History of the MPH Program

The MPH at the University of Virginia was approved in the spring of 2003 and is structured as a terminal degree offered individually or jointly with other professional degrees. Created as an interdisciplinary program, it draws upon the strengths of UVA faculty within the the Schools of Medicine, Arts & Sciences, Nursing, Law, Business, Education, and Architecture as well as the larger university community.

Evolution of the MPH Program

The Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree Program was approved in the Spring of 2003 by the University of Virginia Board of Visitors, with the degree awarded by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) and based in the School of Medicine (SOM).  Faculty in the SOM Department of Health Evaluation Sciences administered, taught, and had financial responsibility for the MPH Program. Approval of the MPH degree in GSAS was based on the University’s tradition that the SOM only awarded the M.D. degree, and that all other SOM-based degrees, including doctoral degrees in basic sciences, were awarded officially by GSAS. In 2017, the SOM began awarding the MPH degree and other SOM-based degrees.