Public health involves preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through organized efforts. It is a combination of six core areas:
- health services administration
- health education
- behavioral science
- environmental science
Public health focuses on improving people’s health and quality of life through the prevention and treatment of disease and other conditions, as well as the promotion of public health measures to control the spread of disease and encourage healthier living. A concentration in program development focuses on leadership, planning, and organization in the public health field – skills designed to take on major health issues affecting the entire population.
In general, a Master of Public Health degree takes two years to complete and does not have any prerequisites. Focusing on program development builds upon the public health fundamentals and provide students with skills in a variety of disciplines, including finance, public relations, human resources, ethics, law, management, and communication. With an MPH in public health program development, students are able to pursue a career working for health facilities, government departments, non-profit organizations, as well as private organizations – providing community public health analysis, program planning and implementation, and health care safety.