College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Public Health > Graduate Programs > Public Health (MPH) > Concentrations
Students in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program will choose one of two concentrations:
The community health practice concentration prepares students to be leaders, innovators, and advocates in addressing community health problems and reducing health disparities. The concentration applies an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving and focuses on skill development around community health assessment, program design, and program evaluation. Students learn to appraise community health needs and design, implement, and evaluate interventions to address those needs. The objective is to provide students with the professional knowledge and practical skills to become effective public health leaders.
The social epidemiology concentration prepares students to be public health leaders that use the methodological approaches of biostatistics and epidemiology to investigate and reduce health inequalities. This concentration focuses on social determinants of health as causes of health disparities and examines the role of concepts such power and social context. Students learn to use data to inform research, policy, and intervention efforts that lead to effective action aimed at eliminating health inequalities.
Social Epidemiology concentration is a STEM designated program according to the US Department of Homeland Security. International students who earn degrees from STEM designated programs can qualify to extend their post-graduation stay in the United States for Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT provides an opportunity for international students to develop their careers while also helping meet the demand for STEM-educated professionals in the U.S. workforce.