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Dear PHP Faculty, Current Students, Staff, Alumni and Friends,

Our Public Health Program (PHP) began offering a Master of Public Health (MPH) with a General Track emphasis in 2002.  In 2007, the Public Health Program (PHP) added MPH tracks in Epidemiology and Environmental Health and a Doctoral program in Epidemiology, leading to a DrPH degree. In April 2013, the Council on Education for Public Health accredited the PHP. The US Department of Education recognizes the CEPH as an independent agency that accredits schools of public health and public health programs.

I am pleased to announce you that in March 2019 the CEPH Board of Councilors reaccredited the Public Health Program for a seven-year term! The CEPH reaccreditation is a result of your hard work and support. This is an exciting time for our program, and it is important to inform faculty, students, alumni, and community members about news, events, workforce development, and continuing education in the PHP.  I hope that you will value this and future editions of this Newsletter.

Your support is invaluable in continuing the outstanding work of the PHP.



Vivian S Green PhD, MS, LND
Associate Dean of Public Health Program
Ponce Health Sciences University


The mission of the Public Health Program at PHSU is to educate professionals and public health practitioners in the needed knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors to provide high-quality public health services and promote and protect the health of diverse populations in the globalized world.  This will be accomplished through an innovative, dynamic, responsive public health curriculum while preparing to be ethically competent professionals, public health practitioners, and researchers. 


The PHSU Public Health Program commits and aspires to be a leader in preparing excellent public health professionals and investigators to be competent in public health knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors to improve the health of communities and populations locally and across the world.


I solemnly swear to do everything in my reach to safeguard human and environmental health, through prevention, protection, promotion, and educational efforts. I accept the responsibility to use my talents, training, and professional experience to infuse public trust in all my efforts in public health. It is my personal compromise to serve the community with integrity and pride.


Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology

The purpose of the Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology (DrPH) is to educate professionals with knowledge, skills and abilities in the development of epidemiological methodology applied to health needs including the identification of risk factors, clinical research, programs assessment, prevention, protection and treatment of diseases. These professionals will contribute to the enhancement of the public health through analyses and reformulation of laws that impact health on the local, state and federal levels.

Master in Public Health

The MPH Program is established in response to the needs of our society. It provides a multidisciplinary program through education, research and community service to develop the skills of a public health professional necessary for the protection of health and prevention of disease of the individuals and communities. Students will be well prepared to improve the challenges of our health care such as improving the access of people suffering contagious diseases and work to reduce environmental hazards such as violence, drug use and abuse, accidents, etc.

Master in Public Health - International Health (100% Online)

The Master of Public Health with a specialty in International Health from Ponce Health Sciences University is a unique program in Puerto Rico, designed to train health professionals with the ability to make decisions based on international regulations and standards in times of health crisis. It is focused on international health interaction, which requires understanding of the actions between two or more countries. This program has a total of 55 credits and is taught virtually. Furthermore, its structure allows it to be completed in a period of two years.

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