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Master of Public Health

Earn the versatility of a public health degree in our forward-thinking M.P.H. program. Based in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the degree prepares you to define, critically assess, and resolve public health problems by applying the theories, concepts, and principles of public health. To meet the rapidly changing needs of health service professionals, including preventive medicine specialists, the curriculum accommodates a diversity of backgrounds and individual career goals.

What you'll study

Core courses such as epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health. Elective courses, such as women's health and global health. A required, six-credit public health field experience to enhance your skills. And you can choose community health projects and research as elective projects.

How you'll learn more

Online or on-site courses. Full or part-time study. You’ll connect with experts in the fields of epidemiology, program management and health policy. You’ll be exposed to research on homelessness, genomics, tobacco cessation, and more. Your supervised field experience will result in a professional report in your area of interest.

Where it can take you

Demand for public health professionals is growing as a result of emerging and re-emerging diseases, environmental health concerns, health care reform, and sociopolitical factors affecting health worldwide. Professionals with the M.P.H. degree work in a variety of settings and take active roles in shaping the future of health care.

To improve the health of the population through education, research, and service, with emphasis on multicultural and underserved populations.

The Master of Public Health Program of the College of Osteopathic Medicine fully embraces the Vision and Core Values of Nova Southeastern University.

Goal: Education
To provide quality education in public health.

Goal: Research
To contribute to the discovery and application of knowledge in public health

Goal: Service
To provide public health leadership and service in the community

Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health

  1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
  2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
  4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice

Public Health & Health Care Systems

  1. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  2. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels

Planning & Management to Promote Health

  1. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
  2. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
  3. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  4. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  5. Select methods to evaluate public health programs

Policy in Public Health

  1. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
  2. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
  3. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
  4. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity


  1. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
  2. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges


  1. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  2. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  3. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content

Interprofessional Practice

  1. Perform effectively on interprofessional teams

Systems Thinking

  1. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue
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