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The Master of Public Health Program in Urban Health at Northeastern University seeks to provide society with knowledgeable, professionally-educated, racially and ethnically diverse individuals who promote and protect the health of urban communities through innovation in practice-oriented education, research, and service.
In order to help prepare the next generation of urban public health leaders and professionals, the MPH Program in Urban Health offers our diverse graduate students:
We welcome your interest in our unique program. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Rapid urbanization worldwide drives the need for innovative public health approaches that take into careful account the unique characteristics, challenges, and opportunities that exist in urban environments.
The Master of Public Health Program in Urban Health at Northeastern University has been developed specifically to meet the growing demand for public health professionals who have the ability to navigate the complex issues inherent to the urban context.
One of the few of its kind, our program brings together interdisciplinary faculty with expertise in working with diverse urban populations and builds upon Northeastern’s rich history of community engagement to provide students with the experience and skills needed to address urban public health issues.
With a focus on racial and ethnic health disparities, students examine how the characteristics of the urban environment can effect health and wellbeing. Sample topics include:
We are committed to building an effective and diverse public health workforce. Our students are motivated by the urgent need to address the inequities in health that burden urban populations, both within the United States and abroad. Graduates from our program have both the technical expertise to handle complex urban health problems, as well as the cultural sensitivity to interact effectively with and advocate for diverse urban populations.
The MPH Program in Urban Health has identified the following core public health and urban health competencies which guide all program activities:
General Public Health Competencies
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
Public Health Sciences Skills
Cultural Competency Skills
Urban Health Specific Competencies
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
Public Health Sciences Skills
Cultural Competency Skills
Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health
The MPH Program in Urban Health CEPH Accreditation Self Study is available by contacting the Program Manager, Alison Gillis, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MPH Program in Urban Health is a professional (non-thesis) master’s degree program offered by the Bouvé College of Health Sciences Department of Health Sciences. Characteristics of the curriculum include academic rigor and competency-based education in a supportive and engaging learning environment. The curriculum components meet the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) accreditation requirements.
All MPH degree candidates must complete a total of 42 credits consisting of:
5 courses, 3 credits each = 15 credits
3 courses, 3 credits each = 9 credits
1 course, 3 credits = 3 credits
Students choose either:
3 courses, 3 credits each = 9 credits
Elective courses may be taken on a range of public health topics. Cross-departmental offerings are included in elective courses and provide MPH students with unique opportunities to focus their interests in emerging areas of urban public health practice. Some areas of interest and sample electives include:
Minimum 200 hour, community-based internship (3 credits)
The goal of the Practicum is to provide the opportunity to integrate and apply classroom learning in a public health work environment, enabling students to observe and learn from professionals in the field. The student contributes to a community’s resources and to the solution of public health problems, while developing practical skills and personal confidence as a public health professional. The practicum serves as a transition point for the student from education to professional practice.
The nature and location of the practicum is flexible. Students have completed their practicum in many different settings, including:
Capstone Project (3 credits)
As a culminating experience, students are required to complete a Capstone Project, an extension of the required Practicum. The Capstone Project provides students with the opportunity to develop or take on projects of mutual interest to a public health agency and the student in a range of diverse public health practice settings reflective of a particular urban health focus.
The Capstone Project provides students with the opportunity to integrate their theory and practice experiences in a major research, program planning, policy development, management, service delivery, or evaluation project. Community-based participatory projects are actively encouraged and, to the extent possible, Capstone Projects have as a goal the active contribution to the health of the local community.
Capstone Projects are student led and designed in consultation with community partners. Faculty members provide guidance and mentoring. Students participate in a Capstone Seminar intended to support the integration of their practice and analytic experiences.
Students may enroll in the MPH program on a part-time (1 to 2 courses per semester) or full-time (4 courses per semester) basis. In general, the curriculum requires two years of full-time study to complete, but can be completed in up to five years, if done on a part-time basis.
The 8 core Public Health and Urban Health courses meet once a week and are taught from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, facilitating enrollment for students who work full or part-time. Various electives are also offered during the evening, the summer, as intensive courses, or in hybrid on-campus/online formats.
The MPH Program accepts domestic students for entry in both the Fall and Spring semesters. International students are accepted for entry in the Fall semester only. The application deadline for Fall entry is 6/1 and for Spring entry is 10/1. All applicants must apply via the SOPHAS application system. Dual degree applicants apply via a separate process; please visit the programs’ websites for more information.
The Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications in February for the Fall; submission by 3/15 is recommended for scholarships, financial aid consideration, and for international students.
Requirements for admission to the MPH program include:
∗ The Admissions Committee requests that all applicants complete the GRE and typically looks for scores at or above the 50th percentile in each domain. In very rare circumstances, when the applicant has already obtained a PhD, MD, JD, or similar advanced degree, this requirement may be waived. If an applicant wishes to submit a petition to have the GRE waived, the GRE Waiver form should be sent to the MPH Program Director with supporting materials (CV and/or transcripts). The petition will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
♦ The Admissions Committee looks for TOEFL score of >100. Please note we do not accept IELTS scores. Exemptions to this policy are reviewed by the program director. To request a petition to waive the TOEFL, the TOEFL Waiver form along with supporting materials (CV/Transcripts) should be sent to the MPH Program Director. Exemptions to this policy are in very rare cases when an applicant’s education has taken place in an English-speaking country.
The MPH Program accepts domestic students for entry in both the Fall and Spring semesters. International students are accepted for entry in the Fall only. The application deadline for Fall entry is 6/1 and for Spring entry is 10/1. The Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications in February for the Fall and in October for the Spring; submission by 3/15 is recommended for scholarships, financial aid consideration, and for international students. All applicants must apply via the SOPHAS system. Dual degree applicants apply via a separate process; please visit the programs’ websites for more information.
The MPH Program in Urban Health admits 25 students per year. We value small class sizes so that students are able to receive personal attention and have opportunities to learn in interactive, rigorous, and supportive learning environments.
From February through May, the Admissions Committee meets monthly to review completed online applications for the Fall. From October through November, the Admissions Committee meets monthly to review completed online applications for the Spring. Typically, for the months in which the Admissions Committee meets, application decisions will be made within a four-week time frame.
Federal financial aid and institutional scholarships may be available to qualified students. The Office of Student Financial Services provides the most up-to-date information. You may also call 617.373.5899 or email email@example.com.
Tuition scholarship subject to the following guidelines:
Double Husky Scholarship
The Double Husky Scholarship helps Northeastern alums returning to the institution to earn their graduate degrees by providing a tuition discount of 25 percent. Alums are automatically considered for the scholarship when they apply to the MPH Program.
Full-time students and part-time students starting in Fall 2014 and beyond are eligible. If students receive other grants or scholarships from Northeastern, the award of higher value will be given.
Graduate Fellowships in Urban Health Research
The Student Research Fellowship Northeastern Tuition Waiver Program offers outstanding educational benefits to active eligible faculty and staff and to their qualified dependents. Tuition benefits are available to full-time and part-time employees.
This fellowship provides graduate students with valuable opportunities to gain hands-on experience working on urban health research studies, learn about preparation of grant applications, attend research seminars, receive mentoring from experienced researchers, and meet local and national experts in the field. To date, the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice (IUHRP) has funded 25 fellowships (2 undergraduates and 23 graduate students) in its Student Research Fellowship Program. Some of these student fellows have had multiple year awards. Student Fellows are assigned to an ongoing research project at the IUHRP through which they receive training in: data management, coding, and analyses; conducting critical literature reviews; grant writing; preparation of manuscripts and presentations; and field data collection. For further information please visit the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice‘s website.
Graduate Student Scholarship
These scholarships provide a predetermined tuition discount by awarding students a specific number of graduate semester hours in free tuition (typically MPH students are given awards that cover four to six credits). There is no work requirement, and applicants are automatically considered for this scholarship. Nothing additional, besides a completed application, is needed.
Martin Luther King Fellowship Scholarship
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Graduate Fellowship Program provides up to nine graduate student scholarships each year, covering full tuition and general fees for the student’s graduate program. The Program is administered by the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an accomplished scholar who exemplified the utmost qualities of leadership. In keeping with the high standards exemplified by Dr. King, recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Graduate Fellowship should be of African origin, demonstrate high standards of leadership, and have a record of community service.
If you would like to take a class in the MPH Program without officially enrolling, you may register as a Special Student at Bouvé College of Health Sciences. You may complete up to 12 credits of MPH core courses and then apply to the program.
A graduate from MPH in Urban Health program has both the technical expertise to address specific urban health issues as well as the strategic and cultural competency needed to interact effectively with and be an advocate for diverse urban populations. Completing your public health training at Northeastern University affords the opportunity to learn from and work with urban public health professionals striving to improve the health of individuals, families, and communities in the Greater Boston area and beyond.
Graduates with an MPH degree are employed in number of varied professional settings including: federal, state, and local health agencies; universities and colleges; hospitals; ambulatory medical centers; nonprofit organizations; community-based agencies; insurance and pharmaceutical industries; health maintenance organizations; and private foundations.
There are a number of online resources with open positions for individuals beginning or continuing their careers in public health. A few are listed below:
Please feel free to contact the Program Manager, Alison Gillis, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Program Director, Dr. Shan Mohammed, at email@example.com, with any questions. Additionally, if you’d like to get the perspectives of current students, please email our Student Representatives at NEUMPHstudents@gmail.com.