
• A wide variety of faculty research opportunities in public health.
What can I do with this degree?
Many of the skills gained through the Master of Public Health are transferable across any career path. Here are just a few of the positions our recent graduates have accepted:
• Assistant professor
• Clinical pharmacy specialist
• Community Health Educator
• Emergency management planner
• Environmental Health Care Manager
• Health Care Administration Manager
• Health Care Data Analyst
• Health Educator
• Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health Leader
• Infection prevention associate
• Nutrition Educator
• Occupational Health and Safety Manager
• Patient engagement and business development • Prevention Specialist
• Program Developer
• Program Manager
• Public Health Educator
• Regulatory Affairs Specialist
• Research associate
• Senior environmental health safety specialist
• Social service specialist
Our graduates can be found in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Here are some of the organizations where you’ll find WCU MPH alumni:
• American Lung Association
• Burlington County Office of Emergency Planning
• Chester County Department of Health
• Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
• Creighton University
• Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
• Johnson & Johnson
• Main Line Health System
• National Board of Medical Examiners
• University of Pennsylvania Health System
• U.S. department of Veteran Affairs
• West Pharmaceutical Services