University of Massachusetts/Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Satellite Program on the Worcester Campus
Master of Public Health Program



Name and location/s of participating academic institution:

University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences
Arnold House
University of Massachusetts/Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003

Program Director:

Jacalyn Coghlin-Strom, M.D., M.P.H. 

Program Administrator:

Linda Hollis tel: 774-442-6499

Name of body or agency which accredits the academic institution:

Council on Education for Public Health
1015 Fifteenth Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005

A Master of Public Health degree is offered at the University of Massachusetts Medical School campus in Worcester. This degree is granted through and accredited by the School of Public Health and Health Sciences  at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. The courses are taught in Worcester by faculty from both campuses.

The curriculum for the MPH Program is designed to enable health care professionals to earn this advanced degree while engaged in professional activities. Classes are scheduled in the early evening to accommodate working students.

The courses cover a wide variety of subjects in the fields of epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and administration, research methods, managed care, program planning, environmental health and data management.

The requirements for the degree include a total of 42 credits. This may include an optional MPH Project for 3 or 6 credits.

All MPH students are required to complete a three-credit practice experience as a degree requirement.  However, a student can petition for a waiver for the practice requirement based on previous, documented experience.  All students, including those who receive this waiver, must complete 42 credits.  For more information on the practicum requirement, please see:

A typical student can complete the MPH program in 2-4 years and can accelerate their completion by taking courses on the Amherst campus or through the Public Health Practice online program.

Students who do not wish to pursue the degree may take courses in the program on a non-degree basis.