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A Message from the Director

MPH Director John Contreras

I welcome our students and those applying to the Masters of Public Health (MPH) program at Westminster College. This past year was incredibly busy and exciting for our faculty and our students.  A major milestone was reached in the summer of 2012 as our program was accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health; our program received the maximum five year award. 

The field of public health is growing and offers diverse opportunities for addressing and improving community health at local, national, and international levels. It is a multidisciplinary field and its mission is to improve health and prevent diseases in communities across the country and internationally. As our field addresses a variety of contemporary challenges, the outlook for public health careers is bright.

Our faculty are as excellent and diverse as our students. The mix of interests and backgrounds in both our faculty members and our students makes for stimulating and meaningful discussions inside and outside of the classroom.  As an MPH student, you will find that our unique environment and small class sizes allow our faculty to invest their attention in each and every student. This hands-on approach is the key to ensuring a sound education for each of our students and preparing them for challenging and rewarding careers in the public health field.

The MPH program has been tailored to allow students to pursue their degrees while maintaining full- or part-time employment.  Our classes meet bi-weekly on Friday and Saturday. This "worker-friendly" format addresses many of the needs of our students and allows them to obtain their MPH degrees within two years.

I hope I have been able to convey the excitement and enthusiasm we have for our program.  Please learn more by browsing through our website or by contacting us directly. I look forward to you joining our community of learners and enriching our program with your unique perspective.


John R. Contreras, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.
Director Public Health Program