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Program in Public Health

San Francisco, CA


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Master of Public Health at the University of San Francisco

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program is designed for individuals who want to undertake leadership roles in the public health field. It provides learning that extends beyond the classroom into a city well-known for its progressive approach to community outreach and public health advocacy. It offers students the following features:

- Accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health
- Interprofessional competencies in epidemiology, leadership, management, and policy
- Award-winning faculty from law, nursing, and public health
- Classes held in San Francisco, Sacramento, or online and Orange County
- The MPH program starts every Fall semester and can be completed as a two (2) year part-time program in five or six semesters.

Concentrations available in Community and Public Health Practice, Health Policy Leadership and Behavioral Health.

Career opportunities

MPH students graduate with the "marketable competencies" to obtain rewarding positions with the following entities:

- Community based organizations such as community hospitals and maternal and child health agencies
- Government and related agencies including the department of public health, school boards, state task forces, and federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency
- National agencies and intergovernmental groups like the United Nations Development Organization and United States Agency for International Development
- Academic institutions that conduct research in environmental health, epidemiology, public health law, and public policy
- Corporations such as biotech firms and managed care organizations

MPH curricula

The MPH - Community and Public Health Practice concentration curriculum at the San Francisco, Orange County campus and online consists of 45 credits of coursework. Students learn to address public health issues in local and global settings using evidence-based strategies and working in collaboration with community partners. It has courses in a number of fields including biostatistics, community and behavioral health, environmental health, epidemiology, and public health policy and management.

The  MPH - Health Policy Leadership in the Sacramento campus focuses on policy, leadership, and research, has 42 credits of courses. Advanced coursework is offered in clinical epidemiology, global health policy, leadership, meta-analysis, and public health policy and management.

The MPH - Behavioral Health Concentration in San Francisco  prepares future leaders to address behavioral health issues in local and global communities within a public health framework, using evidence-based, theory-informed, integrated and holistic, social justice approaches. Students in this concentration also will be prepared and eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

Both curricula include a capstone seminar and an internship at community agencies, health centers, hospitals, and public health agencies in the Bay Area, Sacramento, across the nation, or other countries.

Program locations

The MPH program is offered in the following locations:

  • San Francisco
  • Orange County
  • Sacramento
  • Online

The online MPH has an asynchronous schedule, so students can complete coursework at any time within established deadlines.

Student research

Research is an important component of the MPH program. Courses like "Public Health Program Planning, Management, and Evaluation" provide research and evaluation skills. Plus, students have the opportunity to work with professors who specialize in several areas including biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, and public policy.

Faculty members

The MPH program's interdisciplinary faculty consists of accomplished scholars and skilled practitioners.

For example, Marie-Claude Couture, PhD is an assistant professor and epidemiologist with a solid background in epidemiology and public health. Her research interests include gender-based violence, HIV prevention, sexual and reproductive health, and substance use. She has several years of experience working on HIV prevention projects in developing countries including Cambodia, Ghana, Haiti, Ivory Coast, and Thailand. She has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed articles.

Faculty research

MPH faculty members conduct research that advances public health education, policy, and practice. Their research spans an extensive range of topics including the following:

- Adolescent health
- Childhood trauma
- Disparities in community mental health
- Epidemiology
- Global health
- Infectious disease transmission
- Maternal, child, and women's health
- Mental health and oppression
- Sexual health and behaviors
- Substance use/abuse

Student life

The School of Nursing and Health Professions provides a collaborative environment where students help develop fundraising initiatives and contribute to decisions that impact program development and sustainability as well as future goals.

They can participate in a variety of organizations like the Population Health Sciences Student Association (PHSSA). They also have access to a myriad of resources within the university including the following:

- Arts and culture like the Human Rights Film Festival and Thacher Gallery
- Job placement assistance at the Career Services Center
- Mental health care through Counseling and Psychological Services
- Spiritual exploration and development through the University Ministry
- Tutoring and proofreading help at the Learning and Writing Center

University of San Francisco

Established in 1855, the University of San Francisco is a Jesuit university that reflects the inclusive, innovative, inspiring city that surrounds it. It provides more than 11,000 students from diverse backgrounds with a deeply personally and intellectually rigorous education.

The university's main campus is located on a hilltop in the center of San Francisco, California, which is located in the western region of the United States. This vibrant community includes five schools, residence halls, laboratories, libraries, and a recreation center.

San Francisco offers many educational, employment, internship, and recreational options. Art, hiking, museums, music, restaurants, shopping, and street festivals are just some of its offerings.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Public Health (MPH)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 86

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? Yes


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline May 15th Not reported No

Entrance Requirements

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 26.47%
Black or African American 11.03%
White or Caucasian 27%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 20.59%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.74%
Two or more races 7.35%
Unknown 2.94%


Male (15%)
Female (84%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 11
Part-time - 2
Male (3)
Female (10)

Location & Contact

Address 2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA  94117
United States
Contact Dr. Taryn Vian
Program Director
Phone: 415-422-6681

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