The Master of Public Health (MPH) program integrates the academic study of public health theory with principles of public health practice in order to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles, and protect the community. In accordance with national accreditation standards, our MPH students spend 240 contact hours in a practicum (internship) experience. The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department serves as the primary location for MPH students practicum. Students have gained valuable experience working directly with top administrators and health officers on projects related to HIV prevention, breastfeeding, immunization, TB control, community health promotion, and emergency preparedness. The practicum provides graduate students the opportunity to apply academic concepts and models learned in the classroom to the real world of public health practice. It also provides relevant experience that serves as a foundation for their public health careers.
—Dr. Marian Levy