What will I learn?

Program goal

The mission of the VCU M.P.H. program is to engage students in an experiential and learner-centered environment, collaborate with public health partners in Central Virginia to promote health equity and community wellness and foster lifelong inquiry and discovery in interdisciplinary, translational research that improves human health.

The overall goal of the M.P.H. program is to educate students to become well-grounded in the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes of public health and demonstrate their ability to apply these essentials through course work, internships and the M.P.H. capstone project. This program is designed to provide students with the skills required to advance to positions as public health practitioners in a broad spectrum of positions and settings and who can perform the following:

  • Administer public health programs
  • Collect, analyze and evaluate public health data
  • Plan, implement and evaluate public health interventions
  • Apply results of evaluations and data analyses to policy development as necessary
  • Promote public health through educational campaigns

The structure of the program provides a framework for the progressive development of a mastery of the current state of the subject matter of public health and an ability to synthesize and apply this information to the identification of key areas of practice and research in public health. Students will develop educational competencies outlined by the M.P.H. program. These competencies cover the foundational knowledge necessary for a public health practitioner to both communicate the core of public health knowledge and express the design, results and interpretation of various public health interventions, evaluations, and data collection and analysis efforts to a variety of potential audiences.

Student learning outcomes

Integrated knowledge of public health: The candidate will demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of the current elements of public health as related to disciplinary specialization and a more detailed understanding of the individual area of scholarship, including an appropriate familiarity with the research literature and the ability to evaluate and critique publications as measured by the rubric.

Student progress: M.P.H. program faculty will monitor student progress throughout the program to ensure academic success.

Development of competencies: Through program course work and applied experiences, students will develop competencies in public health as demonstrated by assessments of student performance on program competencies (see section that follows).

Training in appropriate public health skills/knowledge: Through didactic and applied, experiential teaching, train students in the appropriate knowledge and skills required to perform as public health practitioners and/or researchers.

Which department am I in?

School of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 45 graduate credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$24,949.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

20 August 2019


School of Medicine

McGlothlin Medical Education Center (MMEC), 1201 E Marshall Street,

4th Floor, Suite 4-100,



23298, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants for admission to VCU graduate programs must hold the academic equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.

For international students

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, to be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Prior degree: Students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate and any other graduate study. Official copies of transcripts for all prior degrees earned must be submitted to the VCU Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • GRE: Current GRE test results (taken within the past five years), with scores at or above the 75th percentile preferred in all components of the exam (i.e., minimum scores of 159 quantitative, 157 verbal and 4.5 analytical writing).
  • TOEFL: International students must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Minimum TOEFL score is 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (Internet-based); IELTS minimum score is 7.0.

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About this uni

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top 100 research university and No. 1 public postgraduate arts school in the US.

  • VCU is one of the top 3 research universities in Virginia
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • 1,600 international students from 108 countries
  • 173-acre campus in downtown Richmond