Curriculum

The curriculum has been designed to be completed in 20 months.This sample course schedule shows the overall sequence and timing of courses. Each course will include both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities, with most live sessions scheduled weekly on a weekday at 7pm ET. Please be aware that variations in this example are possible due to faculty availability and program changes.

Sample Course Schedule

Year 1

Fall (9 credits)
PUBHLTH 512 Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health (3 cr)
PUBHLTH 508 Social Determinants of Health (1 cr)
PUBHLTH 511 Nutrition and Public Health (2 cr)
BIOSTAT 501 Introduction to Biostatistics (3 cr) 
Winter (9 credits)
PUBHLTH 513 Public Health Systems, Policy and Management (3 cr)
PUBHLTH 510 Communication Fundamentals (1 cr)
PUBHLTH 514 Public Health Sciences and the Environment (2 cr)
PUBHLTH 515 Population Health (3 cr)
Spring/Summer (3-6 credits)
 Elective Series I course (3 cr)
 Elective Series I course (3 cr)

Year 2

Fall (10 credits)
PUBHLTH 680 Applied Practice and Integrative Experience I (2 cr)*
  Elective Series I course (3 cr)
  Elective Series I course (2 cr)
  Elective Series II course (3 cr) 
Winter (11 credits)
PUBHLTH 680 Applied Practice and Integrative Experience II (2 cr)*
PUBHLTH 516 Leadership Skills for Inerprofessional Practice (1 cr)*
  Elective Series II course (3 cr)
  Elective Series II course (2 cr)
  Elective Series II course (3 cr)

Electives

Students have the opportunity to enroll in elective courses that focus on personal and professional areas of interest. Students typically pursue two elective areas of interest


 *Applied Practice and Integrative Experience (2 cr Fall + 2 cr Winter):  A key element of the MPH will be an integrated applied practice experience and culminating capstone (4 credits), which gives students exposure to the practical demands of working in the public health field and requires the integration of knowledge with skills and the application of competencies in practice. The applied practice experience can occur in any term of the second year and the practice activity/project is flexible in order to meet students’ interests in public health. 

The CEPH accreditation criteria for the applied practice experience dictates that the experience must a) involve an external practice partner, b) build off of the didactic component of three core competencies and c) result in two written products that are provided to the external partner. An example of a project/product that could be done in all 50 states is the analysis of the state's annual BRFSS data and the development of an executive summary, PowerPoint presentation, and detailed report on a state's health indicators for a department of health. Performing and writing up health assessments for communities with a local or global partner is another meaningful but systematic way to benefit both student and public health agency. 

The culminating integrative experience for the MPH students should be completed during the final term of the program. Students will develop a culminating high-level integrated written product (e.g. policy brief, program plan, research paper, community health needs assessment) relevant to a real world applied health problem synthesizing competencies achieved throughout the program.