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Master’s of Public Health Program What is Public Health?

The Long Island University (LIU) Master of Public Health (MPH) Program

Is Public Health For You?


What is Public Health?

Public Health is t he science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities (families, neighborhoods, groups of people) and the population as a whole. Every day, millions of people suffer from preventable injuries, illnesses, and chronic diseases resulting in impaired quality of life and premature death. The goal of Public Health professionals is to help prevent disease, disability, and premature death. The vision of the Public Health movement is health for all and healthy people in healthy communities. Teams of Public Health professionals from a variety of backgrounds use strategies such as: policy, system/service, and built-environment changes; education; promotion of healthy lifestyles; and research.

The American Public Health Association (APHA) has noted the growing need for competent, professionally prepared Public Health workers. The demand for MPH graduates is growing, particularly in the government and health care sectors.

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The Long Island University (LIU) Master of Public Health (MPH) Program

The 42-credit Master of Public Health (MPH) program is an evening professional degree program. The mission of the LIU Brooklyn Campus MPH program is to inspire and prepare future local Public Health managers and leaders to improve the public's health by achieving equitable health system/infrastructure, policy, built-environment, and lifestyle changes through health education, advocacy, and communication.

The program answers the growing demand for skilled and ready-to-work Public Health professionals. It leads to diverse and rewarding career opportunities.

The program of study includes 5 Public Health core courses (the foundation of Public Health practice), 7 Public Health concentration courses, a Capstone course, and a Practicum (Internship). What differentiates us from other MPH programs is our MPH area of concentration: Health Education, Advocacy and Communication.

Public Health Education is the development and implementation of individual, group, institutional, community and systemic health promotion strategies to improve health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills and behavior at the population level.

Public Health Advocacy involves educating policymakers about critical Public Health issues, analyzing the impact of legislative and regulatory actions on Public Health, and defending the interests of communities.

Public Health Communication involves the development of communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that enhance health at the population level.

Classes are offered in Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer sessions.

Full-time students can complete the program in two years; part-time students in three.

LIU MPH full-time and part-time faculty are experienced Public Health practitioners and profession leaders with a passion for teaching, and a commitment to supporting and mentoring students, conducting community-based participatory research, and providing meaningful community service. Two key faculty priorities are to (1) prepare students to hit the ground running in key Public Health positions; and to (2) foster students' professional development. Faculty have strong connections to and relationships with other Public Health leaders in both the public and provide sectors, including local, state, and national government agencies, disease-specific and community-based organizations, health care facilities, other universities, foundations, health-related corporations, and professional associations.

LIU MPH faculty and administrative personnel support the LIU MPH Program mission by:

  • Educating individuals seeking training and experience in applied Public Health through a graduate level program that offers quality core courses in the fundamental Public Health domains: behavioral and social sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, and health services management sciences.
  • Advancing the field of Public Health practice through the translation, diffusion, dissemination, and application of the outcomes of population - based scholarly community-based participatory researching collaboration with local, state, and federal individual, organizational, community and policy partners.
  • Improving the health status of the Brooklyn community through collaborative, equity-oriented Public Health service grounded in core Public Health and health education, health advocacy, and health communication principles and best practices.
  • Providing opportunities for involvement in the Public Health profession at the local, state, national, and, where possible, international level.
  • Providing quality student support services.

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Is Public Health For You?

Yes...if you feel a “calling” to apply your talents, skills, experience, and knowledge to making the places where people live, work, study, play, and pray healthier.

Yes...if you are a clinician (e.g., medical doctor and doctor of osteopathy; pharmacist; nurse; and physical, respiratory, occupational, and mental health therapist) originally trained to treat individuals after they become sick or injured, who can see the importance of applying you medical and allied health training to prevent disease, disability, and premature death at the community level.

Yes...if you are a college graduate with no training in health (e.g., educator/teacher/trainer, information specialist, computer scientist, mathematician/statistician, engineer, urban planner, policy analyst, historian, lawyer, social worker, journalist, translator/linguist, artist, business/marketing manager). So many college graduates and experienced employees are realizing how exciting and fulfilling it could be to apply their initial training to improving the public's health or to developing a whole new area of expertise!

 

Next steps

 

To be accepted into the LIU MPH program, candidates must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and must fulfill the academic criteria for admission to the program. Click here to see view full application requirements. 

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