Public Health, Community Health Education Concentration (M.P.H.)

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Lisa Lieberman
Department Administrator: Ann Schurmann
Phone Number: (973) 655-7681

The mission of the Master of Public Health program is to prepare culturally and professionally competent leaders in community health education by providing an interdisciplinary academic and experiential program with a focus on social justice. Through this program, students will master public health knowledge and skills while developing professional values and dispositions. Graduates of the program will be prepared for careers as public health leaders in local and state health departments, public and private health agencies, voluntary organizations focused on specific health issues (e.g. cancer or heart health), schools, health care settings, community based organizations, policy and advocacy organizations, and other settings in which health monitoring and health education initiatives are implemented. The core of the proposed program comprises the five core disciplines of public health:

  • biostatistics,
  • environmental health sciences,
  • epidemiology,
  • health policy and management, and
  • social and behavioral sciences.

Community Health Education is a concentration that aims to prepare public health professionals to protect and enhance the health and well-being of populations through health promotion and disease prevention initiatives. Communities may be large or small geographic areas, institutions such as schools or workplaces, groups affiliated by common characteristics (race or ethnicity, religious practices, sexual behaviors, common experiences, etc.), or other groups of people.

Program Objectives

The Master of Public Health program has the following objectives:

  • To prepare public health practitioners with strong skills in performing community health need assessments
  • To prepare public health practitioners with strong skills in planning, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining community health education initiatives. 
  • To prepare public health practitioners who are committed to social justice and the elimination of health disparities and who actively and continually examine their discipline using critical thinking. 
  • To collaborate with field-based professionals - based on parity, trust, and mutual interests - to improve the public's health and advance the standing of the profession.

Program Requirements

Core Courses
HLTH 501Public Health Seminar: Foundations, Ethics, and Cultural Competency3
HLTH 502Determinants of Environmental Health3
HLTH 504Behavioral and Social Science in Health3
HLTH 565Foundations of Epidemiology3
HLTH 580Health Policy and Politics3
FCST 506Introductory Statistical Methods in Family and Child Studies3
or STAT 500 Biostatistical Methods for Research Workers I
Required Courses
HLTH 528Program Planning and Evaluation3
HLTH 529Applied Topics in Program Planning and Evaluation3
HLTH 555Health Disparities and Social Justice3
EDFD 503Methods of Research3
or HLTH 503 Research Methods in Health
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Applied Child Advocacy
Current Social Issues in Child Advocacy
Geographic Information Systems
Applied Data Collection Techniques and Analysis
Advanced Approaches to Evaluation
Child Development I: Theories of Child Development
Child Development II: Adolescence
Human Development
Intercultural Study of Family
Biomedical and Psychosocial Perspectives on Drugs
Foundations and Methods in Health Education
Grant Writing
Behavioral Aspects of Diet, Activity and Health
Human Diseases
The Teaching of Human Sexuality
Selected Topics in Health
Controversies in Sexuality Education
Community Project
Historical and Theoretical Perspectives on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
Food Safety
Social Marketing in Nutrition
Current Applications in Nutrition
Nutrition Education
Food and Nutrition Issues
Nutrition Policy
Latina/o Psychology
General Social Psychology
Fieldwork/Culminating Experience
HLTH 604Internship and Professional Seminar6
HLTH 606Culminating Seminar3
Total Credits42