Master of Public Health

Graduate Degree
School of Nursing and Health Sciences


Westminster's Master of Public Health (MPH) program prepares students for a variety of careers in public health through rigorous course work, research opportunities, and real world practical experiences. Students graduate from the program with a solid base in both theory and practice.

Who It's For

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program is designed for working healthcare professionals who have a commitment to acquire the 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.

Key Benefits

  • A personalized education. Our small class sizes allow our experienced faculty to offer mentorship in and outside of the classroom.
  • Well-rounded faculty in both research and practice. The diverse qualities of our staff help us understand your career goals and the best approach to tailor your education towards those goals.
  • A schedule that works for you. Our work-friendly schedule offers all required courses every other weekend (Friday/Saturday) and elective courses in the evenings.
  • Career placement. Westminster MPH students have a high success rate in job placement.This is due in part to the high caliber of students we attract as well as the faculty mentorship and professional networking opportunities provided by Westminster
  • Leadership and practical skills. This will help you apply your knowledge 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.

How Long it Takes

The MPH generally takes two years to complete.

Accreditation Employers Trust

Westminster College's MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Graduates of CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health are equipped with the population health skills to address the world's most pressing health issues. The MPH degree is recognized internationally for the public health professional.

"I teach a Disaster and Public Health class where we address issues like Ebola, earthquakes, disease outbreak, flu, influenza, vaccinations. We discuss, Public Health problems and how they relate to disasters. Teaching and mentoring has changed my life; as a young man there weren't opportunities that I wish I could have and I want to give students those opportunities. Who am I? I am an emigrant, I am a Human Rights advocate, I'm a compassionate mentor, I am Westminster."

Fernando Rivero, Salt Lake County fire captain, graduate of the Master of Public Health program at Westminster, adjunct faculty member and advisor for the student organization, the Tipping Point.

Other Master of Public Health Programs

We also offer a Certificate in Public Health which is designed to begin the process of formal and on-the-job training in public health.

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Career Opportunities

Potential Careers

Students with a Master of Public Health enter a challenging and ever-changing field, where creativity combined with analytic skills are needed to make sense of the sometimes complex relationships between various factors that affect your health.

You could investigate outbreaks of food-borne diseases, manage large health-related organizations, educate children on health lifestyles, market anti-smoking messages to the public, monitor outbreaks of cryptosporidium in swimming pools, lobby the legislature on health-related issues, research environmental toxins and cancer, inspect restaurants for proper hygiene, or assure a healthy and safe environment for factory workers.

Specific careers in public health include:
  • Behavioral science/health education
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental health
  • Health services administration

There's No Better Investment Than You

Tuition and Fees

45 credits at $1040/credit

$46,800 total tuition


Merit scholarships, alumni scholarships, and loans are available.

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Meet the Faculty

John Contreras, Ph.D., MSPH

John ContrerasAssociate Professor
Director, Graduate Public Health Program

Dr. John R. Contreras is the director of the Master of Public Health program. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and the University of Utah. Dr. Contreras also attended Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Contreras is a trained epidemiologist and has conducted numerous studies in infectious and chronic diseases. Dr. Contreras also served as the manager of the public health command center during the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. His research interests include a variety of public health areas; one current interest is cancer cluster investigations.

Han Kim, Ph.D.

Han KimAssociate Professor
Director, Undergraduate Public Health Program

Dr. Han Kim is the director of the BS in Public Health program at Westminster College. Dr. Kim has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, an MSPH from the University of Utah, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington, where he also conducted research into the molecular epidemiology of colorectal cancer at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. His academic interests include undergraduate education in public health, the role of the liberal arts in public health education, and global learning. His research interests include social determinants in health, epidemiologic methods, and global health. His academic and research interests take him to Thailand and Myanmar, where he leads a service-learning trip for undergraduate students every May.

Colette Mcafee, Ph.D., MPH

Colette McafeeAssistant Professor

Dr. Colette A. McAfee is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Toledo. Dr. McAfee is trained in health behavior and health education, and has experience conducting survey and community health research across various populations. She is interested in many public health topics, including older adult health, health disparities, end-of-life care issues, and chronic disease prevention and management.

Sharon Talboys, Ph.D., MPH

Sharon TalboysAssistant Professor

Dr. Sharon Talboys has over 15 years of public health experience in both the practice and academic setting and has worked locally and internationally. She was an Assistant Bureau director at the Utah Department of Health in Public Health Preparedness and was Co-Director of the Office of Public Health Practice at the University of Utah, where she also co-directed the Global Health Learning Abroad program to India. She has a strong interest in global health, social, behavioral, and community dimensions of health, health policy and administration, workforce development, and gender and health. Dr. Talboys is a graduate of the University of Utah, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, and the State University of New York at Geneseo.


Royal Delegge, Ph.D., MPA

Royal Delegge

Royal DeLegge is an Adjunct Professor of Public Health, teaching courses in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences’ Master of Public Health Program. He has served, since August 1999, as Environmental Health Director for the Salt Lake County Health Department. Previously, Royal served as Director of Environmental Health for the Winnebago County Health Department in Rockford, Illinois and before that held various positions at the DuPage County Health Department in the Chicago metropolitan area. He holds a BS in Biology from Illinois State University, MPA from Northern Illinois University and PhD in Public Policy & Administration from Walden University. Royal is licensed as an Environmental Health Scientist in the State of Utah and is a Registered Sanitarian through the National Environmental Health Association. 

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