In 1982, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) received a grant to develop and pilot a graduate level distance learning educational program to meet the training and career development needs of physicians and health care professionals working in public health in all areas of the country.
This pioneering Master of Public Health (MPH) Program employed methodologies keyed to the learning styles of active, self-motivated adult learners, making formal graduate education a reality for practicing professionals.
The concentration in Occupational Medicine was fully developed by 1986, and the concentration in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine was in full operation by 1992. The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) provided full accreditation for the Medical College of Wisconsin's Master of Public Health (MPH) Program in 1991.
Historically, the program's concentration in Occupational Medicine has been most visible. MPH graduates have achieved exceptionally high rates of success in passing the American Board of Preventive Medicine Board examination (ABPM). Since its inception, the MPH program has been responsible for training almost 25% of new diplomats in Occupational Medicine.
In 2003, with additional and substantial funding from a private endowment, MCW dramatically increased its emphasis on improving the health of the public through training, community-based participatory research, and service. The emphasis on public health was adopted as one of the academic pillars of the Medical College, and this emphasis was incorporated into the institution's 5-year strategic plan, which was approved and adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2006.
In 2006, MCW's academic programs, including the MPH, were given full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for the maximum 10 year time period. Also in 2006, substantial changes were initiated to make the MPH program responsive to the strategic plans of the Medical College and to address documented training needs of the public health workforce, including the workforce in Wisconsin. Beginning in fall 2007, qualified individuals with an undergraduate degree and interest in public health could apply for the program in addition to licensed health care professionals.
At the last CEPH site visit in November 2009, the MPH Program received reaccreditation for the maximum term of seven years. This accreditation extends through July 2017. The next site visit is scheduled for April 2017.
Visit the Master of Public Health Prospective Students page to learn more about enrolling in the MPH degree program.