Public Health

Make your mark now, and for generations to come.

Thanks to public health initiatives, populations of people have access to life-protecting vaccines. Motor vehicle safety laws have been put into place, saving countless lives. Standards for clean air and water have protected and improved people’s health. And the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and other substances have been brought to light, educating people and influencing regulations.

Become a highly skilled public health specialist.

Working closely with world-class educators, you’ll develop knowledge in public health along with a strong foundation in the basic sciences, liberal arts and an informed sense of healthcare issues. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared for a wide range of careers to truly make a difference in the lives of others.

Questions about our public health programs? Connect with our Admission Office. Boston: 617.879.5964, Online: 508.373.5657.

Global Healthcare Center

Boston’s Longwood Medical and Academic Area is a global center for healthcare delivery, research and education, giving our students access to world-class hospitals and research facilities.

Advanced Learning Opportunities

Students in their senior year may expand their education with experiential courses, service learning courses and a capstone project.

Accelerated Timeframe

The dual degree program allows students to earn a public health undergraduate degree and a public health graduate degree from MCPHS in just five years.

Partner University

MCPHS and University at Albany have established an Assurance Placement Program agreement that allows for completion of the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Psychology and Master of Public Health (MPH) in six years.

A field of growth

The field of public health is constantly evolving to respond to varying needs of populations around the world and an emergence of new biological and environmental threats to overall public health. According to the Association of Schools of Public Health, the United States will face a shortage of more than 250,000 public health workers by 2020. Disadvantaged populations especially will have a steadily increasing need for services.


With innovative training and immersive clinical opportunities, our graduates are extremely well prepared to enter and advance in the field of public health.

A bachelor's degree in public health is increasingly recognized as an ideal choice for obtaining an interdisciplinary education with practical applications. The Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree program prepares students for careers in public policy, health promotion, healthcare administration, environmental science, law and medicine. The applied liberal arts curriculum combines a public health courses with a general education foundation, including foundational courses, advanced courses and electives.

Professionals with advanced degrees can build careers in epidemiology, biostatistics, biomedical science, health policy and management, and more.

Job satisfaction

Having a meaningful career improving the access to and attainment of health for people regionally, nationally and globally is satisfying on many levels. Many public health workers report high levels of satisfaction, knowing they’ve had an impact on the health of others.

The MPH Program in the School of Arts and Sciences at MCPHS University is an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health

Public Health

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Program is to use guidance from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, the Council on Education for Public Health, and the American Association of Colleges and Universities to assist students in developing the necessary skills to apply public health principles of health promotion and disease prevention to their future career or graduate school placement. This mission recognizes the vast opportunity for the application of public health skills across a wide array of experiences, both educational and occupational. The program further aims to impart a “Culture of Public Health” that provides guiding principles by which students frame their discussions, actions, and future endeavors.


School of Arts and Sciences


Through teaching, scholarship, and service, the faculty of the School:

  • provide a broad academic foundation in the Arts and Sciences to all MCPHS students,
  • provide depth and breadth in the academic and professional training of students in Arts and Sciences programs,
  • actively participate in and contribute to the scholarly disciplines in the Arts and Sciences, and
  • contribute to the University’s mission in the broader academic and professional communities.


The mission of the School of Arts and Sciences is to embody and promote the core values defined in the 2015 University Strategic Plan through:

  • scholarship that creates knowledge, pedagogies, integration and engagement in the disciplines represented by the Arts and Sciences faculty,
  • interdisciplinary and inter-professional initiatives and collaborations among Arts and Sciences faculty and in concert with other School faculties to produce scholarship and public service,
  • implementation of a core curriculum that integrates the basic sciences and liberal arts with professional studies,
  • commitment to and promotion of the values of general education and development of the whole person,
  • cultivation of knowledge, reasoning skills, and values that prepare students for lifelong learning,
  • development and application of learner-centered curriculum designs and teaching strategies,
  • assessment that systematically collects and uses data for curricular review and continuous improvement,
  • service to the School, University, and professional communities, and
  • collaboration with Student Affairs staff in the development and implementation of co-curricular programs.

Addressing the world's most complex health issues

Celebrate Public Health Week

Carly Levy, Instructor of Public Health shares insight into the world of public health.

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Meet Tiffany

Tiffany Public Health student

With her interest in global healthcare, the Public Health program was a great fit for her career goals—improving public health and water accessibility.

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