Master of Public Health Program Requirements

Students enrolled in in Population and Health Sciences master's programs complete 42 credit hours. The 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 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 six 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)

Applied Practice and Integrative Experience (4 credits)

  •  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.

Population and Health Sciences Elective Series (MPH)

Elective Series (19 -22 credits)

Over 40 elective courses are available for MPH students, to choose from, all of which can be taken in conjunction with related courses within the elective series offered to provide expertise in specific areas of interest. Students will typically choose 2 elective series paths during their degree program. Each elective series will consist of 4-5 courses representing beginner, intermediate, and advanced course sequences. See full list of currently offered elective courses for the Master of Public Health degree.