Master of Public Health, MPH

Master of Public Health, MPH
The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is administratively housed in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health. The MPH Program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and is offered in four traditionally offered specialization areas: behavioral sciences and health education, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology and biostatistics, and health policy and management. In addition, the MPH is also offered online in public health practice. The Online MPH Program is specifically tailored for the working professional. Research specializations include, but are not limited to, maternal and child health, cancer prevention, global health, health communication, environmental justice and health disparities, infectious disease and chronic disease epidemiology, data science, and disparities in the policies that impact access to health care in underserved communities. Didactic course work, independent research, and a practicum experience are required of all students. Graduates are successful in attaining employment in both the public and private sector, consulting, and matriculation in advanced degree graduate programs and other professional degrees (e.g., medicine, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine).


Academic Course Curriculum 

Public Health
Public Health
What is Public Health?

Public Health is the science and the art of preventing disease, prolonging life, promoting physical health, and organizing community efforts for the sanitation of the environment, the control of community infections, the education of the individual in principles of personal hygiene, and the development of the social machinery which will ensure, to every individual in the community, a standard of living adequate for the maintenance of health.


Public Health Careers

Public Health can work in:

Governmental Public Health (federal, state, and local).
Private Sector (e.g., Eli Lilly, Novartis)
Consultants: (Environmental Health, Health Care, Data Science)



Public Health Salary Expectations

  • average salary of $48,746 with a typical range of $42,561 - $56,532.

Salary ranges can vary widely depending on certifications, additional skills, and number of years in the profession. Applicants, with substantial public health expertise, have promotion potential with the Master of Public Health with several garnering more than $90,000/year.

The states with the highest employment rates for public health are:

  1. Georgia
  2. New Jersey
  3. Connecticut
  4. Maryland



Physical Therapy Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Qs)

Q: What career opportunities are available for graduates with a Master of Public Health?
A: Employment and fellowship opportunities for MPH graduates are plentiful! In addition, the magnitude of the need is heightened in the wake of emerging infectious diseases and environmental disasters. These opportunities are within the federal, state, and local (public sector) as well as the private sector (e.g., pharmaceutical companies, consulting firms), community-based organizations, and the international arena. Examples of careers include, but are not limited to, health educators, disease intervention specialists, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, health policy analysts, environmental health scientists, data analysts, health outcome evaluators in pharmaceutical companies, health care administrators. The MPH has also facilitated work in environmental law, health law, and has been instrumental for those interested in additional health professional work in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. Advanced graduate level (doctoral) work is often chosen by those with existing competencies at the MPH level.

Q: Is the FAMU Public Health Program accredited?
A: Yes, the FAMU Public Health Program is fully accredited by the national accrediting body – the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The program has been accredited since 2000 and is the first accredited public health program in North Florida and the first public health program administratively housed in a college of pharmacy.

Q: What are the requirements for the FAMU Master of Public Health?
A: Eligibility requirements include a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of study on the submitted baccalaureate degree transcript, three letters of recommendation (with three evaluation forms), a personal statement, and a GRE score. The applicant must have either a GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of study or a minimum GRE score of 300. GRE scores are required. The same requirements exist for the Online MPH Program in addition to a minimum of one year work experience in a related area. The course of study is 50 semester hours and includes didactic course work (foundational and specialization) in one of four areas in the traditional program, passing of a comprehensive examination, presentation of an individual research project, and a practicum experience. The Online MPH is in Public Health Practice and the requirements are the same with the exception of no rotation course requirement within the Florida Department of Health.


Program Faculty

Name Email Phone
Dr. Cynthia Harris, Associate Dean/Director/Professor (850) 412-1234
Dr. Avalon Adams-Thames (850) 412-1234
Dr. Shannon Antoine-Hardy (850) 412-5700
Dr. Alan Becker (850) 412-5738
Dr. C. Perry Brown (850) 599-8839
Dr. Sarah Buxbaum (850) 599-5494
Dr. Fran Close (850) 599-3053
Dr. Tammie Johnson (850) 599-8869
Dr. Gebre Kiros (850) 412-7422
Dr. John (Juan) Luque (850) 561-2054
Dr. Arlesia Mathis (850) 599-3104
Dr. Kellie O’Dare Wilson (850) 412-5495
Dr. Carlos Reyes-Ortiz (850) 561-2882
Dr. Rima Tawk (850) 412-5122