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Master of Public Health

Mission, Goals, and Diversity

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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

Mission, Goals, and Diversity

Mission and Goals

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

  • Education Goal Statement: To graduate students who are competent in the core areas of public health for their career roles in practice, research and/or teaching.
  • Research Goal Statement: To provide students and faculty the opportunity to participate in public health theory and practice research activities.
  • Service Goal Statement: To involve students and faculty in activities which promote and support service to the university, public health profession and the community.

Student Learning Outcomes

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.

Additional Services and Programs

Education Objectives

To achieve this program goal, the MPH program will:

  • Require students to complete core courses that provide foundation concepts in public health.
  • Provide a competency-based curriculum that will support the development of skills and knowledge that will enable students to identify and assess needs of populations, plan, implement and evaluate programs to protect and promote the health of populations.
  • Provide focused elective tracks to enhance and expand the learning experience in relation to the individual student's interests in public health.
  • Provide students a number of opportunities to apply public health knowledge and skills through field placements and other practicum experiences.

Research Objectives

To achieve this program goal, the MPH program will:

  • Maintain an academic environment that enables faculty and students to participate in a wide variety of public health research projects.
  • Promote research activities through course work and field experiences the will enable students and faculty to address important public health issues and problems.
  • Provide opportunities for public health faculty who are currently involved in research to share their experiences with all students through seminars, professional conferences, or involving students in ongoing research projects.

Service Objectives

To achieve this program goal, the MPH program will:

  • Involve students in services activities at the program level by having students serve as representatives on MPH related health department committees.
  • Respond to community agencies' requests for student and faculty involvement in service projects that focus on providing assistance and solutions to community health problems.
  • Provide continuing education and professional development opportunities for public health practitioners.
  • Provide students and faculty the opportunity to participate in public health professional organizations.