About the MPH Program

The MPH Program offers online coursework toward a 42-credit Master of Public Health degree, a 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Public Health, a 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Community Health Assessment and Planning, and a 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Population Health Management. Students may also enroll in courses as non-degree-seeking students. Courses are offered in a convenient, distance-learning format; all can be completed online. Visit the Prospective Students page to learn more about how to enroll.

Housed within the Institute for Health & Equity, the MPH Program’s mission is closely aligned with the Institute’s as well as the mission of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). The MPH Program provides a major component of these broader missions to advance the health of the public.

Established in 1986, the MPH Program has had a highly successful history of helping students reach their educational goals, increasing their knowledge, and furthering their careers.

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  Vision

Public health leaders driving change to create healthy and equitable communities.

  Mission

The mission of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is to cultivate socially responsible and effective leaders through community-academic collaboration in education, research, and service to achieve equity and advance the health of the public.

  Values

The Master of Public Health program faculty, students, and staff are committed to the over-arching principle of respect for the dignity and worth of people regardless of gender, race, religious or ethnic affiliations, sexual orientation or social standing.

Program values are reflected in:

  • Community: We work in and learn with the community.
  • Collaboration: We work within and across disciplines.
  • Excellence: We promote excellence in public health practice through innovative and quality education, research, and service.
  • Leadership: We are committed to developing public health leaders who demonstrate professional integrity.
  • Social Responsibility: We strive to develop a socially responsible workforce equipped to advance health equity and improve community health.
  Goals

The overall goals fall into three categores that include education, service, and research.

Education

  • Provide high quality education through theoretical and experiential learning emphasizing critical competencies in public health.
  • Provide flexible learning opportunities through distance technology, interactive methods, and collaborative educational partnerships.
  • Recruit and prepare a diverse student population for success in public health leadership positions.

Service

  • Provide innovative leadership and serve as a community resource to address emerging public health issues.

Research

  • Promote faculty and student scholarship to address critical public health issues and advance the field of public health.
  History

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. The MPH Program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

Visit the Master of Public Health Prospective Students page to learn more about enrolling in the MPH degree program.

  Accreditation

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The MPH program is also individually accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency which accredits schools of public health and public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health.

Reaccreditation

Medical College of Wisconsin: Effective February 28, 2017, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) approved reaccreditation of the Medical College of Wisconsin. The next Reaffirmation of Accreditation and Site Visit are scheduled for 2026-2027. In addition, the HLC also approved MCW’s request to offer the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

The HLC is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States and accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region. MCW is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our Medical School, Graduate School, and any future degree-granting schools are encompassed institutionally under HLC accreditation.

Self Study

As part of the reaccreditation process, the MPH program underwent a comprehensive process of self-analysis. The result is the self study document, which describes the program’s attainment of each criterion set forth by CEPH. 

View the Final Self Study 2017 (PDF)

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