Students who're interested in enrolling in a Master of Public Health (MPH) program in New Jersey have only a few schools to choose from. The most program options are available through Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. These schools have partnered to offer an MPH program in addition to several dual degrees and will officially merge in the summer of 2013. MPH programs offer areas of concentration for more personalized studies. The curriculum consists of core public health classes, electives, fieldwork and concentration coursework. Listed below are short overviews of the MPH programs in New Jersey as well as a comparison table outlining tuition costs for each school.
Montclair State University
Located in Montclair, this 4-year school offers a 42-credit MPH program that focuses on community health education. Curriculum includes field experiences and an internship where students learn how to develop health education resources and assess programs' effectiveness in such settings as schools, health care facilities and community agencies. Students also take core and elective courses covering topics like epidemiology, health care facility administration, nutrition education, and behavioral modification.
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
The New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University partners with Newark's University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) to offer an MPH and several dual degree options through its Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. The 45-credit MPH program includes core courses, classes in a specialty area, electives, and a fieldwork experience. Students can choose to concentrate in such fields as biostatistics, health education and epidemiology. The field experience also requires students to attend seminars and report their findings at the culmination of the program. In addition to the stand-alone degree, students can earn an MPH in conjunction with a Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Psychology, Master of Business Administration or bachelor's degree in a chosen area of interest.
Rutgers University - Newark
The Newark-based branch of Rutgers University offer an MPH through Rutgers' School of Public Affairs and Administration. This program emphasizes urban health administration and consists of a minimum of 39 credits. Concentration areas are also available in dental public health and quantitative research methods. Students receive instruction through practical experiences and case studies. They're also required to complete core and elective courses in addition to 400 hours of fieldwork in an urban health setting. Topics of study include public health law, budgeting, nonprofit management, and research design.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Master of Public Health Degree Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Montclair State University||4-year, public; large suburb||Master of Public Health with a Concentration in Public Health and Community Health Education|| $12,837 in-state
|Rutgers University - New Brunswick||4-year, public; small city||Master of Public Health|| $19,416 in-state
|Rutgers University - Newark||4-year, public; large city||Master of Public Health|| $19,401 in-state
Source: *NCES, College Navigator.