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Our Master of Public Health advances the science and art of protecting and improving the health and quality of life of populations through the identification and prevention of diseases and injuries.

Public health encompasses a broad spectrum of areas including health in the built environment, laboratory science, behavioral change and prevention, healthccare administration, and data analysis and interpretation.

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MPH Specialty Tracks

Master of Public Health — Doctorate in Dental Medicine Track

Our MPH-Doctorate in Dental Medicine track allows students in the UNLV School of Dental Medicine to gain a deeper understanding of disease prevention, medical delivery, and health promotion at both an individual and population level within the field of dentistry. The program enables graduates to become leaders in oral health research, education, and community dental health promotion. After completing the dual program, graduates will be eligible to apply for a position within a dental public health residency program.

Available Options

  • Social & Behavioral Health Track
  • Environmental and Occupational Health Track
  • Healthcare Administration and Policy Track
  • Biostatistics and Epidemiology Track
  • Generalist Track
  • Dental-MPH Track – Social and Behavioral Health
  • Dental-MPH Track – Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Dental-MPH Track – Healthcare Administration and Policy
  • Dental-MPH Track – Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Accreditation

For information regarding accreditation at UNLV, please head over to Academic Program Accreditations.

Learning Outcomes

The purpose of the MPH Program is to prepare individuals to become effective health care practitioners, researchers and teachers who will competently identify public health problems and needs, develop effective strategies to address those needs, and promote appropriate services to be available for the protection of human health.

At a minimum, the following criteria should be met to assure each student:

  1. Develop an understanding of the areas of knowledge that are basic to public health
  2. Acquire skills and experience in the application of basic public health concepts and of specialty knowledge to the solution of community health problems
  3. Demonstrate integration of knowledge through a capstone experience.

Career Possibilities

Social & Behavioral Health Track

Social and behavioral health brings the community to the forefront of public health through the development and evaluation of community based programs that promote health and prevent disease. Health education, health communication, and study of the social determinants of health and health disparities are essential to social and behavioral health. Social and behavioral health is the aggregate of several purposeful activities including, but not limited to program planning, evaluation, and administration designed to improve personal and public health through a combination of strategies, including the competent implementation of health education, risk factor detection, behavioral change strategies, health enhancement, and health maintenance.

Healthcare Administration and Policy Track

Healthcare Administration and Policy supports leadership, management, and administration of public health systems. Finance, marketing, information management and health services management are essential aspects of building a strong public health infrastructure and shaping health policy. Students in the Department of Healthcare Administration and Policy gain a broad view of the healthcare delivery system and develop an understanding of health and disease. They develop analytical skills through the curriculum and internships to prepare them for leadership positions in the organization, financing, and delivery of healthcare services.

Biostatistics and Epidemiology Track

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease and injury. As the fundamental science in public health, it provides the tools we need to monitor and study health problems and design effective control measures. Epidemiology relies on the analytical methods of biostatistics to describe, analyze and interpret health data. Biostatistics is the study of the methods and processes for statistical reasoning applied to public health studies including likelihood methods for inference, epidemiologic statistics, clinical trials, and survival analysis. Biostatistics is an indispensable tool in improving health and reducing illness.

Generalist Track

The Generalist track is a fully online program and offers students and professionals a flexible opportunity to explore the field of public health. This program is the intersection of the core public health disciplines: Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Healthcare Administration and Policy, and Social and Behavioral Health. The Generalist track applies concepts relevant to public health as a whole and includes foundational courses, general practice courses, an internship, and a culminating project. Students are prepared for careers in public health conducting research, evaluating programs and policies, working in community health, or providing health education.

Dental-MPH Track – Environmental and Occupational Health

Environmental and occupational health studies how the natural and the built environment affects our health. From the air we breathe, the water we drink, to chemicals, hazards, and pathogens, environmental and occupational health professionals work to understand and promote health and safety where we live and work. Environmental and Occupational Health emphasizes the role of air, water, the home environment, the community environment, and the workplace as critical determinants of health.

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Master of Public Health

Social & Behavioral Health Track

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Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health emphasizes the role of air, water, the home environment, and the workplace as critical determinants of health.

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School of Public Health

The School of Public Health is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people worldwide. Our departments, programs, and research units work to provide a diverse education, practical training experience, and numerous community involvement opportunities to prepare students to become leaders and professionals in the field of public health.

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