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Center for Healthcare Education
4000 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604

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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.

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

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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.

Professor Works with Community Partners to Combat New Bridgeport Policy

April 11, 2018

Sacred Heart University Exercise Science Professor and Master of Public Health Director Anna Greer is leading a series of workshops and training to promote safety for Bridgeport students who walk to school. Her efforts began in response to a 2017 Bridgeport policy that states all high school youth living within two miles and elementary youth living within a mile and a half of their school would no longer receive bus service.

Master of Public Health Program Planned for Fall 2018

May 30, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn.— Sacred Heart is planning a new master of public health (MPH) program with a fall 2018 launch. “Students with an MPH degree will have the opportunity to work in a variety of environments, including hospitals, consulting firms, international agencies, state and federal agencies, health departments, managed-care organizations, community-based organizations and more,” says Program Director Anna Greer.