The CEPH-accredited MPH curriculum focuses on the five core knowledge areas of public health:
- Environmental/Occupational Health
- Behavioral Sciences
- Health Care Policy and Management
The program offers electives and internship experiences in line with the student's interest. Students also complete a culminating Capstone experience that results in a mentored research or mentored project in public health.
One of the strengths of Penn’s MPH program is its interdisciplinary nature. VMD/MPH students will be taking public health courses with students from other schools at Penn, including
- Dental Medicine
- Arts and Sciences
- Social Policy and Practice
The VMD/MPH dual degree is designed to be completed in five years, with students completing the bulk of their coursework AFTER completing their VMD. Students could also take longer to complete the degree if they chose to study as part-time public health students following their VMD degree.
Students are encouraged to apply for the VMD/MPH degree in their first year so that they can start to plan for coursework and public health fieldwork experiences, but applications can be considered in later years.