The Master of Public Health Degree Program (MPH) was developed in response to the nation’s call-to-action for improved health opportunities for all with focuses on local, state, regional, and global needs. This M.P.H. Program offers two courses of study – Environmental Health and also Agricultural Epidemiology. Both concentrations prepare students to identify problems and propose solutions to a variety of environmental conditions that affect the health of minority, rural, and disadvantaged populations at disproportionate rates as well as agricultural populations. Environmental linkages between high morbidity rates due to heart disease (i.e., hypertension and stroke), cancer, and diabetes in conjunction with Healthy People 2020 will be assessed. Adverse environmental factors such as livestock rearing, farming practices, food handling, and industrial contaminants will be studied with sensitivity to cultural, regional, and ethnic differences.
Graduates of the FVSU MPH program will be capable of pursuing further study in environmental health, agricultural or related fields, conducting research in the discipline, managing community health agencies, and/or providing community-based leadership designed to educate and empower citizens to form partnerships in the interest of improving the overall health of their communities.
The majority of MPH classes are flexible and hybrid (online and traditional classroom instruction) for working and distance learners. All traditional in-class meetings are at night to accommodate the working professional.
The Master of Public Health program is a fully accredited program through the Environmental Health Accreditation Council (EHAC). This accreditation is important to those who may be considering joining the Uniformed Public Health Service in the future, as the Service only accepts applicants from EHAC accredited programs.
FVSU’s MPH program is administered through the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences, and Technology.