The MPH program offers four concentrations, providing the opportunity to tailor a course of study that resonates with your interests. Each concentration has select courses in addition to the MPH general core required courses, plus elective offerings to be combined for a total of nine credit hours in the concentration. Students also can choose to expand their studies with a double concentration, which may include additional course work. Students should work closely with their advisor to ensure optimal course selection and foster the evolution of a successful Capstone project. More detail can be found in the MPH Student Handbook.

Coordinator: Peter Zimmerman, PhD, MPH (

Peter A. Zimmerman headshot

The Global Health concentration seeks to improve health and achieve equity in health for all people worldwide. Students develop an understanding of the history, context, and impact of colonial health, tropical medicine, international health and global health, as well as the agencies and relationships that interact to address historical and ongoing global health issues. Students learn to a) prioritize diseases of global health importance and their epidemiological context, b) apply methods for strengthening and focusing existing capacities and resources for health program sustainability and enhancement, and c) contrast application of technology to impact priority diseases with addressing the underlying social and economic determinants of global health linked to health care delivery systems. The Global Health concentration equips students to understand and address complex health issues in diverse cultural settings.

Coordinator: Kate Nagel, DrPH, MPH  (

Faculty Member at CWRU

The Health Policy and Management concentration provides students with an understanding of how policy impacts health care delivery and outcomes, and how to analyze and prepare to respond to the ever-changing field of health care through principles of management, systems thinking and advocacy efforts. In addition to core courses, students can tailor the concentration to gain a deeper skillset in health care policy, health care law and ethics, public health program development, health care management, and comparative effectiveness. Graduates are well-positioned for careers in public health agencies, nonprofit organizations, hospitals and government.

Coordinator: Erika Trapl, PhD (

Faculty Member at CWRU

The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention concentration focuses on promoting, improving and maintaining health through programs, systems, and policies that impact individuals, organizations, and communities.  This concentration provides students with an understanding of the underlying factors that contribute to poor health and the tools to address these issues.  Students interested in careers in health departments, community advocacy and with agencies that promote well-being and provide health services in the community, as well as cross-training for family medicine, dentistry, nursing or social work will benefit from the holistic approach to health and well-being that this concentration provides.

Coordinator: Mendel Singer, PhD, MPH (

Mendel Singer, PhD, MPH

The Population Health Research concentration is for students who see themselves in a career with a focus on research in public health and/or clinical/health care. Students learn how to conduct research using publicly available healthcare databases and electronic health records, methods that have become essential in population health research. Required courses give students a stronger background in biostatistics than is offered in the standard MPH core. Concentration courses emphasize statistical programming. Electives can focus on other research methods or may be from a content area in which the student wishes to focus their research.

Concentration Elective Petition

Please note that while many electives can be selected from to complete program requirements, not all courses have been approved as concentration electives. In order to have a course approved as a concentration elective for your plan of study, please complete the Concentration Elective Petition Form. This form is to be completed by the student, signed by the concentration coordinator and returned to the MPH office.