Master of Public Health Program Requirements
Students enrolled in the Population and Health Sciences Master of Public Health (MPH) programs complete 42 credit hours. The MPH program consists of core classes, a course in the concentration of Population and Health Sciences, electives, and an applied practice and integrative experience. Students can complete the program in five semesters. Learn more below about the core curriculum and elective options.
Master of Public Health Degree
Students in the MPH degree program will complete 23 credit hours in core course material (19 didactic credits and 4 experiential learning credits) and choose from 6 elective series options. The MPH program emphasizes skills for public health practice and emphasizes courses in health education, health management and policy, and leadership and communication.
MPH Core Courses (19 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)
- 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 516: Leadership Skills for Interpersonal Practice (1 cr)
- PUBHLTH 515: Population Health (3 cr)
Applied Practice and Integrative Experience (4 credits)
A key element of the MPH will be an Applied Practice and Integrative Experience (PUBHLTH 680/681, 2 credit Fall Semester + 2 credit Winter Semester), 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 activities/projects are flexible in order to meet students’ interests in public health.
MPH Elective Series (19 -22 credits)
MPH students can choose from over 40 elective courses, which are grouped in series of 4-5 coordinated courses totaling 11 credits per series. Students will typically choose 2 elective series during their degree program in order to focus on their specific areas of interest. See full list of currently offered elective courses for the Master of Public Health degree.