Today's career paths are full of twists and turns, requiring the skills to navigate a lifetime of job searches and career shifts. West Chester University Master of Public Health program offers the necessary tools to enable you to assume a productive role in the community. Take advantage of the services available and be alert to opportunities as they occur to secure excellent positions, and be empowered to be the architect of your own future!
Membership in a professional organization is an important part of professional growth. Before program completion, WCU MPH students are required to join at least one professional organization. Membership often offers such benefits as job banks, conferences, networking, social and professional support.
Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society-Beta Xi Chapter
Founded in 1924, Delta Omega is a national honor society existing to encourage research and scholarship among graduate students of public health and to recognize attainment and achievement in the field of public health. With over 50 active chapters across the country, Delta Omega and its members are dedicated to ensuring the quality of the field of public health and to the protection and advancement of the health of all people. The purpose of Delta Omega is to recognize academic merit and sincere commitment to public health work. For more information about Delta Omega, please visit the National Chapter's website Membership in Delta Omega is by election only. Therefore, students may nominate themselves for an opportunity to be inducted into the society by completing an application. Applications are only accepted once every year each March.
AcademyHealth - As the preeminent professional society for health services researchers and health policy analysts, AcademyHealth collaborates with the health services research community and other key stakeholders to advance research, policy and practice by supporting the development of health services research, facilitating the use of the best available research and assisting health policy and practice leaders in addressing major health challenges
Go to the website to join: $40 annual student membership fee
Air & Waste Management Association - The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional organization that enhances knowledge and expertise by providing a neutral forum for information exchange, professional development, networking opportunities, public education, and outreach to more than 8000 environmental professionals in 65 countries. A&WMA also promotes global environmental responsibility and increases the effectiveness of organizations to make critical decisions that benefit society. TheMissionof A&WMA is to assist in the professional development and critical environmental decision-making of our members to benefit society. The corePurposeof A&WMA is to improve environmental knowledge and decisions by providing a neutral forum for exchanging information.
Go to the website to join: $35 annual student membership fee
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance - AAHPERD envisions a society in which all individuals enjoy an optimal quality of life through appreciation of and participation in an active and creative, health-promoting lifestyle. Members of AAHPERD and its national, district, and state associations are recognized as dynamic role models in the realization of this desired future. Members and staff are fully committed to accepting responsibility for continued determination of this future. AAHPERD’s mission is to promote and support leadership, research, education, and best practices in the professions that support creative, healthy, and active lifestyles.
Go to the website to join: $50 student annual membership fee (choose an association within AAHPERD upon joining)
American Botanical Council - At the American Botanical Council, we are passionate about helping people live healthier lives through the responsible use of herbs, medicinal plants. We are an independent, nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information for consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, industry and the media.
Go to the website to join: $50 annual student membership
American Chemical Society - ACS is dynamic and visionary, committed to “Improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry.” This vision ─ developed and adopted by the ACS Board of Directors after broad consultation with the membership ─ fully complements the ACS Mission statement, which is “to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.” Together, these two statements represent our ultimate reason for being and provide a strategic framework for our efforts.
Go to the website to join: $72.50 annual student membership fee
American College Health Association - The American College Health Association (ACHA) has linked college health professionals throughout the nation (and more recently around the globe), forming a powerful, collaborative networking base. This unique synthesis of vision and knowledge, of practice and policy, can guide and support you and your health service, your health programs, and your professional development. ACHA will provide advocacy, education, communications, products, and services, as well as promote research and culturally competent practices to enhance its members' ability to advance the health of all students and the campus community.
Go to the website to join: $35 student annual membership fee
American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) - The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE is known for its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management, and its educational programs including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership. ACHE's established network of more than 80 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level.
Go to the website to join: $75 membership fee for students enrolled in a health services administration program
American Dietetic Association - The American Dietetic Association is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. It does this by empowering its members to be the nation's food and nutrition leaders.
Go to the website to join: $50 annual student membership fee
American Evaluation Association - The American Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation. Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness. AEA has approximately 5500 members representing all 50 states in the US as well as over 60 foreign countries
Go to the website to join: $30 annual student membership fee
American Holistic Dental Association - Since 1978, the Holistic Dental Association has been providing support and guidance to practitioners of holistic and alternative dentistry, as well as informing the public of the benefits of holistic dentistry for their health and well-being. Our purpose is to provide information and guidance to those persons seeking to participate in their own health care and to help in the continuing education of practitioners who have a desire to expand their knowledge and awareness.
Go to the website to join: *$99 for dental students attending an accredited dental program
American Holistic Medical Association - The AHMA was founded in 1978 to unite licensed physicians who practice holistic medicine. It is the oldest holistic medicine organization of its kind, and many of today's national leaders in holistic medicine got their start as members of the AHMA. Since its first meeting in Denver, Colorado, the AHMA has continued to strive toward creating fellowship and collaboration among practitioners and those they work with - bringing an understanding of how the mind, the body and the spirit all have a part to play in healing.
Go to the website to join: * Primarily for health practitioners or attending an accredited medical program
American Holistic Nurses Association - The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) is a non-profit membership association for nurses and other holistic healthcare professionals, serving more than 4,100 members and more than 152 local network chapters across the U.S. and abroad. AHNA promotes the education of nurses, other healthcare professionals, and the public in all aspects of holistic caring and healing. The efforts of AHNA recently resulted in the recognition of holistic nursing as an “official nursing specialty” by the American Nurses Association. The American Holistic Nursing Association nurtures and inspires its members and advances the philosophy and practices of holistic nursing.
Go to the website to join: $50 annual student membership fee ($75 for part time students)
American Industrial Hygiene Association - Science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace which may cause sickness, impaired health and well being, or significant discomfort among workers or among citizens of the community. Industrial hygienists are scientists and engineers committed to protecting the health and safety of people in the workplace and the community.
Go to the website to join: $10 annual student membership fee
American School Health Association - The mission of the American School Health Association is to build the capacity of its members to plan, develop, coordinate, implement, evaluate, and advocate for effective school health strategies that contribute to optimal health and academic outcomes for all children and youth. The American School Health Association envisions healthy students who learn and achieve in safe and healthy environments nurtured by caring adults functioning within coordinated school and community support systems.
Go to the website to join: $45 annual student membership fee
American Society for Clinical Oncology - A tax exempt, not-for-profit organization, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) was founded in 1964 by a small group of physician members of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) who recognized the need for the creation of a separate society dedicated to issues unique to clinical oncology. For 26 years, the Society’s affairs were handled by an external management company. ASCO established a publications office in 1983 and a government relations office in 1989. ASCO began working towards becoming a self-managed organization and hired the first Executive Vice President, John R. Durant, MD, in January 1995. By 1996 the transition to self-operation went into full effect when ASCO established its headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. ASCO currently has more than 280 dedicated full-time staff to manage its growing number of programs, services, and interests in cancer public health issues.
Go to the website to join: Membership available to experienced licensed physicians, $540 membership plus a $35 one-time initiation fee
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) - The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), founded in 1903, is a worldwide organization of scientists, clinicians, and program professionals whose mission is to promote global health through the prevention and control of infectious and other diseases that disproportionately afflict the global poor. Research, health care and education are the central activities of ASTMH members, whose work bridges basic laboratory research to international field work and clinics to country-wide programs.
Go to the website to join: $15 student membership fee
American Public Health Association (APHA) - The American Public Health Association is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and has been working to improve public health since 1872. The Association aims to protect all Americans, their families and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health professionals and others who care about their own health and the health of their communities.
Go to the website to join: $60 annual fee (student), $195 annually (regular membership)
American Water Works Association - AWWA is the authoritative resource on safe water, with members’ worldwide sharing knowledge on water resource development, water and wastewater treatment technology, water storage and distribution, and utility management and operations. AWWA provides knowledge, information and advocacy to improve water quality and supply in North America and beyond and advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the water community. AWWA is an international nonprofit and educational society and the largest and oldest organization of water professionals in the world.
Go to the website to join: $28 annual student membership fee
Association for Integrative Health Practitioners - A nonprofit credentialing and certification membership association supporting continuing education and research for Complementary, Alternative and Integrative medical care practitioners, providers, administrators, and educators. AIHCP supports a vision to establish or affiliate with Integrative Medical Facilities in every state for the treatment and research of Illness utilizing both traditional and non-traditional (Integrative Complementary and Alternative) treatment modalities.
Go to the website to join: $185 student membership fee ($110 after the first year)
Division of Environmental Chemistry - The Division of Environmental Chemistry, Inc. of the American Chemical Society will be the premiere global professional organization providing a dynamic, interactive and integrating community for those applying chemistry to understanding and solving environmental and sustainability issues.
Go to the website to join: *Must also be a member of parent organization – American Chemical Society
Eta Sigma Gamma - Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG), is the National Health Education Honorary. ESG has enjoyed a rich history of partnering with other professional health organizations to promote the profession of health education and health promotion since 1967. Our local chapters, at more than 100 universities and colleges in the U.S., enhance the professional development of students through involvement in health education activities, providing leadership and advocacy opportunities, recognizing academic achievements, and networking experiences with health professionals and fellow Gammans.>
Go to the website to join: $40 initiation fee plus additional requirements found on the website
Global Health Council (GHC) - The Global Health Council works to ensure that all who strive for improvement and equity in global health have the information and resources they need to succeed. To achieve this goal, the Council serves as the voice for action on global health issues and the voice for progress in the global health field.
Go to the website to join: $60 student membership fee
Integrative Practitioners - IntegrativePractitioner.com represents a collaborative effort between many generous and esteemed organizations and individuals who support the integrative healthcare model. Our goal is to support the wide spectrum of integrative healthcare professionals in becoming more successful in their practices in order to effect positive improvements in the current standards of healthcare, policy and to strengthen the common ground among all constituents. To support these efforts, the site will be the destination for business networking relationships among companies and practitioners.
Go to the website to join: Membership is free!(established for those already practicing integrative medicine)
International Association for Worksite Health Promotion - This association is dedicated to enhancing the personal and organizational health and well-being of employees and their families. Its mission is to advance the global community of worksite health promotion practitioners through high-quality information, services, educational activities, personal and professional development and networking opportunities.
Go to the website to join: $25 student annual membership fee
International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research - SPOR promotes the science of pharmacoeconomics (health economics) and outcomes research (the scientific discipline that evaluates the effect of health care interventions on patient well-being including clinical outcomes, economic outcomes, and patient-reported outcomes) and facilitates the translation of this research into useful information for healthcare decision-makers to ensure that society allocates scarce health care resources wisely, fairly and efficiently.
Go to the website to join: $35 student membership fee (or $105 for ISPOR Connections subscription in hardcopy)
National Environmental Health Association - NEHA’s mission is to advance the environmental health and protection professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all. Advancement has been defined by NEHA in terms of both education and motivation. The basis for the association’s activities is the belief that the professional who is educated and motivated is the professional who will make the greatest contribution to the healthful environmental goals which we all seek. Accordingly, great emphasis is placed on providing, through each of NEHA’s programs, both an educational as well as a motivational opportunity.
Go to the website to join: $25 annual student membership fee
The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) - The New York Academy of Sciences is the world's nexus of scientific innovation in the service of humanity. For nearly 200 years — since 1817 — the Academy has brought together extraordinary people working at the frontiers of discovery and promoted vital links between science and society. One of the oldest scientific organizations in the United States, the Academy has become not only a notable and enduring cultural institution in New York City, but also one of the most significant organizations in the international scientific community. The Academy has a three-pronged mission: to advance scientific research and knowledge, support scientific literacy, and promote the resolution of society's global challenges through science-based solutions.
Go to the website to join: Student memberships are $36 for one year, $57 for two years, and $82 for three years
Pennsylvania Public Health Association - PPHA is a membership organization working to promote the health of Pennsylvania residents through the advancement of sound public health policies and practice. PPHA members from across the state have interest, experience, and expertise over a wide range of health-related issues, including those related to policy, education, private and public sector health services and healthcare delivery, legislation, and health-related research. The PPHA is a state affiliate of the American Public Health Association (APHA).
Go to the website to join: $10 annual student membership fee
Society of Behavioral Medicine - The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. That's the perfect metaphor for the Society of Behavioral Medicine, a multidisciplinary, non-profit organization founded in 1978. Each part, each discipline, can stand alone. But together - when nursing, psychology, medicine and public health form an interdisciplinary team - new perspectives emerge on human behavior, health and illness. When you join SBM, you contribute to that unique multidisciplinary team, and your disciplinary experience and expertise is an essential part of the Whole.
Go to the website to join: $97 annual student membership fee
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry - The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry is a not-for-profit, worldwide professional organization comprised of individuals and institutions dedicated to the study, analysis and solution of environmental problems, the management and regulation of natural resources, research and development and environmental education. Our mission is to support the development of principles and practices for protection, enhancement and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity.
Go to the website to join: $40 annual student membership fee
Society for Nutrition Education - The Society for Nutrition Education (SNE) represents the unique professional interests of nutrition educators in the United States and worldwide. SNE is dedicated to promoting effective nutrition education and communication to support and improve healthful behaviors and has a vision of healthy communities through nutrition education and advocacy. SNE provides forums for sharing innovative strategies for nutrition education, expressing a range of views on important issues, and disseminating research findings. Members of SNE educate individuals, families, fellow professionals, and students, and influence policy makers about nutrition, food, and health.
Go to the website to join: $60 annual student membership fee
*First year fee based on the month your application is approved
Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) - The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is an independent, international professional association made up of a diverse membership of health education professionals and students. The organization promotes healthy behaviors, healthy communities, and healthy environments through its membership, its network of local chapters, and its numerous partnerships with other organizations. With its primary focus on public health education, SOPHE provides leadership through a code of ethics, standard for professional preparation, research, and practice; professional development; and public outreach.
Go to the website to join: $75 annual student membership fee
Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE): Pennsylvania Chapter (PA – SOPHE) - The mission of the Society for Public Health Education is to provide leadership to the profession of public health education and to contribute to the health of all people and the elimination of disparities through advances in health education theory and research, excellence in professional preparation and practice, and advocacy for public policies conducive to health.
Go to the website to join: $10 annual student membership fee
Certified Health Education Specialists are professionals who plan, implement, and evaluate activities and programs that help improve the health of all people. These programs can take place in a variety of settings including schools, communities, health care facilities, businesses and colleges and many more.
Note: Students in the Community Health Concentration are eligible for the CHES Exam as the required courses in this concentration prepares students for the exam. Students from other concentrations may also be eligible for this exam if they take the required community health courses in order to prepare for it. Contact a Community Health Concentration advisor to help determine eligibility.
The CHES Exam is more specialized than the CPH exam and signifies that an individual has met eligibility requirements for, and has successfully passed a competency-based examination demonstrating skill and knowledge of seven areas of responsibility upon which the credential is based. The student fee for this exam ranges from $210 to $265 depending on the date of registration.
Public health professionals will be confronted by complex health issues, such as controlling infectious diseases, reducing environmental hazards, public health preparedness and substance abuse. This is why they need to be dedicated to staying at the forefront of their field by understanding the interaction between the different specialized areas of public health.
Becoming a Certified Public Health Professional Has Multiple Benefits:
The Public Health Exam is rooted in five basic core competencies of public health to reflect the nature of the field and the way one area of knowledge blends into another. The certification exam is administered to graduates of CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health. The student fee for this exam is $400 or $425 depending on the date of registration. More information can be found on the website.
Since 1960, American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), a not-for-profit corporation, has been the world's largest premier organization for certifying professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene. ABIH is responsible for ensuring high-quality certification including education, experience, examination, certification maintenance and ethics enforcement.
(Through the National Environmental Health Association)
Receive the recognition you deserve for your expertise by earning one of the environmental health credentials offered by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). Founded in 1937 by practitioners who wanted to establish a standard of excellence for the profession, that standard has come to be known as the Registered Environmental Health Specialist or Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) credential. Since that time, NEHA has developed additional credentials that evidence mastery of specialized knowledge.
NEHA is striving to make the credentialing process as convenient as possible. Computer testing has now been added, and an online Continuing Education Submission process has been developed. These marks of distinction assist both employers and the credentialed individual. Employers can be confident that a credentialed employee has acquired the knowledge necessary to competently perform their duties. Credentialed individuals may find positions easier to obtain, and may increase their earnings.
All MPH students will be required to complete at least one six-hour community service activity before graduating.
The MPH Program at West Chester University (WCU) provides students the opportunity to engage in community service to enable students to cultivate professionalism and conscious responsibility toward the profession along with the goals of public health through service to communities, agencies, underserved populations and organizations.
The overall public health purpose of the community service requirement activity is to enable students to participate in a variety of public health related activities within the community setting. These activities serve the purpose of introducing students to the role of community service as a public health professional.
The community service needs to be organized through a non-profit organization/agency. Also, note that service to professional organizations cannot be counted as meeting the Community Service requirement. Satisfactory completion of the Community Service requirement before graduation clearance can be processed to receive the MPH diploma.
The Applied Learning Experience is designed to help students apply, while working in a public health-related setting, the knowledge and skills developed during the theoretical aspects of MPH Program. It is recognized that the competencies needed in the professional work place will be similar but often somewhat different from those used in a classroom situation. Relationships may also be different. Therefore the transition from classroom to the work setting requires careful preparation.
These guidelines will assist students in making informed choices regarding the selection of the Applied Learning Experience placement site where he/she can sharpen competencies learned, benefit from new experiences and grow professionally. These guidelines will also help to coordinate the efforts of Applied Learning Experience Faculty Advisor and Agency Site Supervisor. The appendices document contains all Applied Learning Experience forms to be completed by the student, Applied Learning Experience Faculty Advisory and Agency Site Supervisor. Please contact Dr. Lynn Carson for more information about the Applied Learning Experience.
The purpose of the MPH Student Advisory Board MPH SAB) is: (1) to identify MPH program strengths and areas for improvement to then be funneled to the MPH Faculty for discussion/action, (2) to nominate/elect a MPH student representative to attend monthly MPH Faculty Meetings, and (3) to address any other needs of the MPH student body (i.e., social, community involvement, career development, etc.). Dr. Stacie Metz is the MPH SAB faculty advisor and student leadership is annually elected. Meeting announcements are placed on the MPH Program Facebook page as well as the Public Health Bulletin Board in Sturzebecker across from classrooms 325/326. All MPH students are welcome to join.
This committee consists of key leaders/representatives of county, state and health care organizations in the Chester County/Delaware Valley region. The committee is charged to review the overall MPH Program in terms of community needs and future directions in public health. Committee members review the MPH curriculum and MPH accreditation documents related to the program. The members of this committee provide recommendations for program revisions and changes along with support for practicum and career advisement. Members also provide opportunities in public health related to internships, careers in public health, and opportunities for MPH students and faculty to engage in public health-related research and service activities.