The Morgan State University Public Health Program was launched in 1999 to produce a new generation of public health professionals. This program was the first to offer the DrPH degree at an HBCU. The Public Health Program was approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and focuses on issues that plague urban communities - including drug abuse, violence, HIV/AIDS, obesity, men's health and infant mortality. The MSU Public Health Program awarded its first four doctoral degrees in 2003.

In 2005, the School of Community Health and Policy (SCHP) was created to expand the University's health mission and program offerings to better respond to the need for a well prepared, diverse, culturally responsive health professions workforce. Salient characteristics of the school are its focus on urban communities, elimination of health disparities, and its use of a practice-based service learning framework.

The School of Community Health and Policy offers a range of unique graduate and undergraduate academic opportunities in Public Health, Nutrition, and Nursing. The school consists of the Public Health Program (graduate - MPH, DrPH), the Nursing Program (undergraduate and graduate - BS, MS) and the Nutritional Science Program (undergraduate - BS).

The School is committed to providing students from diverse backgrounds with a rigorous education in the health sciences, incorporating community-based learning as an integral component of the educational experience. The School of Community Health and Policy equips its graduates to assume professional positions that address health disparities confronting populations in urban areas in Maryland and across the nation.

Vision

The vision of the School of Community Health and Policy is to be an integral part of the community, working to achieve optimal health.

Mission

The Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy's mission is to develop a corps of health professionals committed to transforming urban communities by promoting health and reducing health inequities. 
                        

SCHP's guiding principles
• academic excellence,
• social justice,
• health equity,
• community engagement, and
• experiential learning