Why Choose Our Program

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Prepare to address current and emerging public health challenges by earning an MPH degree from UB.

Why public health?

  • Create a healthier world
  • Detect and investigate health problems
  • Protect the health and safety of individuals, families, communities and populations
  • Prevent health problems through programming, education, policies and research
  • Promote healthy behaviors and foster safe and healthy environments

Why public health at UB?

What will you learn?

All MPH students learn a common set of foundational competencies. Students will also learn a set of competencies that are specific to their concentration or program:

Apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom, and engage in the practice of public health with a local, regional or international public health or healthcare agency through a field training experience.

Incorporate what you learned in the classroom and at field training, into a paper and presentation that addresses a public health issue through an integrative project.

What can you do in UB's MPH program?

  • Learn interprofessionally with students from medicine, law, business, social work, pharmacy and other disciplines
  • Gain experience with a health department, hospital or provider network, community organization or international health agency
  • Meet leaders from health departments, public health agencies and healthcare organizations locally and regionally through seminars and panels
  • Connect and learn in innovative ways through hybrid courses, student clubs, public health organization visits, simulations and volunteer opportunities
  • Collaborate with internationally-recognized faculty experts on public health research in a variety of areas
  • Network with MPH alumni and employers
  • Prepare for your future with job-seeking guidance and career services

What can you do with your UB MPH?

An MPH is a versatile degree that prepares you for careers in settings that include local, state, national or international public health agencies, health care delivery systems, nonprofit health agencies or research institutes.

Begin your career in public health

  • Work as director of a health department
  • Detect and investigate diseases as an epidemiologist
  • Develop, deliver and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs
  • Educate families and communities on healthy behaviors
  • Protect our food, water and air as an environmental specialist
  • Manage and analyze healthcare informatics
  • Manage or oversee hospitals, provider networks, managed care organizations or other healthcare organizations as a health administrator
  • Conduct research that advances the world's understanding of disease and disability, health and well-being and healthcare delivery

These are just a few of the ways you can work in public health with your MPH degree.

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Focus on your future

Become Certified in Public Health (CPH). You can sit for the CPH exam with your MPH degree from UB.

Learn more about the CPH exam.