The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Community Health graduate program at East Stroudsburg University prepares students to enter the dynamic and challenging field of public health as researchers and practitioners working to prevent disease and improve quality of life in our communities. Through a well-integrated program of study, students receive instruction in the core public health disciplines of biostatistics, environmental Health, epidemiology, health policy & administration, and social and behavioral sciences, while also developing specialized experience in public health areas of interest through integrated field-based learning and capstone experiences.
The MPH program has been accredited by Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 1990. CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit public health programs. The Master of Public Health in Community Health Program at East Stroudsburg University stands among the nearly 1,500 graduate public health schools and programs in the country in compliance with a set of rigorous standards to bring students the highest quality education possible and does so at a lower tuition rate than most other MPH programs in the region.
What is Public Health?
Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities in which they live, learn, work, and play. While a doctor treats people who are sick, those working in public health focus on prevention of illness and injury by addressing their fundamental causes and through promotion of healthy lifestyles (American Public Health Association). Public health professionals work in health systems, health departments, universities, government, and non-profit sectors to address fundamental threats to human health including access to healthy food and physical activity, tobacco cessation and drug prevention, protection for waterways and clean air, emergency preparedness, and access to high quality and affordable healthcare. Other public health professionals work to prevent disease through creation of dynamic health education and screening programs held in a variety of community settings. Still others work to influence health-related policy- there is vast potential for success in public health across a range of settings, populations, and health conditions.
Public health students and graduates work to address specific health conditions including:
Reproductive and sexual health
Tobacco, alcohol, and other drug abuse
Physical activity and sedentary behavior
Cancer control and prevention
Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and other chronic diseases
HIV, influenza, zika, and other infectious diseases
Lead poisoning and other environmentally-driven health conditions
School health needs and community violence prevention
Public health students and graduates work different populations including:
Women, children & adolescents
Student health & college wellness
Employee health & worksite wellness
Senior & geriatric health
Rural vs urban communities
Public health students and graduates work in different work settings such as:
Hospitals and health systems
Local, state, and federal government
Local, federal, and international non-profit organizations
Public health students and graduates use a range of public health skills and approaches including:
Behavior change interventions and health education
Program development and evaluation
Social media based prevention & social marketing
Epidemiology and health research
Development of health policy
Administration of health services
GIS Mapping and health informatics
Students in the ESU MPH program learn in the classroom, but more importantly, apply what they learn through dynamic field-based and research experiences that enable students to gain hand-on skills while serving our community. Students apply their knowledge of management, evaluation, data analysis, policy development, health education, and beyond though projects with:
City/county/regional health departments in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
State health departments in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
K-12 schools and university wellness offices.
Federal and international agencies including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Major health systems including Geisinger, Lehigh Valley Health Network, and St. Luke’s University Health System.
Health-focused non-profit agencies including The United Way of Monroe County, The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, PVEN food pantry, Street to Feet Homeless Day Center, Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center, and more.