The mission of the MPH program at Marshall University is to promote and maintain the health and well-being of populations and to reduce morbidity and mortality through the training of public health practitioners who can conduct research, educate populations, influence policy and provide outreach and service to populations particularly in the Appalachia, national and global context.


To serve as a catalyst for change in addressing the burdens of diseases and disabilities in the Appalachian region and the nation.

Dean’s Message

Dr. Michael W. Prewitt
Dean of College of Health Professions
Phone: (304) 696-2616
E-mail: prewittm@marshall.edu


During the past few decades, infectious diseases dominated the burdens of disease incidence, prevalence as well as mortality in the U.S. and globally. Today, in addition to the burdens of infectious diseases, the burden of chronic disease, such as cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung diseases (COPD and asthma), cancer, diabetes and mental illness have national and global implications in terms of disability and mortality.

The Department of Public Health at Marshall University brings together some of our nation’s leading public health researchers, educators and practitioners with expertise  in global/community health as well as expertise in research evaluation, policy analysis and rural health practice. When you join us as a student in the MPH Program, you will be joining a group of diverse students prepared to respond to study and engage in research activities that address the challenges of the burdens of diseases and disabilities in the Appalachian region and the nation.

At A Glance

Public Health is an interdisciplinary field whose practitioners seek to promote and maintain the health, safety and well-being of populations and to prevent and manage disease, disability and human suffering. Students in the MPH program at Marshall University benefit from a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum along with specialty training.
In addition to strong foundational training in public health, our students develop critical knowledge and skills in such areas as rural health, health informatics, global health and health policy and evaluation. Practicum and research experience provide students with the expertise essential for public health practitioner.

Why Choose the Marshall Master of Public Health

Marshall University is a top ranked public regional university offering comprehensive graduate public health training through the following programs:

  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Accelerated MPH
  • MD/MPH Dual Degree Program (Designed for students admitted into MD program)
  • PharmD/MPH Dual Degree Program (Designed for students admitted into PharmD program)

Our small class size facilitates individual attention and mentoring that foster a rich learning environment.

Our MPH program prepares students in broad areas of public health including concentration in either Global and Community Health or Research, Evaluation and Policy.

The Value of our MPH Degree

Marshall University prepares public health professionals for work in a broad range of areas including:

  • global and community health
  • health care research
  • maternal/child health
  • health care management
  • disease surveillance
  • occupational health
  • international health & development
  • environmental health
  • health education & promotion
  • disasters and humanitarian emergencies
  • policy and development

The MPH degree will prepare graduates to work in a wide variety of settings including:

  • health care facilities
  • humanitarian settings
  • academia and research facilities
  • non-governmental organizations
  • governmental agencies
  • multilateral organizations
  • international organizations
  • public-private health partnerships

Contact: Anthony T. Woart, MBA, MA, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor, Department of Public Health
(304) 696-5772