Public Health

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Eva Magnuson
Tel: 203-371-7884

Program Location

Center for Healthcare Education
4000 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Program Director

Enhance Health and Quality of Life in Communities

Public Health - Adults with ChildrenThe Sacred Heart University Master of Public Health program prepares individuals to protect and improve the health of individuals and communities.(1) As such, students will be required to critically examine how biological, behavioral, social, and environmental factors influence health. Students will learn how to address these factors through the creation and evaluation of programs and policies designed to improve the health of individuals and communities. Students’ education will be grounded in a social justice philosophy,(2) which calls for improving the health of the population while ensuring fair treatment of the disadvantaged.


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Why SHU’s MPH Program?

  • Join a university rich in the tradition of service to one’s community
  • Learn alongside experienced public health practitioners and researchers in a variety of settings via engaged learning opportunities.
  • New classroom facilities in our state of the art Center for Health Care Education building
  • Interprofessional educational experiences with students in other SHU programs (e.g., Nursing, Social Work, Public Administration, Exercise Science and Nutrition)
  • Faculty with close ties to local and State public health leaders and agencies
  • Faculty involvement in national public health organizations
  • Faculty with strong records of public health scholarship
  • Student-centered learning environment
  • Small class size
  • Graduate assistant opportunities
  • Optimal location: Coastal, Southeastern Connecticut within minutes of hiking, beaches, and more!

Earn Your Master of Public Health

Earn a Master of Public Health degree with a focus on Community Health. Students can attend full-time (i.e., 2 academic years) or part-time to complete the 48-credit program.

Students who complete the MPH program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge in public health’s mission and core functions, epidemiology, biostatistics, social ecological determinants of health, health promotion, public health administration, research methods, health systems and health policy
  • Develop a deeper understanding of public health theories, public health program planning and evaluation, community health development, and grant writing
  • Develop a deeper understanding of health administration, and leadership and ethics in public health
  • Appropriately implement public health programs and policies to support and promote population health and wellness
  • Lead and manage in a variety of settings, such as worksites, health care, faith-based settings, and more
  • Contribute to research activities in public health settings

1. Associated Schools of Public Health (ASSPH). Discover: What is Public Health?. Accessed May 1, 2017 at
2. Gostin LO & Powers M. What does social justice require for the public’s health? Public health ethics and policy imperatives. Health Aff. 2006;25(4):1052-1060

Latest News & Events

Professors Obtain Grant to Improve School Routes for Walkers

May 16, 2019

Professors Anna Greer and Sofia Pendley from the Department of Public Health at Sacred Heart University have received a $15,000 grant from the Nature Conservancy’s Small Grant Programs Initiative, which is funded by the JPB Foundation in partnership with Whole Communities. In partnership with Make the Road Connecticut (MRCT) and the CT Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the professors and their students will conduct a permanent urban conservation project at a dangerous Bridgeport intersection that city youth often use to walk to school.

Sacred Heart’s Master of Public Health Program Begins Accreditation Process

April 29, 2019

Sacred Heart University has received approval from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)—the nationally recognized accrediting body for schools and programs in public health—to begin the accreditation process for its master of public health (MPH) program, with a concentration in community health.

know the risks. know the resources. kNOw Vape.

September 10, 2018

The Human Journey Colloquia Series and the Departments of Public Health, Health Science and Psychology present “know the risks. know the resources. kNOw Vape.” on Wednesday, October 24, at 3:30 p.m. in University Commons. The guest speaker will be Dana Cavallo, Ph.D., assistant professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. Dana Cavallo has conducted numerous studies regarding tobacco products with an emphasis on vaping. She will share her experience as a researcher and clinician working with adolescents and young adults.