PUBLIC HEALTH CAREER PATH
Ismael Reyna is in his final year in the Master of Public Health program in the College of Health Sciences. When making the transition into the program, he immediately discovered an interest in bio-statistical data analysis. Since then, Ismael has become proficient in epidemiological investigations; investigating disease outbreaks and interventions.
The MPH (Master of Public Health) program is a practice-centered curriculum designed to prepare students for the health problems of the 21st century by focusing on the core functions of public health – health status assessment, environmental health quality assurance, behavior change strategies, health disparities, as well as health policy development and research. The MPH program has a value-added component that focuses on minority health and health equity. The MPH curriculum is designed to emphasize the social and behavioral scientific strategies in understanding the causality, consequences, prevention and control of the diseases and untimely deaths in minority populations.
An individual with a MPH degree can look to pursue the following concentrations and careers:
- Education - This role relates to working with community agencies to spread information related to health. Examples: Intervention developer for a community organization or an official at a health agency.
- Administration and Management - Managing complex institutions, organizations, and health services delivery programs in the public and private sector such as: hospitals and clinics, insurance companies, etc.
- Research - Demands skills to meet the challenges of an ever-changing field. Examples include: toxicology research, environmental epidemiology, etc.
There are many more career paths available with an MPH degree. At CSU, we encourage you to pursue any interest you have. Be aware that some concentrations may require additional education or even certification. If a specific concentration sparks your interest, you can click the button below to fill out our simple form.
Professor Thomas Britt, Ph.D.
Dr. Britt is Chair of the Department of Health Studies in the College of Health Sciences at CSU. He received his MD and MPH in 1979 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His post-graduate residency was done at Cook County Hospital, Chicago in Radiology. Dr. Britt has practiced as a Radiology Consultant, an American College of Sports Medicine certified Health Fitness Specialist and more recently, he has immersed his efforts into academia.To learn more about the great faculty in the College of Health Sciences click here.