Public Health, MPH

College of Population Health

Program Description:

The mission of the Public Health Program at the University of New Mexico is to provide leadership in graduate and community-based education and research grounded in social justice to improve the health of the diverse populations in New Mexico and the Southwest.

The program offers a Master of Public Health degree and a graduate Public Health minor. The M.P.H.. degree prepares learners to improve the health of populations with a primary focus on New Mexico, the Southwest, the United States/Mexico border region and south of the border. Graduates leave the program prepared to work in partnership with New Mexico’s diverse communities, tribes and the public and private sectors.

Two dual degrees are offered, an M.D./M.P.H. and an M.A.L.A.S./M.P.H..

Community Health Concentration

The mission of the Community Health Concentration is to prepare students for leadership roles in population-based disease prevention and health promotion in public and private settings. The philosophical foundation of the concentration relies on a community capacity building, empowerment approach to promote social justice and equity in health. The concentration is designed for students with prior experience, education, or interest in community-focused public health practice or research that values diversity, self-reflection and critical analysis of evidence-based practice and practice-based public health approaches. The purpose of this concentration is to provide students with the multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills necessary to plan, implement, and evaluate public health programs at multiple levels of the social-ecologic framework.

Requirements:

The Community Health Concentration requires:

  • Completion of 19 credits of MPH core courses and at least 18 credits in graduate-level course in public and community health as outlined below;

  • Completion of 2 credits of a practical field experience (PH 598 - Public Health Practicum) in a community public health setting; and

  • Completion of at least 3 credits demonstrating competencies in integrating community health perspectives through one of the culminating experience options (Professional Paper, Intro to Integrative Experience and Integrative Experience, or Thesis, and the Oral Master’s Examination).

  • The chair of the culminating experience committee must be a core faculty member of the concentration.

Epidemiology Concentration

The concentration in epidemiology will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to collect, analyze, and interpret epidemiologic data for the solution of public health problems. This concentration will prepare students for employment as a master’s level epidemiologist or research scientist in various settings such as the New Mexico Department of Health, the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and other public health research and service organizations.

Requirements:

  • Completion of 19 credits of MPH core courses and 18 credits of required and elective graduate-level courses in the concentration as outlined below.

  • Completion of 2 credits of a practical field experience (PH 598 – Public Health Practicum) in an epidemiologic setting; and

  • Completion of at least 3 credits demonstrating competencies in epidemiology through one of the culminating experience options (Professional Paper, Integrative Experience, or Thesis and the Oral Master’s Examination).

  • The chair of the culminating experience committee must be a core faculty member of the Epidemiology Concentration.

Health Systems, Services, and Policy Concentration

The concentration in Health Systems, Services, and Policy will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze health systems, public health and health care services and programs, and related governmental and non-governmental policies. Students will develop the capacity to analyze and develop interventions and health policies at local, national and global levels. The goal of the concentration is to prepare students to work in health organizations and policy arenas to improve population health and decrease health inequities.

Requirements

The Health Systems, Services and Policy Concentration requires:

  • Completion of 19 credits of MPH core courses and of 18 credits in graduate-level courses as outlined here;

  • Completion of 2 credits of a practical field experience (PH 598 – Public Health Practicum) in policy, public health or health care service settings; and,

  • Completion of at least 3 credits demonstrating competencies in integrating health systems, services, and policy perspectives through one of the culminating experience options (Professional Paper, Integrative Experience, or Thesis, and the Oral Master’s Examination).

  • The chair of their culminating experience committee must be a core faculty member of the concentration.

M.D./M.P.H.

The dual status M.D./M.P.H. degree requires five years of integrated learning. This integrated learning enhances opportunities for medical students to acquire public health knowledge and skills with the goals of 1) reducing disparities in health status within New Mexican populations 2) strengthening physician advocacy and leadership skills in health policy development 3) fostering evidence-based interventions and 4) using assessment skills to better determine population needs and interventions. Each M.D./M.P.H. student will be able to successfully complete both degrees in an integrated fashion.

Student applies simultaneously to both the M.D. and the M.P.H. programs and indicates on the two applications that they are applying for dual status. Students must meet the requirements of both programs and be accepted into both programs in order to be considered dual status.

Students will be admitted to each program separately. Once they are admitted to both programs, they qualify as dual status students. For more information on the M.D./M.P.H. dual status degree, contact the Public Health Program.

M.A.L.A.S./M.P.H.

The Master of Arts in Latin American Studies and Master of Public Health dual degree program is intended to prepare graduates to improve the health of Latin American populations and Latin populations in the United States, with a primary focus on New Mexico, the Southwest, the United States/Mexico border region, and regions south of the border. It supplements the M.P.H. program with in-depth study of languages, cultures, and societies that will help prepare graduates to work effectively either in Latin America, or with Latin American immigrant populations within the United States.

The dual degree reduces requires 63 graduate credit hours, as compared to the 78 hours of graduate credits required to complete the two degrees separately. A minimum of 42 hours are required in Public Health courses, and a minimum of 21 hours are required in Latin American Studies courses. At least 13 hours of the M.P.H. component must have significant content related to Latin America or Latin American immigrant communities in the United States, to enable the student to integrate the content and practice of the two degrees.

Applicants for the dual degree program must apply separately to and meet the entrance requirements of each program. Preference is given to students who have public health experience, which may be community development, research, health education, health science, health promotion, or other health-related work. Experience can be paid or voluntary.

Courses in Public Health (PH) are categorized in content areas.  The category for each course appears in parenthesis at the end of the course description according to the following legend:

Health Systems, Services and Policy (HSSP); Community Health (CH); Epidemiology (E); General Electives (G).


Admission Requirements:

The program will consider applicants who satisfy all admission requirements as follows:

  1. B.S., B.A. or equivalent from an accredited U.S. institution or a recognized foreign institution.

  2. G.P.A. of at least 3.0 is preferred, or 9 credit hours with G.P.A of 3.0 or better in public health-related graduate courses.

  3. Undergraduate basic statistics course or graduate-level basic statistics course with a 3.0 or higher. M.D. and Ph.D. students who have received their accredited degrees from U.S. institutions are exempt from this requirement. All students must have recent (within five years) GRE scores with preferred verbal, quantitative and analytical writing scores around the 50th percentile, or MCAT with preferred total score of 22 and N in writing, or GMAT with preferred score of 500 and above. M.D. and Ph.D. applicants who received their degrees from a U.S. university are exempt from submitting the above test scores. Foreign medical graduates must be licensed to practice in the U.S. or must have received their degrees from an accredited U.S. institution to be exempt from the test scores requirement. Foreign applicants must take the TOEFL examination and score at least 550.

  4. Foreign applicants must submit one of the following English proficiency tests: 


Paper Test

Computer Test

IBT

Graduate TOEFL

550

213

79-80

Graduate IELTS

7.0

7.0

7.0


The Cambridge test may also be accepted with a satisfactory score of "C" or better for graduate students.

Preference is given to students who have public health experience. Their experience may be in public health practice in a health department, community development, research, health education, health science, health promotion, or other health-related work. Experience may be paid or voluntary.

Students may transfer up to 17 credit hours with "B" or better to the program from other institutions or other non-degree or graduate programs within UNM. However, those hours cannot have been used to meet the requirements of another degree program.

For Office of Graduate Studies admissions requirements, refer to OGS Web site.


Contact Information:

Nina Wallerstein: Director
(505) 277-4173
NWallerstein@salud.unm.edu