Virginia Commonwealth University embraces a full-immersion, student-centric model for graduate training in public health. The competency-based curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation in the frameworks used to understand patterns of health and well-being, to develop a strong skill set for tackling public health problems and to supply ample experiential opportunities. Service learning, field placements and capstone projects allow students to apply skills learned in class to real-world public health challenges.
The MPH Public Health Practice track offers a strong experiential component with opportunities for working in state and local public health departments from day one of the program. MPH tracks in Epidemiology and Social Behavioral Science are for those interested in pursuing careers in public health research. Training in these tracks is closely linked to the innovative research conducted by the MPH mentors (eg, psychiatric epidemiology, cancer and health disparities).