Since 2012, the Mailman School of Public Health has followed a Master of Public Health (MPH) curriculum that is now the standard for public health education. By undertaking an intensive schoolwide effort and investment involving more than 150 members of the faculty, as well as students, alumni, and employers, the MPH curriculum provides the broad systemic understanding, critical thinking skills, and leadership training needed to tackle today’s complex public health challenges.
For students to receive a thorough and extensive education, the MPH programs include seven components that build upon one another and work coherently:
Additionally, students in the MPH degree program have a graduation requirement for Inter-professional Education as well.
During the first semester of the Columbia MPH degree program and the Accelerated MPH degree program, while engaging in the integrated core, students are strongly advised against extra-curricular work commitments. In the second, third, and fourth semesters of the MPH program, schedules are more flexible, and students may engage in some part-time work.