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Program Overview

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The Vanderbilt Master of Public Health is an interdisciplinary program to train public health scientists and leaders dedicated to improving the public health and preventing disease and disability. We offer two tracks: Epidemiology and Global Health.

The focus of the Epidemiology track is population-based quantitative evaluation. Thus, it seeks students who have a strong clinical background—generally physicians or other doctoral qualified professionals—and provides them with additional training that fosters their development as public health scientists or professionals. The Epidemiology track is open to physicians who have completed their residency training, or other health care professionals at a comparable level. Normally, applicants will be clinical research fellows or faculty who seek training for a future career in epidemiologic, clinical, or health services research or health administration.

The Global Health track is designed to educate innovative public health leaders to manage global health initiatives and to contribute to public policy that improves global health. The Global Health track is open to a diverse array of individuals who desire to make an impact in global health. Applicants may have a doctoral or other professional degree, or have exceptional qualifications with a bachelor’s degree.

A five-year joint MD/MPH degree is offered for students who demonstrate a level of independence typically associated with fellowship or junior faculty status. Students must apply separately to the MD and MPH programs.

The Vanderbilt MPH program is accredited through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).   

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Click here to view a draft of the January 2014 Vanderbilt MPH Program Strategic Plan

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