Department of Public Health Sciences Master of Public Health Students Present Final Projects

May 7, 2024 by

MPH Spring Poster Day 2024.The Department of Public Health Sciences was excited to host the Master of Public Health (MPH) Spring Semester Poster Day last week. Thirty-two graduating MPH students presented their work and recommendations to improve health outcomes and health equity. Graduating student Abby Kline summed up the spirit of the event noting that she appreciated the opportunity to provide recommendations and tangible conclusions based on her findings and enjoyed working with her advisor.

All MPH students complete an Integrative Learning Experience (ILE), a final project that demonstrates synthesis of MPH knowledge and skills developed over a 42-credit hour curriculum. Students select an ILE topic in consultation with an MPH Program Faculty advisor appropriate to their educational and professional goals, based on their program concentration. The student may choose one of a variety of methodologies such as economic analysis, policy analysis, geospatial/GIS analysis, program evaluation, health care quality assessment, qualitative analysis, health impact analysis, and quantitative analysis.

In the Research in Practice concentration, students develop the knowledge and skills public health professionals and clinicians use to conduct research and create and evaluate programs. Students can choose to focus on quantitative and qualitative methods.

In the Health Policy, Law & Ethics concentration, students explore the U.S. healthcare and public health systems by developing and analyzing health-related policies and laws. Students utilize numerous methodological approaches, including quantitative, qualitative, economic, evaluation, and ethical analysis.

UVA MPH graduates are employed in consulting firms; health departments and other local, state, and federal agencies; health care delivery systems; and nonprofit community agencies. Some students pursue further education in medicine, law, business, or doctoral training in public health.

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