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2022-23 Graduate Catalog 
2022-23 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health, Community Health Concentration, M.P.H.

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Andrew Owusu, Program Director
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The Public Health program with a concentration in Community Health offers preparation for a wide range of roles and settings within the public health arena, including non-governmental and governmental agencies at international, national, state, and local levels.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions will be made after reviewing all materials and determining the applicant’s capacity, suitability, and preparation for graduate study. Admission decisions are based upon consideration of a number of criteria which are believed to indicate a high potential in the graduate program.

Admission to the Master of Public Health (MPH) program requires

  1. Academic Background and GPA: An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college. Candidates must have a GPA or 3.0 or better.
  2. Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) letters of recommendation from academic advisors, professors, supervisors, mentors, or any other persons who can address academic qualifications and potential for success in graduate study.
  3. Resume/CV: Applicants should submit an updated resume/CV that highlights academic and or professional experience.
  4. Personal Statement of Purpose and Objectives*: Applicants are required to submit a written personal statement that focuses on, but is not limited to, their background, education and, professional career objectives. Personal statements should endeavor to address the following.
    1. How has your background (personal or educational or professional) influenced your decision to pursue an MPH degree?
    2. Why do you wish to pursue an MPH degree at MTSU?
    3. How would an MPH degree help your career in public health practice?
    4. How do any of the MPH program’s Core Values listed below relate to your current or future public health practice goals?

*Though there is no set limit, most personal statements are 1-2 pages, single-spaced.

MPH Program Values

  • Health Equity: Commitment to address disparities that contribute to health inequity.
  • Collaboration: Commitment to educate and practice public health through collaboration.
  • Evidence-based: Commitment to use an evidence-based approach in public education and practice.
  • Right-To-Health: Commitment to the concept that good health is a fundamental right.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Application deadline: Applications for Summer/Fall admission must be complete by February 1, and applications for Spring admission must be complete by October 1. Late applicants who meet the admission criteria may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants must

  1. submit application with appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php). Once this initial application has been accepted, the applicant will receive directions on how to enter the graduate portal to be able to submit other materials.
  2. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  3. submit an updated resume or CV;
  4. provide three letters of recommendation from persons who can address their academic qualifications and potential for success in graduate study;
  5. provide a personal statement of purpose and objectives.

Curriculum: Public Health, Community Health

The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements. In addition, a maximum of 6 hours of thesis research may be required to fulfill degree.

Thesis Option (42 hours)

Community Health Concentration (9 hours)

Substitutions must be approved by advisor.

Applied Practical Experience (6 hours)

Thesis (3-6 hours)

Non-thesis Option (42 hours)

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