MPH – Masters in Public Health at Rutgers SPAA

The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Health Administration at Rutgers SPAA

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).  Students in this program take classes at both Newark-based schools.  Individuals wishing admission to the MPH program must apply to the Department of Urban Health Administration in the Rutgers School of Public Health (SPH).

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Our faculty provides our students with the theoretical underpinnings for public service by focusing on these learning outcomes. Coursework enables students to:

  1. Identify the main issues that affect the organization, financing, and delivery of health services, and public health systems in urban communities, especially among disadvantaged populations;
  2. Apply quality improvement principles and methods to enhance health outcomes and the performance and productivity of health organizations;
  3. Apply leadership skills to health partnerships, coalition building, and nonprofit organizations;
  4. Demonstrate skills in program planning, development, and evaluation in organizational and urban community settings;
  5. Utilize cultural sensitivity, budgeting, human resource management, and program development skills in health care, nonprofit, and public service settings; and
  6. Apply the fundamental elements of health service research to the analysis of psychosocial, economic, and clinical outcomes..

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