The Westminster Public Health Program lays a solid foundation for public health practice in the twenty-first century. The Program focuses on developing knowledge and skills needed to be a competent public health professional. The Program prepares students to promote and protect public health and safety through education, service, and the application of evidence-based science. The program offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and a Certificate in Public Health (Cert.PH) that are taught in a format adapted to working professionals, meaning core courses will be offered every two weeks on a Friday and Saturday during the semester. Additional courses may be offered in the evening. Some faculty designated courses are offered online. The MPH degree is internationally recognized for public health professional practice.
The Certificate in Public Health (Cert.PH) is awarded at the completion of the six core courses (18 credits) in three semesters. The Cert.PH is designed to begin the process of formal and on-the-job training in public health. Because of the severe shortage of trained public health practitioners, public health organizations are pressed to hire many workers without formal public health training. The Certificate in Public Health (Cert.PH) provides a formal education program for those who have already started a public health career through on-the-job training as well as others wishing to enter the public health workforce. It also provides a training program for those students who wish to work in other professions but regularly interface with the health industry. Students who desire to continue their education in public health beyond the Certificate in Public Health (Cert.PH) will be permitted to apply certificate credits towards the Westminster Master of Public Health (MPH) degree.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is designed for working healthcare professionals in the Intermountain West. The MPH attracts individuals with a commitment to acquire knowledge and skills that will help them advance to leadership positions. Students come from a variety of careers such as health departments, hospitals, integrated health delivery systems, HMOs, group practices, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations. Students learn leadership and practical skills that help them apply their knowledge and expertise to situations that range from social issues to highly technical problems. The Capstone Research Project enables students to be innovative and analytical regarding a selected local, national, or global public health issue.
The Public Health Program at Westminster College prepares public health professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote health and prevent illness in Utah, the Intermountain West, the United States and the world. The program is grounded in the belief that to be most effective, public health practitioners should receive formal training in the core concepts of public health, which include; analytic and assessment skills, policy development and program planning skills, communication skills, cultural competency skills, community dimensions of practice skills, basic public health science skills, financial planning and management skills, and leadership and systems-thinking skills. We accomplish this while embracing the core values of Westminster College: impassioned teaching and active learning, respect for diverse people and perspectives, collaboration and teamwork, personal and social responsibility, college-wide excellence, as well as high ethical standards. We also follow the standards set forth by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) to assure excellence in public health education. This educational program prepares public health practitioners to meet the diverse challenges of public health locally, nationally, and globally.
The graduate of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program will be prepared to:
See the Admission to the College section for admission requirements.
A student must:
See the Grading and Academic Standards page for graduate academic probation and suspension policies.
A student may receive a practicum/classroom warning of probationary status at any time during the field or classroom experience if the faculty determines that the student's performance is unsatisfactory. The written warning will outline what the student must do to meet the course requirements. Students who have been placed on program probation will be formally evaluated at the end of that course. Program probation will be removed if the student is able to successfully meet the objectives by the end of the course. Students must be removed from program probation to progress to the next course. However, any program probationary status will be documented in the student record.
A student may be dismissed from the Public Health Program for any of the following reasons:
See the Grading and Academic Standards page for information on appeals for readmission.
Candidates for graduation should apply to the Registrar's Office approximately two regular semesters prior to planned completion of graduation requirements. Applications for December graduation are due in March and applications for May and August graduation are due in September. Please see the Academic Calendar for more specific dates. Candidates are notified of remaining degree requirements within four weeks after applying for graduation.
To be eligible for a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree or Certificate in Public Health (Cert.PH), students must satisfy the following conditions:
The final responsibility for being informed about, and adhering to, graduation requirements rests with the individual. Continued communication with the faculty advisor is recommended.
|Certificate in Public Health (Cert.PH)||Credit Hours|
|I. Required Courses||18|
|TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR THE CERTIFICATE IN PUBLIC HEALTH (Cert.PH)||18|
* Students who have had full time employment as a public health professional for a minimum of three years may appeal to have MPH 500 waived.
|Master of Public Health (MPH)||Credit Hours|
|I. Required Courses||39|
|II. Elective Courses||6|
Other elective courses must be approved by the director
|TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR THE MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH (MPH)||45|
Students who have had full time employment as a public health professional for a minimum of three years may appeal to have MPH 500 waived.
|.||Fall Semester||Spring Semester||Summer Semester|
|Year 1||MPH 500 (3)
MPH 510 (3)
MPH 630 (3)
|MPH 530 (3)
MPH 540 (3)
|MPH 520 (3)
MPH 621 (3)
MPH 622 (3)
|Year 2||MPH 600 (3)
MPH 635 (3)
MPH 640 (3)
|MPH 690 (6)