Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

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

MPH LEAP Program

Accelerated training for future healthcare professionals
The program is accredited by CEPH.

MPH LEAP students are trained to be Leaders in Evidence, Application and Prevention.

The MPH LEAP program is an accelerated course of study designed to increase the number of healthcare professionals who have advanced training in leadership, evidence-based practice, research application and disease prevention with the goal of promoting wellness and addressing the social determinants of health.

The LEAP Program at the Jefferson College of Population Health is a national initiative designed to complement the College's existing efforts aimed at training healthcare practitioners to be more effective providers and to contribute to population and community health.  This new program provides pre-healthcare students an opportunity to use their "gap year" to pursue an accelerated Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree.  The MPH LEAP program provides training in leadership, epidemiology, biostatistics, health behavior, healthcare delivery, policy, wellness and prevention.  This accelerated program prepares students to enter the clinical space with the tools they need to care for individuals while addressing important social determinants of health.


In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must:

  • Have a prior undergraduate or graduate degree GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Have GRE, MCAT, PCAT, or other standardized test scores above the 50th percentile (waived for prior GPA of 3.5+);
  • Agree to the program obligations (listed below); and
  • Plan to apply to a healthcare professional or clinical program within two years of graduation from the MPH LEAP program.  Programs may include allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, psychology, dentistry, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy,  social work, midwifery and graduate or advanced nursing practice.


Students in the  MPH LEAP program will receive:

  • A GPA-based scholarship;
  • Intensive faculty mentoring in the intersection of clinical practice and public health.
  • Free registration to the Population Health Colloquium, a large national meeting hosted by the College and held each year in Philadelphia;
  • Complimentary subscriptions to Population Health Management and the American Journal of Medical Quality, journals edited by our Dean, Dr. David Nash, and managed by the College; and
  • $1,000 toward an in-person or online preparation course for the MCAT, PCAT, or DAT (or similar clinical program entrance exam).


Students in the MPH LEAP program are required to:

  • Maintain active status in the MPH program under the LEAP pathway (three trimesters of full-time study, including 12 core courses and 3 electives);
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Attend monthly Population Health Forums;
  • Attend monthly LEAP Journal Club meetings;
  • Attend the annual Population Health Colloquium;
  • Attend student seminars designed for LEAP students;
  • Conduct their MPH Clerkship in a setting that provides exposure to the integration of public health and health care (additional approval required); and
  • Volunteer in a healthcare setting at least once (more is recommended).
  • Successfully complete the MPH LEAP Capstone requirement.

To apply to the MPH LEAP Program, please view the application instructions and click the SOPHAS online application link.