Master of Public Health Overview
The Department of Public Health Sciences offers a degree program leading to a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Community Health Education. This graduate program began in the Fall of 1996, was initially accredited in 2000, and in 2003 received full accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) through December 31, 2010. NMSU is a member of the Council of Accredited MPH Programs (CAMP), and a member of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) Fellows Program. The NMSU MPH Program is a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) student exchange program. NMSU also offers a joint MPH/MSW degree program. The Department of Health Science has developed an online version of the existing main campus MPH program, to be phased in over a period of up to three years. Prospective students should meet all requirements as outlined in the NMSU Graduate School application and complete the on-line or campus MPH application for admission. Please see the prospective students section.
The MPH program faculty members are committed to provide excellent and innovative instruction. MPH students master competencies during the program as a strong academic foundation. (Competencies are listed below.) Our students become successful health professionals and leaders working with diverse populations.
The mission of the MPH program is: To provide academic, professional, and service excellence in preparing community health education professionals who will demonstrate competent leadership, innovation, and technical expertise at local, state, national and international levels, with particular emphasis on border and rural health problems in communities along the U.S./Mexico border.
MPH Program Goals and Objectives
Our program goals and objectives support our program’s mission.
Education Goal: Prepare competent professionals who have the essential knowledge and skills for advanced public health education practice with diverse populations
Objective 1: Ensure the number and diversity of students enrolling in and completing the MPH program matches that of the state’s baccalaureate rates
Objective 2: Develop students’ public health knowledge and skills as defined by the NCHEC Roles, Responsibilities, and Competencies
Research Goal: Conduct ethically and scientifically sound research/demonstration projects to promote, protect, improve, and/or restore the health of diverse populations.
Objective 1: Strengthen the research and scholarly productivity of program faculty
Objective 2: Increase research opportunities for students
Service Goal: Provide opportunities for graduate students and faculty to participate in service activities that benefit the university, communities in the New Mexico region, and professional associations throughout the southwest, the country and international venues.
Objective 1: Encourage faculty membership and leadership in public health organizations
Objective 2: Encourage students to participate in community and professional service activities
The program competencies (including entry level sub-competencies and advanced level 1 sub-competencies) that guide our MPH program in Community Health Education are adopted with no modifications from the current Seven Areas of Responsibility of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). The competencies are included in the Student Competency Checklist.
- Program Competencies (coming soon)
Other Program Information
- Steps to Completing a Thesis (Coming soon)
MPH Student Highlights
2011 SOPHE Mid-Year Conference – Student/Faculty Research
Congratulations to Andrew Vernon, Elva Palmer, Gabe Gose, Bianca Zamora, Aisha Kudura, Savannah Pierson, and Vanessa Martinez! Our MPH students were presenters at the Research Poster Session. Excellent work!
November 2010 – Students in the Master of Public Health Student Organization teach students on campus about healthy lifestyle choices! They provide health news we can use each day.
Our students have many opportunities to serve in the border region and promote healthy communities. They are involved outside the classroom in faculty research and community service during the year. Some recent highlights:
- Aisha Kudura received the best Student/Faculty Mentor Research Poster award during the 2010 Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center summer internship program.
MPHSO students at bake sale
Community Service –
- The Master of Public Health Student Organization (MPHSO) students participated in the 2010 and 2011 Komen Breast Cancer Race for the Cure in El Paso, Texas. They raised money at campus bake sales during the year to support their activities.