About the Program
The Westminster Master of Public Health (MPH) and Certificate in Public Health Program, housed within the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, emphasize the essentials for public health practice in the 21st century. The program lays the foundation that is required to be an effective member of the public health workforce. Graduates are prepared to promote and protect public health and safety through education, service, and the application of evidence-based science. Two options are available. The MPH degree and the Certificate are taught in a "worker-friendly" format: core courses will be offered every two weeks on a Friday and Saturday throughout the semester, and some elective courses are offered in the evenings. For the public health professional, the MPH degree is recognized internationally.
The program is made possible through a very generous donation to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences by philanthropist The Very Reverend Fredrick "Rick" Quinney Lawson. Rev. Lawson has been a long-time supporter of Westminster. He was integrally involved in the creation of the Emma Eccles Jones Center for Nursing and Heath Sciences, which was funded by his great aunt, Emma Eccles Jones’ Foundation. As a reverend at St. Marks Cathedral in Salt Lake, Rev. Lawson is uniquely tied to the college since Westminster’s nursing program conducts their annual pinning ceremony there. In 2003, he was presented an honorary degree from the college for his genuine concern for the community.