Curriculum

The curriculum for both the Master of Science and Master of Public Health in Population and Health Sciences has been designed to be completed in 20 months. Sample course schedules show the overall sequence and timing of courses. The workload of both the MS and MPH programs can be expected to be about 10-15 hours per week spent on coursework, making it feasible for working professionals to earn these degrees. 

Each course will include both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities, with most live sessions scheduled weekly on a weekday at 7pm ET. 

The school year is broken into three terms: fall, winter, spring/summer. Some foundational courses will run on a monthly basis.

 Please be aware that variations in the course schedules below  are possible due to faculty availability and program changes.

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

Capstone Projects

APEx and Integrated Learning (MPH only)

A key element of the MPH curriculum is the Applied Practice and Integrative Experience, an integrated applied practice experience and culminating capstone 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 culminating integrative experience for the MPH students should be completed during the final term of the program. Students will develop a 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. 

Research Project (MS only)

The MS program curriculum culminates in a comprehensive research project. The goal of this project is for students to conduct research and communicate the results in written and oral forms that reflect the public health field’s research publication and presentation formats. Throughout the year-long process, faculty will lead students through the different phases of their research. Each component will be submitted and evaluated throughout the process. The final research product will be submitted in a research publication format abiding by a selected journal’s format.

 Students will also be assigned a faculty research mentor to guide them through their research and review their progress throughout the two courses. The research project courses, PUBHLTH 682 and 683, will include two 90-minute Zoom sessions per week.