Lisa Benz Scott
Graduate Program Director

The Program in Public Health's Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program is a small, selective program whose mission is to train individuals who wish to integrate public health knowledge, skills, and values into their careers and provide leadership in the field.

The program emphasizes the population health approach to public health. Achieving and maintaining healthy populations, effectively and efficiently, are central to the population health orientation. Effectiveness and efficiency are particularly acute concerns for public health in todays world of limited resources and competing agendas. The hallmarks of population health are an ecological understanding of the determinants of health and a systems approach to solving health problems; emphasis on proactively stabilizing and improving health among all populations; and insistence on accountability, evidence-based practice, and continuous performance improvement. The population health approach requires multidisciplinary collaboration among scholars in the social, behavioral, clinical, and basic sciences and the humanities; development of comprehensive, sophisticated health information systems; and use of advanced analytical tools to examine health problems and evaluate responses to them.

The program is designed for persons with an advanced clinical or related degree or currently studying for such a degree, as well as for students who have only a bachelors degree. The curriculum is 54 credits and consists of a public health core (39 credits), a practicum, a capstone seminar, and a concentration (9 credits) in Health Analytics, Community Health, or Health Policy and Management. In addition, the program offers an Advanced Graduate Certificates in Health Communication, in conjunction with the School of Journalism, and in Health Education & Promotion.

The core consists of 13 required courses including biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental and occupational health, data management and informatics, research methods, health systems, evaluating public health initiatives, qualitative methods, theories of health behavior, and the social and behavioral determinants of health. The practicum is a field- based experience that introduces students to the real world of public health practice. Most courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening, and there are course offerings throughout the year.

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To request information about applying to our programs contact:

Program Coordinator
JoanMarie Maniaci

Office of Student Services
Health Sciences Center, Level 2, Room 271
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY, 11794-8276
Tel : (631) 444-2111
Fax :(631) 444-6035

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