What is Public Health?

  • Public Health is defined as “the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society” (Acheson, 1988; WHO).

What is the role of a Public Health Professional?

As a public health professional, you will be trained to perform one or more of the following tasks:

  • Monitor, diagnose and investigate the health status of a community to identify potential problems.
  • Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
  • Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems.
  • Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
  • Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
  • Promote equitable access to health services.
  • Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
  • Research new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.

Where you can work with a MPH Degree?

As a broad field, public health opens the door to a number of career opportunities and settings such as:

  • State and local health departments or agencies,
  • Nonprofits and community organizations,
  • Health care organizations and hospitals,
  • Private sector companies, such as health insurances and pharmaceutical companies,
  • Colleges and universitie

Public Health Community Services Activities

MPH Community Program


The vision of the program is to transform in a positive way the health and education of Puerto Rico communities.


The mission is to provide a high-quality education with a multidisciplinary curriculum focused on service and research to prepare future public health professionals with the necessary competencies to address public health issues in Puerto Rico.

Goals of the MPH Program

  • Education: Provide a multidisciplinary education to develop professionals with the competencies to address public health issues.
  • Research: Conduct research to contribute to advance knowledge in the public health field.
  • Service: Promote underserved communities’ health through public health initiatives.


The following core values enlighten the institutional environment and guide us in the fulfillment of our mission and goals:

  • Professionalism: we foster the development of public health professionals with the necessary competencies to serve the community with enthusiasm, respect, integrity, responsibility, and commitment.
  • Diversity: we foster to develop health professionals ready to serve diverse populations.
  • Educational Quality: we are committed to offering an outstanding education with a multidisciplinary integrative learning experience.
  • Evidence-based Approach: we are committed to scientific rigor, critical analysis, and sound reasoning in public health and practice.
  • Community Engagement: we are committed to participating and developing healthy communities.

SJBSM MPH Program Highlights:

  • Licensed by the Puerto Rico Board of Post-Secondary Institutions.
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
  • Evening program that offers distance education and face to face teaching methodologies.
  • Guided by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) competencies and the introductory public health learning objectives.
  • Highlights the Epidemiology and Biostatistics disciplines through the curriculum.
  • Facilities with computers focused on statistical software and data management solutions.
  • Approved, planned, and supervised practice experience in a community-based setting.
  • Research project to produce a scientific manuscript for publication in a peer review journal.
  • Engage students, faculty and staff in activities that promotes the wellbeing of underserved populations.
  • Community partnership to support students' learning experiences.
  • Diverse and highly qualified faculty from different health fields, such as medicine, public health, law, education, administration, psychology, and natural sciences.