M.P.H. Master of Public Health

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The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is a professional degree for students who require a broad general academic experience in public health. Students will acquire competency in the fundamental public health disciplines. This includes research design and conduct, data analysis and policy analysis, communications, program planning and administration, public health systems and the organization of health services in the United States and Latin America, recognition and analysis of ethical issues in public health and professional practice, the needs of special populations, and the integration of these core disciplines in public health decision making.

We recognize the importance of practical knowledge and skills for those entering the field of public health. The  MPH degree provides a comprehensive education in areas of knowledge basic to public health: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration/health economics, and social and behavioral sciences.

The Master of Public Health degree is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Upon completion of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, all graduates will be able to:

  • Competencies:
    Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
    Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
    Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
    Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
    Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
    Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels
    Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
    Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
    Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
    Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
    Select methods to evaluate public health programs
    Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
    Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
    Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
    Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity
    Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
    Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
    Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
    Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
    Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
    Perform effectively on interprofessional teams
    Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue
  • Average Program Duration:  2 years. Students enrolled in the Accelerated MPH program may complete this degree in 1 year. See details below.
  • Total required credits:  45 credits

The MPH Curriculum

The total requirements for the major are 45 credits for traditional students. The credits must be completed as core, electives, and capstone. Many students who have an advanced degree (MD,  MBBS, JD,  DDS, EdD or Ph.D.) may qualify for a credit waiver of up to nine credits.

Effective Spring 2019, the curriculum requirements for the MPH degree include 19 credits of core coursework, 9 credits of public health skills (generalist concentration), 11 credits of electives, and 6 credits for capstone. Students entering the program January 2019 and beyond will complete the revised curriculum requirements.

The Accelerated MPH Program

The Accelerated MPH program follows the same 45-credit curriculum as the MPH program and it is completed in one calendar year from summer to summer. Accelerated MPH students start the program in the summer session, continue in fall semester, take courses during winter session, continue in spring and spring inter-session, and end in the following first summer session. The course load per semester for accelerated students is greater than for traditional students; to ensure completion of the requirements within the shortened timeframe, accelerated students must follow the program plan designed under the supervision of their assigned faculty advisor from the start of the program. Students interested in the Accelerated MPH program must apply via SOPHAS to this option. There are unique admissions requirements for this program. Visit the Admissions page to learn more about the Accelerated MPH admissions requirements and application process.

  • Core Courses (19 credits)
    EPH 600 Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
    EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics 1 (4 credits)
    EPH 617 Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (3 credits) or EPH 620 Health Education and Behavior (3 credits)
    EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3 credits)
    EPH 631 Public Health Administration (3 credits) or EPH 632 U.S. Health Systems (3 credits)
    EPH 641 Aspects of Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • Elective Area of Focus (20 credits)
    Students can choose from a variety of coursework offered in one or more of the following areas:
    Environment and Public Health
    Epidemiology and Population Health Sciences
    Health Services Policy and Research
    Prevention Science and Community Health
  • Capstone Courses (6 credits)
    The Capstone Field Experience EPH and the Capstone Project are both vital components of the MPH program and together form the Capstone Experience. The Capstone Field Experience is designed to provide students with real-world work experience in the field of public health. This experience places students in health-related settings (local, national, and international) to work on projects of mutual interest to both the field organization and the student. The Capstone Project is intended to build upon this fieldwork and is geared toward providing the student with an opportunity to apply public health academic theory and acquired skills to community health problems.  Students are encouraged to build their Capstone Program in such a way that supports their academic and professional interests as they advance in their careers as public health professionals. 


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