The MPH program is the result of a longstanding collaboration between the Rutgers School of Public Health (SPH) and the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA). The degree is conferred by the Rutgers School of Public Health. Individuals wishing admission to the MPH program must apply to the Department of Urban Health Administration in the Rutgers School of Public Health (SPH).
Students in this program take classes at both Newark-based schools. Candidates for the MPH degree complete 45 credits of coursework, which includes 21 credits taken in the School of Public Health (the MPH core), 12 specialization credits, 9 of which are taken at SPAA (specialization requirements in the SPH Department of Urban Health Administration), and 12 elective credits as approved by the student’s advisor.
The MPH program prepares students for leadership in the development, implementation, management, and evaluation of organizations and programs that address the public health needs of urban and disadvantaged populations. Students in this program receive a solid foundation in public health, and also learn best practices in public administration, gaining knowledge about the creation and maintenance of effective, efficient, responsive, and ethical public health organizations and programs.