The Master of Public Health Program at the University of Virginia

The Master of Public Health Program at the University of Virginia

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MPH Program Glenmore Sewage TreatmentThe Master of Public Health Program at the University of Virginia offers an individualized and interdisciplinary experience that focuses on the competencies professionals need to improve the health of communities and individuals. The curriculum provides graduate professional training in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies; health policy, law and ethics; and translational and community-based research; and community engagement strategies.

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Created in 2003, the program draws upon the strengths of UVa faculty within the Schools of Medicine, Arts & Sciences, Nursing, Law, Business,  Public Policy, and Architecture, as well as in the Center for Global Health and the larger university community.  Students choose one of two tracks:  Research in Practice or Health Policy, Law & Ethics.  The following dual degrees also are available: MD-MPH, JD-MPH, MBA-MPH and MPP-MPH.

The MPH program recognizes the value of strong relationships with community health organizations and community-based public health professionals.  Faculty and students are involved in a wide array of collaborative and service initiatives with community partners, including local, regional, and global projects. Students also have opportunities to present their research at state public health conferences and work on policy issues with public officials. 


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Grad School or Peace Corps?  Why not do both?

The MPH program is proud to announce that we now participate in the Peace Corps Master's International.  MPH students accepted to the MI Program serve in the Peace Corps while earning their degree. After their Peace Corps experience, students return to UVA to complete degree requirements.  Please contact us for more information and click here.





New Center for Health Policy Inaugurated on September 4th, 2012

The School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, in collaboration with the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy established the new University of Virginia Center for Health Policy under the leadership of Arthur (“Tim”) Garson, Jr., University Professor of Public Health Sciences and Public Policy, former Provost of UVa, and former Dean of the Medical School. 


The Center will promote research, teaching, and outreach on health policy on Grounds, in Richmond, and in Washington, DC, focusing on the healthcare workforce, personal engagement in improving health outcomes, and the looming crisis in Medicaid funding.  The Center will jumpstart new solutions to address the “triple aim” of improving patient experience, improving population health and reducing costs.

Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services will give the keynote address at the inauguration ceremony.


“This is a challenging – and therefore an exciting time for health care.  The mission of our Center is to conduct rigorous, non-ideological, non-partisan, evidence-based research on problems of the health of the public and the most effective and efficient means of addressing them; to educate the next generation of those who will study, teach, and influence decisions on health policy; and to inform debate and influence decisions on health policy, both in the United States and abroad,” said Dr. Garson.


The Center will use distance learning technology to offer a graduate course this fall on “The U.S. Health Care System and its Place in the World.”  Center faculty will also develop the “Health System Game,” simulation of the health care system. 


Among the 16 fellows of the Center are DPHS faculty members Ruth Gaare Bernheim, Carolyn Engelhard, Lois Shepherd, and Tanya Wanchek.  The Center for Health Policy will hold a series of research seminars, lectures, and symposia over the coming academic year.




The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Board of Councilors acted at its October 13-15, 2011 meeting to reaccredit the MPH Program at the University of Virginia for a maximum seven-year term, extending to December 31, 2018.