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  • The School of Public and Community Health Sciences offers two options for students interested in pursuing Public Health education: the Masters of Public Health (MPH) and the Certificate of Public Health (CPH).

  • The School of Public and Community Health Sciences graduated a total of 17 students in 2013.   10 graduated with a Master in Public Health and 7 with a Certificate of Public Health.

  • The School of Public and Community Health Sciences has received the maximum five years of accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), effective July 1, 2012.  We are the first nationally accredited public health program in the state of Montana.

Why Public Health?

Throughout the world, people are in greater need of public health professionals than at any time since the beginning of the 20th century.  Public Health problems include infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, West Nile Virus, and SARS; bioterrorism, environmental and toxic waste hazards; population health problems; and the affordability, accessibility, and quality of healthcare.

These issues and others are global, national, and local front-page health problems.  SPCHS provides professionals in the field, and those new to public health, an opportunity to further their education and skills.

SPCHS aims to graduate practitioners who are competent to address the unique challenges resulting from the intersection of rural and global public health issues.

What is Public Health?

The Association of Schools of Public Health has some great resources illustrating the value and importance of a career in public health.  Among their projects is the "What is Public Health?" website, created to answer three questions:

  • What does public health encompass?
  • What impact does public health have on our lives?
  • What types of careers are available in the field of public health?


It can be accessed at What is Public Health.


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School of Public and Community Health Sciences
College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences
The University of Montana
301 Skaggs Building
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-2571
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