Press Release: Fairleigh Dickinson University adds Master of Public Health degree

Madison, NJ (May 29, 2019) — Beginning in the Fall of 2019, Fairleigh Dickinson University will begin offering a 45-credit Master of Public Health. The program will consist of a didactic core, specialization track electives, a practicum, and a capstone, and will be delivered fully online in an immersive learning environment.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program at FDU seeks to educate leaders who promote, enhance, and improve the health of people in local, national, and global settings. The degree will be offered entirely online, and students can opt to complete the degree at an accelerated pace of 18 months.

It will focus on ways to enhance access to health, understand the ethical and social responsibility for providing access to health care while minimizing or eliminating health disparities, and to understand the role of the public health practitioner as a leader and advocate with both a local and global perspective. The MPH program will also incorporate the core values of the School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences: think, lead, advocate, communicate, and implement.

A unique aspect of this new MPH is that students can choose a course of study with a generalist track or a specialization, including healthcare analytics, global health, and population health for addiction and recovery. Also, students will take part in real-world experiential opportunities alongside like-minded professionals.

In light of the changing dynamics of health care delivery and population health research, the number of jobs requiring a Master of Public Health are expected to increase significantly. This program will prepare students to meet the challenges of 21st century public health practice across a wide array of opportunities.

“The new MPH will aim to bring together educators, researchers, and experts from within the University and across the state to build relationships, facilitate discussions, and develop innovative and effective best practices,” said University Provost Gillian Small. “It will support the University’s strategic plan by enhancing our programming in the health sciences and extending opportunities by using the online format.”

Those enrolled will learn alongside each other to gain a hands-on appreciation for each person’s roles, responsibilities and strengths in action, and together, students will learn to develop strategies and best practices for navigating and managing the often complex waters of health care practice.

“Students will have the opportunity to pursue their degree in a dynamic, online environment, learning from practitioners and scholars across the public health space,” said Michael J. Avaltroni, dean of the School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. “The University will leverage expertise within its health science, life science, and social science strengths, while developing the program in public health to support and catalyze the transfer of ideas and cutting-edge strategies to attack and public health challenges from a multi-dimensional, population health focused approach.”

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About Fairleigh Dickinson University

Devoted to the preparation of world citizens through global education, Fairleigh Dickinson is New Jersey’s largest private university and features more than 100 liberal arts and professional degree programs, two international campuses, dozens of partnerships with internationally renowned institutions and special programs and status within the United Nations. For more information, visit

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