MPH in Population and Health Sciences Courses

5 Terms | 42 Credits | 100% Online

The curriculum for the 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 this degree. Students participate in only one or two courses at a time. View all courses in the MPH curriculum below:

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 occurring once a week.

The Course Schedule document below can help students plan their schedule. It offers information on all Population and Health Sciences courses, when they are offered and which courses align with a given elective series. 

Students can also reference the Sample Course Schedule document below which will offer an idea of what a typical course plan could look like across both years of the degree program. Please be aware that variations in the course schedules below are possible due to faculty availability and program changes.

MPH Core Courses

Course Title Credits Term
BIOSTAT501 Introduction To Biostatistics 3 F
PUBHLTH508 Social Determinants Of Health 1 F
PUBHLTH510 Communication Fundamentals W
PUBHLTH511 Nutrition And Public Health 2 F
PUBHLTH512 Principles Of Epidemiology For Public Health 3 F
PUBHLTH513 Public Health Systems, Policy And Management 3 W
PUBHLTH514 Public Health Sciences And The Environment 2 W
PUBHLTH515 Population Health 3 W
PUBHLTH516 Leadership Skills For Interprofessional Practice 1 W

MPH Elective Courses

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.

Variations in the following schedule are possible based on faculty availability and program changes. Students may earn graduate certificates by completing select elective series, learn more.

Biostatistics I Analyzing Health Data

Course Name Credits Term
BIOSTAT 591 Introduction to R (Biostats) 2 S
BIOSTAT 592 Applied Regression 3 S
BIOSTAT593 Design for Health Studies 1 S
BIOSTAT 594 Applied Generalized Linear Models 3 F
BIOSTAT 595 Applied Longitudinal Analysis Using R 2 F

Environmental Health Sciences I Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

*in development for 2021

Course Name Credits Term
EHS 601 Exposure Science and Health 3 S
EHS 591 Toxicology and Health 3 S
EHS 592 Occupational and Environmental Disease 3 F
EHS 593 Risk Assessment for Decision-Making 2 F

Epidemiology I Applied Epidemiology

Course Name Credits Term
EPID 590 Epidemiological Methods  3 S
EPID 591 Social Epidemiology: From Frameworks to Policy 3 S
EPID 602 Applied Epidemiologic Data Analysis 4 F
EPID 643 Surveillance and Publicly Available Datasets 1 F

Health Behavior & Health Education I Health Behavior and Health Equity

Course Name Credits Term
HBEHED 590 Principles of Community Engagement for Health Promotion 3 S
HBEHED 591 Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs 3 S
HBEHED 592 Health Program Evaluation 3 F
HBEHED 593 Theoretical Foundations for Understanding
Psychosocial Determinants of Health
2 F

Health Management & Policy I Healthcare Accounting and Finance

Course Number Name Credits Term
HMP 603 Organization and Management of Healthcare Systems 2 F
HMP 654 Operations Research and Control Systems 2 F
HMP 608 Healthcare Financial Accounting 2 W
HMP 606 Managerial Accounting for Healthcare Administrators 2 W
HMP 607 Corporate Finance for Healthcare Administrators 3 W

Nutritional Sciences I Maternal and Child Nutrition 

Course Name Credits Term
NUTR 590 Epigenetics and the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease 2 S
NUTR 591 Foundations of Maternal and Child Nutrition I 3 S
NUTR 592 Foundations of Maternal and Child Nutrition II 3 F
NUTR 593 Food Security Policy and Programs 3 F

Environmental Health Sciences II Public Health and Environmental Sustainability

Course Number Name Credits Term
EHS 672 Healthy and Sustainable Food and Products - Life Cycle Assessment 3 F
EHS 594 Global Environment and Health 2 W
EHS 570 Water Quality Management 2 W
EHS 596 Climate, Justice, Health & Sustainability 2 W
EHS 597 Environmental Health and Policy 2 W

Epidemiology II Spatial Epidemiology and Modeling

Course Number Name Credits Term
EPID 592 Introduction to Spatial Epidemiology and GIS for Public Health 4 F
EPID 593 Introduction to R 2 W
EPID 594 Key Concepts in Spatial Analysis 2 W
EPID 595 Applied Spatial Modeling  3 W

Health Behavior & Health Education II

Course Number Name Credits Term
HBEHED 620 Behavioral Research Methods in Public Health 3 F
HBEHED 595 Motivational Interviewing in Public Health 3 W
HBEHED 530 Techniques of Survey Research 2 W
HBEHED 597 Clear Health Communication 3 W

Nutritional Sciences II Precision Nutrition 

*in development for 2021

Course Number Name Credits Term
NUTR 594 Molecular Nutrition 3 F
NUTR 595 Nutrition and Genetic Epidemiology 3 W
NUTR 596 The Omics Era and Personalized Nutrition 2 W
NUTR 597 Approaches to Precision Nutrition 3 W

Capstone Courses

The Master of Public Health Applied Practice and Integrated Learning Experience (APEx and ILE)

Course Number Name Credits Term
PUBHLTH 680 Applied Practice and Integrative Experience I 2 F
PUBHLTH 681 Applied Practice and Integrative Experience II 2 W

The second year includes two courses (PUBHLTH 680/681) dedicated to synthesizing the skills and competencies learned throughout the program in applied practice and integrative learning experiences. 

The applied practice experience is a real-world writing project that is all about contributing to the world of public health. Students will work with real community organizations to create documents or products that meet their needs. Each course assignment will take learners one step closer to the final products.

Organizations may include public health departments, community health organizations, charities or nonprofits, clinics, or labs. Students may produce project materials such as patient education materials, infographics or visual aids, brief training manuals, or brochures.

The integrative learning experience will 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. Faculty will provide guidance as students research, analyze, evaluate, and create the integrative project and written deliverable.