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The Dartmouth Institute's Master of Public Health program exposes students to the evidence behind current public health research and practices and trains students to use that evidence to conduct research, implement public health programs, and evaluate such programs.
MPH students also gain skills using the methods and models of quality improvement to initiate change, translate research outcomes into action, improve care and access to care, and ultimately improve public health.
Students gain knowledge and skills through the classroom experience and through multiple opportunities in the field. The MPH can be completed full-time in one year or part-time over two-three years.
Shared required courses
Critical Issues in Health & Health Care
Continual Improvement of Healthcare
Inferential Methods & Systematic Review
Epidemiology & Biostatistics I
Current Status of Practice Variation Research
Distinctive required courses
Strategic & Financial Management of Health Care Institutions
Environmental Health Science & Policy
Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health
Each student completes an individual:
- • capstone project (written and oral presentations), providing students with an opportunity to apply principles and skills learned in the classroom and in the field to the measurement, organization, and improvement of health.
- • internship in an organization, providing students with an opportunity to apply principles and skills learned in the classroom – the measurement, organization, and improvement of health – to real situations in the field.
Statistical Measurement & Analysis for Quality Improvement
Design & Improvement of Clinical Microsystems
Geographies of Health & Disease
Pharmaceuticals, Health, and Health Policy
Medical Care and the Corporation
Qualitative Methods Toolbox
Patient Safety: Reducing Medical Errors
Practical Approaches for Today’s Health Care Ethics Challenges
Current Issues in Health Policy: Understanding Health Reform
Patient-centered Health Communications
International Perspectives on Health Care Systems
Dartmouth electives (at Tuck, Thayer, or Geisel)
A bachelor's degree must be conferred before attending Dartmouth. There are no specific course requirements to be completed at the undergraduate level.
None required but work experience, community service experience, and/or volunteer experience are encouraged.
A complete application file consists of
• personal statement (the heart of the application)
• application form
• two letters of recommendation (College seniors & recent college graduates: Two letters of recommendation must come from your professors who can assess your academic abilities. Applicants who have been out of college at least 3 years: Your letters of recommendation should come from employment supervisors and/or professors who can assess your academic abilities)
• official transcripts (All applicants must submit official transcripts for all academic work towards any degree earned, including all undergraduate and graduate degrees. If you are currently enrolled in a degree program, you are required to submit a current official transcript of courses completed and work in progress)
• standardized test scores (Choose which to submit: either GRE or MCAT or GMAT. GRE, GMAT or MCAT results must not be more than five years old. All nonnative English speakers must submit either the TOEFL or IELTS to demonstrate proficiency in English. Results must not be more than two years old. This requirement is waived for applicants who received a degree from an institution outside the U.S. where instruction is in English. The minimum required TOEFL scores for the different exams are as follows:
Internet based exam: 100
Computer based exam: 250
Paper based exam: 600
IETLS minimum score: 7)
• an application fee.
Dartmouth Scholarships are need-based and are given without expectation of repayment. Amounts range from $1,000 to over $50,000, depending on our determination of your eligibility. Some Dartmouth students will be selected as recipients of one or more of our over 750 endowed scholarship funds. These awards are not additional money, but indicate that the aid already awarded will come from a specific endowed fund. No separate application is required. Students who receive scholarships from external sources can use these funds to reduce the loan and/or job portions of their financial aid packages. Veteran's benefits are included as a resource in the determination of eligibility for Dartmouth scholarship awards. Dartmouth College currently participates at 100% in the Yellow Ribbon Program which supplements GI Bill benefits. For U.S. citizens or permanent residents, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only form required to apply for Federal Financial Aid. The federal government provides Pell Grants to students who qualify on the basis of financial need as determined by their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are awarded by the College to the most needy students. They vary in amount but do not exceed $4,000 a year. When you apply for financial aid, your parents' country of residence will determine which documents you need to submit. Parents living outside U.S. and Canada should provide income/benefits statement from employer.
Dartmouth Graduate Studies Graduate Community Award
The Graduate Community Award is designed to recognize outstanding community service undertaken by graduate students on behalf of the entire Dartmouth graduate community. The Graduate Community Award will be awarded annually to the graduate student(s) who best exemplify a deep commitment to serving the Dartmouth community. Successful recipients may have contributed in diverse ways such as participating in student governance, serving on campus-wide committees and in the development and promotion of programs that enhance the academic and social options of the entire community. The individual should combine personal qualities of dedication to inclusiveness, integrity and enthusiasm with effective service on behalf of the Dartmouth community.
The recipient(s) will be selected by the Graduate Studies Office. Departments, individual faculty members or administrators, and graduate students are eligible to make a nomination in the form of a letter of nomination. Students currently enrolled in good standing in Dartmouth Master's and Doctoral programs are eligible for the award. All nomination letters must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office (to the attention of Kerry Landers) no later than March 28. Each nominee will then be asked directly by the Graduate Office to submit a curriculum vita and a brief summary of their community service activities.
The recipient(s) of the award will receive a cash prize of $1,000.
Dartmouth Graduate Studies Graduate Alumni Research Award
Due to the generosity of a number of loyal graduates of Dartmouth's graduate programs, the Alumni Fund and the Office of Graduate Studies have received donations which have been placed into a special alumnae/i graduate fund. The Graduate Office has decided to make a certain proportion of these funds competitively available each year to our current graduate students to support their research. Here are the rules and regulations governing the dispersal of these alumnae/i funds:
1. Currently enrolled graduate students, engaged in thesis research at Dartmouth College can apply for an Alumni Research Award during the spring term of each calendar year (Deadline: May 5)
2. The maximum amount of each award will be limited to $1,000.00, but no more than $500.00 of this can be used for travel. A detailed budget is required.
3. Requests for travel to attend a scientific meeting or to purchase computers, peripherals, or other forms of laboratory equipment will not be considered. The award is designed to enhance your thesis research activity. Thus, your request must propose something that you might not readily accomplish otherwise. Some examples that come to mind are:
o provide access to a library archive to examine an original manuscript,
o provide access to a specialized item of equipment not readily available at Dartmouth,
o provide payment for additional subjects, or perform field work at a distant site that might add an interesting perspective to data collected from your existing, local field site(s).
4. The award is not intended to defray normal laboratory expenses for consumable supplies.
5. Your application must include a letter of support from your advisor which must include a statement of funds available to you for your research.
6. Recipients of Graduate Alumni Research Awards will be required to submit to the Graduate Office a one page synopsis of the activity they conducted with their award within 30 days of completion of their funded project.