Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Public Health
Master of Public Health (MPH) & Graduate Certificate

Program Length

1 - 4 Years

Certificate in 1 to 2 years; and the master’s degree in 2 to 4 years, depending on their pace through the program.

Program Format


Program Audience

College Graduates Interested in Public Health


Rolling Admission

Students can begin the program in September or January. Applications are considered when submitted.

Public Health is an interdisciplinary field of study and practice with two primary goals – the prevention of illness, disease, and injury; and the promotion and protection of human health. In achieving these goals, public health emphasizes social justice, supports human rights, and respects the dignity of individuals and the integrity of communities.

Public health professionals track outbreaks of disease, conduct community health assessments, plan health education programs, and direct campaigns to reduce risk factors that foster chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes.  They develop and advocate policies, both public and private, that reduce harmful environmental exposures and that provide increased access to preventive health services for underserved populations.  Many engage in public health research and support global health initiatives here and abroad.

Public health professionals perform these tasks in state and local health departments, community health centers and hospitals, non-governmental health organizations (NGOs), schools and universities, professional health agencies, health insurance companies, and businesses.


Jefferson’s Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is nationally accredited through the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH).  A comprehensive program, it develops competencies in five key public health areas – behavioral and social sciences, biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, and health services administration. The interdisciplinary curriculum stresses leadership skills, systems thinking, health communication, global health and cultural humility and competency. Dual degree opportunities are offered in medicine, law, pharmacy and social work. A One-Year-Plus option allows pre-professionals to complete all coursework during their gap or glide year. The Certificate in Public Health provides a basic foundation in key areas of public health and can be applied to the MPH at a future date.

Program Outcomes

The nationally recognized Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages) developed Core Public Health Competencies which represent the essential knowledge and skills needed in public health practice, education and research. The JCPH MPH program adopted these competencies to guide curriculum development and assess student learning. Every course in the program links these competencies to graded assignments allowing students to track their progress.  LEARN MORE

Program Audiences

  • Recent college graduates with majors in natural or social sciences, including pre-med or other pre-professional students seeking an educational experience during their gap or glide year
  • Not-so-recent college graduates with relevant work experience wishing to make a career change
  • Students currently enrolled in a professional program (medicine, nursing, law, pharmacy, social work) who wish to earn an additional degree in public health
  • Health or related professionals working in government, community health organizations, healthcare settings, health insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, and academic institutions.

General Information

  • The CEPH-accredited MPH requires completion of 45 credits, including a clerkship (field experience) and capstone research project.
    • The clerkship is a semester-long community experience that is completed locally, nationally, or abroad.
    • The capstone research project applies research to some aspect of public health.
  • The Certificate in Public Health requires completion of 18 credits, all of which can be applied to the MPH degree at a later time.
  • The MPH program follows a trimester system beginning in September and ending July 1. There are  two 14-week terms (fall and spring) and one 11-week term (summer) per academic year,
  • Class times accommodate both full-time and part-time students. Classes are offered during the day and after 5:00 p.m. during the week to accommodate working adults.
    • Part-time students can complete the program in two to four years.
  • The One Year Plus option enables pre-professional and dual-degree students to complete all coursework for the MPH in ten months and to complete the capstone project the following year.
  • Students can begin the program in September or January.


The CEPH-accredited MPH requires completion of 45 credits, including a clerkship (field experience) and capstone research project.

The Certificate in Public Health requires completion of 18 credits, all of which can be applied to the MPH degree at a later time.


Admissions Considerations

  • Earned baccalaureate degree with approximate GPA of 3.0
  • One of the following:
    • Competitive score on the GRE or other graduate entrance examination          
    • Graduate degree or at least 9 credits of earned graduate coursework with grade of B or higher earned at an accredited institution
    • GPA of 3.3 or higher and specified coursework with grade of “B” or higher from a Jefferson-affiliated college or university
  • Competency in basic statistics (recommended)
  • Previous professional or volunteer






To view the JCPH MPH 2016 FINAL Accreditation Report or the Self-Study, please click here.

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