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Master of Public Health


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Master of Public Health

Sturzebecker Health Science Center
855 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Name: Dr. Lynn Carson
Phone: 610-436-2245 | 610-436-2138

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Mission and Values

The mission of the MPH Program in the Department of Health is to enable students to develop skills and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines for the promotion and protection of health in human populations and to serve as effective practitioners and leaders in the fields of community health, health care management, environmental health, or nutrition.

Core Values of MPH Program

The core values of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program are shaped by the following two interrelated convictions:

  • Health is central to human existence, as it impacts both the quality and quantity of life of all individuals.
  • Public health is vital for enhancing the health of individuals and their communities.

To promote the health of individuals and communities, all public health professionals (students, staff, faculty, and others affiliated with the program) are invited to adopt and further the following core values:

  • Seeking and sharing knowledge and wisdom.
  • Lifelong learning for self and others.
  • Taking responsibility for one's actions.
  • Ensuring the highest personal and professional integrity.
  • Cultivating deep compassion for those suffering from ill health.
  • Committing to and supporting diversity of individuals, views, programs, and institutions.
  • Respecting, always, human dignity and human rights.
  • Promoting social justice and justice for all.

We believe the cultivation and practice of these personal and professional values translates into the following for our MPH Program:

  • An academic model that values the integration of the scholarship of teaching, research, and community service.
  • A commitment to student-centered learning.
  • Shared governance of every aspect of the program.
  • A learning environment characterized by objective, evidence-based knowledge.
  • Meaningful, active experiential learning and community service.
  • Collaboration and mentoring not only among the faculty but also between the faculty and our students.
  • A global public health view.
  • An engaged, seriousness of purpose to improve the health of individuals and the communities in which they live.

Goals and Objectives

Goal statements and objectives for the MPH Program are divided into three key areas of education, research and service.

Student Learning Outcomes


Goal Statement

To provide students with relevant marketable skills that prepare graduates for successful careers in the field of public health.


To achieve this program goal, the MPH program will:

1: To recruit and retain qualified graduate students.

2:  Students will gain relevant public health knowledge and skills through MPH core/track courses and related practicum.

3:  Graduates of the MPH program will be valuable skilled professionals in the public health-related workforce.



Research Goal Statement

MPH faculty and students will engage in research and scholarly activity reflecting the theory and practice of public health.


To achieve this program goal, the MPH program will:

  1. MPH faculty will participate in research and/or evaluation projects or other scholarly activities.
  2. MPH students will participate in Research Methods (HEA 648), Applied Learning Experience (ALE) and/or individual faculty led research projects.



Goal Statement

To involve students and faculty in activities which promote and support service to the university, public health profession, and the community.


To achieve this program goal, the MPH program will:

  1. MPH faculty will participate in service activities in the public health profession and the community.
  2. MPH students will have opportunities to participate in service activities in the public health profession, in the community and in the university.
  3. The MPH program will sponsor public health-related workforce professional development opportunities annually.


Focus on Diversity

The Master of Public Health Program embraces the concept of diversity as central to our Mission and to the values of West Chester University. Diversity is reflected in our programs and course offerings and our faculty and students. In particular, we create learning opportunities for our students that foster an appreciation for diversity within the student body, the faculty and in the communities where we live and work.

The focus on diversity underlies all we do, since civility, respect, and appreciation of diversity are essential to the development of effective public health practitioners.

Demographic Characteristics of MPH Students

2010 (n = 146)


  • Female: 74.6%
  • Male: 25.4%


  • African American: 34.9%
  • Native American: 1.4%
  • Asian: 5.5%
  • Latino: 1.4%
  • White: 43.1%
  • International Student: 13.7%

Programs and Offices

Below is a sampling of links to programs and offices at WCU that address issues of diversity.

The Office of Social Equity assists the University through collaborative efforts with all departments and offices in achieving its commitments to the principles of equity and affirmative action.

The Frederick Douglass Institute is a university program for advancing multicultural studies across the curriculum and for deepening the intellectual heritage of Frederick Douglass, the former slave, distinguished orator, journalist, author, and statesman. Douglass, who was a frequent visitor to the West Chester area, gave his last public lecture on West Chester's campus on February 1, 1895.

The Women's Center promotes a campus community that values the safety, equality, and intellectual advancement of women at West Chester University.

The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) offers services for students with physical and learning disabilities. The OSSD is designed to assist students in making a successful transition to college life. We take a proactive stance that encourages students to understand their needs and strengths in order to best advocate for themselves.

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