Skip to Content

Arnold School of Public Health


Graduate Degrees in General Public Health

Our General Public Health programs will allow you to build a foundation in the core areas of public health, preparing you to improve the public's health through an array of career opportunities.

Degrees offered include: Masters of Public Health, dual Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health, dual Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Public Health, Master of Public Health Preventive Medicine Residency, and Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health.

Master of Public Health (General MPH)

The Master of Public Health in General Public Health (General MPH) provides a systematic approach to acquiring the academic experiences needed to understand and appreciate a broad range of public health concepts, issues and opportunities.

Because the program provides a broad understanding of public health disciplines rather than focused training in a specific area, the admissions review includes strong preference for individuals with a professional doctoral degree or post-baccalaureate health-related experience.

The General Public Health program is for applicants who have either a substantive amount of post-baccalaureate work experience in the healthcare field or have a previous terminal degree such as an MD.

Preventive Medicine Residency Program

Successful applicants to the Preventive Medicine program concentration must have prior acceptance to the Palmetto Health/USC Preventive Medicine Residency in partnership with Palmetto Health and the USC School of Medicine.

 

PharmD/MPH and MD/MPH Dual Degree Programs

The PharmD/MPH and the MD/MPH dual degree programs provide a systematic approach to acquiring the academic experiences needed to understand and appreciate a broad range of public health concepts, issues and opportunities while simultaneously pursuing a pharmacy or a medical degree. 

These degree options present opportunities for individuals to excel professionally in practice settings, such as hospitals and health systems, managed-care, community health settings and county and state health agencies.

 

Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health is an 18-hour certificate (six courses) designed for those interested in pursuing studies in public health and who are currently not planning to obtain a graduate degree in public health.

Students may have master’s degrees in other disciplines or bachelor’s degrees and are seeking academic training in public health. Candidates must complete at least three of five public health core courses and three elective public health courses consistent with the student’s background and interests.

Program Requirements

Candidates must complete at least three of the five public health core courses and three elective public health courses consistent with the student’s background and interests.

Each candidate will work with the CGSPH advisor to plan a program of study to match their individual interests (e.g., general public health, nutrition, disparities, preparedness) and/or needs (e.g., evaluation, financial management, statistical analysis, program planning, and epidemiology). Electives must be courses offered by the Arnold School of Public Health or approved by the candidate’s advisor.