Online Master’s Degree Curriculum

The curriculum for both the Master of Science (MS) and Master of Public Health (MPH) in Population and Health Sciences has been designed to be completed in 20 months. Students can expect to spend 15-20 hours per week on coursework, making it feasible for working professionals to earn these degrees. 

The school year is broken into three terms: fall, winter, and spring/summer. Each course will include both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities, with most live sessions scheduled on a weekday at 7pm ET and typically occuring once a week.

These sample course schedules show the overall sequence and timing of courses. 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 series. 

Capstone Projects

Applied Practice and Integrated Learning Experience (MPH only)

A key element of the MPH curriculum is the Applied Practice and Integrative Experience (APEx), an integrated applied practice experience and culminating capstone that 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 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 formats 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.