Penn's Master in Public Health (MPH) Program is a CEPH accredited academic program that is housed in the Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI), with the degree being conferred by the Perelman School of Medicine.

What is Public Health?

As defined by the Association of Schools of Public Health, "Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Public health professionals analyze the effect on health of genetics, personal choice and the environment in order to develop programs that protect the health of your family and community. Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or re-occurring through implementing educational programs, developing policies, administering services, regulating health systems and some health professions, and conducting research, in contrast to clinical professionals, such as doctors and nurses, who focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured. It is also a field that is concerned with limiting health disparities and a large part of public health is the fight for health care equity, quality, and accessibility."

At Penn, we work to realize the mission of public health and develop programs and field experiences that support, enrich and expand evidence public health practice. Our work builds on a larger public health movement. To learn more, visit www.whatispublichealth.org.