College of Health Sciences

Public Health

College of Health Sciences

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Public Health



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About Arcadia's Master of Public Health Program

The program offers:

  • Preparation for community public health professions 
  • Capstone projects that integrate practice and research
  • Internships that provide you with firsthand experience working in public health settings
  • Domestic and international service projects and internships
  • Option to incorporate more of an international focus in the degree with specific course selections and an international or global focus for the internship and Capstone project

What to Expect

The Master of Public Health degree provides training in the discipline of public health, which focuses on the health needs of communities and populations domestically and internationally. The core curriculum includes the five core areas of public health (epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, environmental health, and health care administration) and offers courses, an internship and Capstone project that prepare graduates to enter the field of Public Health as program planners, researchers, evaluators, and educators. The focus of the degree affords the student the opportunity to develop a general skill set that enables him or her to work in a variety of settings.

Arcadia's program trains students as public health professionals with an emphasis on community health. Each student is encouraged to focus coursework on a specific area of interest to him or her, choose an internship experience that emphasizes the interest area, and plan a Capstone project focused in the same area. In this way, each student can develop a specialized knowledge base about public health issues related to his or her specific areas of interest. 

The Master of Public Health degree educates community public health professionals to promote the health of individuals, families, communities, and the environment through a program that integrates education, research and practice in a global environment. We aim to:

  • Educate community public health professionals and develop the skills needed to promote health within communities.
  • Provide an academic environment that integrates community public health education with research and practice.
  • Enhance the understanding of the connection between health status and human rights.
  • Translate knowledge into practice through collaborative service projects both domestically and internationally. This can be accomplished through internships and clinical rotations with community-based organizations, clinics, and local health departments.
  • Employ scientific investigation to advance public health knowledge of the relationship between health and the structural environment within which individuals live and work.


CEPH accreditedArcadia University’s M.P.H. program is an accredited public health program. Accreditation was granted by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in September 2018. View CEPH Site Visit Report. View CEPH Self Study Report.


Students are eligible to sit for the National Credentialing Exam in Public Health (CPH) after completing 21 credits in the MPH Program or after they complete the degree.

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Public Health Core

Assessment and Analytical Skills​ 
  • Assess the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness
  • Describe the characteristics of a population based health problem
  • Reference public health data sources and identify gaps in information
  • Make community-based inferences using qualitative and quantitative data
  • Collect, store, retrieve and analyze qualitative and quantitative data
  • Synthesize demographic, statistical, programmatic and scientific information
Communication Skills
  • Communicates public health information effectively to multiple audiences.
  • Presents (orally and in writing) qualitative and quantitative data to address scientific, political, ethical and social public health issues.
Cultural Competency Skills
  • Compares across countries cultural and social paradigms underlying public health initiatives.
Leadership and Management Skills
  • Uses individual and team learning opportunities for personal and professional development.
Public Health Sciences Skills
  • Identifies the core contributions of the basic public health sciences (including biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health services administration, and social and behavioral health sciences).
  • Describes the scientific evidence related to public health issues through information retrieval from a variety of text and electronic sources and discusses the limitations of research findings.
  • Describes the laws, regulations, policies, and procedures for the ethical conduct of research.

Community Health Concentration Competencies

Program Planning and Policy Development Skills
  • Uses a global perspective to critique public health programs, research, policies, and health care systems.
  • Contributes to collaborative program planning and evaluation processes, including implementing, monitoring, and evaluating public health programs.
Cultural Competency Skills
  • Describes cultural and linguistic characteristics and literacy levels of populations to be served.
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
  • Systematically maps stakeholders who constitute the community linkages and relationships essential to involve in public health initiatives.
  • Identifies community assets including governmental and non-governmental resources in the delivery of public health services.
Leadership and Management Skills
  • Prepares a programmatic budget.
  • Describes the organizational structure and policies of a public health agency.
  • Adheres to an organization’s policies and procedures.
  • Identifies strategies to address the public health needs of a defined population.

Degree Requirements


Due to the unprecedented challenges and disruption brought on by COVID-19, Arcadia University’s Masters of Public Health program is adopting the University’s revised pass/fail grading policy for the Spring 2020 semester.

For those students who wish to pursue a pass/fail grading option, please be aware that the choice to use pass/fail grading can apply to all or some courses in the spring 2020 semester and students must follow the University procedures to opt-in.

The students who opt in will have grading on their transcript for this semester reflect this system:

  • Award a P (Pass) for grades of C or better. (P grades do not factor into GPA.)
  • Award a NC (No Credit) for grades between a C- and D-. (NC grades do not factor into GPA and do not count toward a graduate degree requirement- students would need to retake the course.)
  • Award an F (Fail) for the grade of F. (F grades do factor into GPA.)

Otherwise, the normal grading system will be used. All students considering this option should consult Katie DiSantis ( to make a strategic decision. As per the University policy, the deadline for making this decision is two weeks after grades are available. The University expects the end date to be approximately May 22, 2020.

Admission Requirements

Applications to the M.P.H. program are due April 1st and all students start in the summer session (end of May start).  Applications must be complete before they are reviewed for admission to the program. 

The following program-specific requirements must be met:

Complete a graduate application online at Information about application fees can be found on SOPHAS. The application requirements are:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better in the major course of study.  Must have completed an elementary statistics course at the college level.  
  2. One official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official.
  3. Personal Statement
  4. Two letters of recommendation, one from a professor (if a recent graduate) and one from a health professional.
  5. Test scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) taken within the last five years. Test scores are not required for students with an earned graduate degree in a related field per the department's review and approval. Note: The GRE code for the M.P.H. program is 2687.
  6. Knowledge of the profession through work or volunteer experience.
  7. International applicants should visit for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. TOEFL/IELTS results are required for all students for whom English is a second language or who have not earned degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States also is required.


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Dual Degree Programs

Our dual-degree programs train health professionals in the core areas of community-based public health. The application of the public health skill set added to the skills learned within the clinical and behavioral primary degree instills a public health perspective into the classes taken in their primary areas of study.

We offer the following Master of Public Health dual degree programs: