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Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)

The professional MSPH program in Population, Family and Reproductive Health is intended for individuals with a baccalaureate degree who are interested in issues related to the Department's focal areas. Details regarding the focal areas can be found in the degree handbook.  The department's current focal areas include:

The two-year curriculum allows students to integrate coursework in life course, population, program management, quantitative methods and core areas with practical knowledge and skills. Additional courses may include program design and evaluation, advocacy, policy, and qualitative methods among others. The two-year curriculum is intended for students with less than 2 years of public health work experience.

MSPH students participate in a four- to six- month supervised field placement in domestic and/or international settings during the first half of the second year*. The field placement provides the opportunity to integrate formal classroom teaching with practical experience in the student's chosen field. There is no part-time option available for the two-year MSPH program.

Components of the MSPH program include a set of core departmental courses that provide a common theoretical foundation for the work of the entire department. These courses cover biological/developmental, demographic and social science foundations. MSPH students in Population, Family and Reproductive Health also complete a core set of courses determined by the focal area of study they have selected. All professional MSPH students within the department complete an MSPH Essay and Presentation. The Essay and Presentation are culminating experiences for which students apply newly honed skills and put their academic and internship experiences in perspective within the broader context of public health. (See links for Field Placement and Essay Titles)

Graduates of the MSPH program in PFRH go on to careers in organizations such as the Census Bureau, government ministries, nongovernmental health organizations, state and local MCH agencies, managed health care organizations, research institutions, health care delivery organizations, advocacy groups and academic institutions. (see link for Employment Placements)

*Students currently cannot conduct externship activities in Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Ohio, or Oregon. For more information, please contact a program representative. JHSPH externship activities include:  Practicum, Internship, Field Placement, Administrative Residency, Research Project, Clinical Rotations, Research Hours, or Apprenticeship.