About the MPH Program

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Master of Public Health (MPH) provides professional preparation in the core public health competencies to health professionals and students. Graduates of the MPH program gain knowledge, skills, and insights that are responsive to the core functions of public health. The degree provides a practice-oriented approach for those who want to strengthen their general knowledge and skills in public health, either through a single degree or through one of the Program’s many dual degree programs.

The MPH Program was developed in 2005 to foster the expansion and enhancement of a competent public health workforce that is able to advance the well-being of the citizens of Wisconsin and persons beyond state borders. The MPH program has been accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 2009.

The MPH program embraces an interdisciplinary educational philosophy and bridges the diverse schools and departments of the UW-Madison campus with faculty and students from disciplines such as medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, law, business, social work, public affairs, urban planning, and nursing. With a focus on service learning, the MPH program builds on the “Wisconsin Idea,” a century-old aspiration that the benefits of the University extend not only to Wisconsin’s residents, but beyond the state borders. The MPH program integrates public health practitioners and contemporary public health issues facing Wisconsin’s communities into its teaching, research, and service activities. Close connections with the community through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Public Health Madison Dane County, and other health care and not-for-profit agencies enable students to apply their skills in real world settings.


The UW-Madison MPH program has been accredited by the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH), since 2009. The MPH program’s most recent accreditation site visit occurred in March, 2014. The MPH Program was reaccredited in September 2014.

The final accreditation report and final self-study are available below:

For more information about accreditation, visit CEPH.org


Promoting and embracing diversity is central to the mission of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program, the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the past several decades, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has made promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion a top priority of institutional life. The MPH Program is committed to a strategy of inclusive excellence by recruiting and sustaining a diverse student body, faculty and staff and providing training that is dedicated to producing public health practitioners who understand the needs of diverse individuals, families, and populations.

What is Public Health?

The “This Is Public Health” campaign was designed by Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) to let people know that public health affects them on a daily basis and that we are only as healthy as the world we live in. Join this national effort to promote public health awareness in your community.

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