M.S.P.H. Master of Science in Public Health

The MSPH is an academic research degree designed for students who wish to prepare for further study at the doctoral level or to prepare for research or technical positions in government, industry, academia, or private institutions. Studies will include many of the core disciplines included in the MPH degree with an additional emphasis on advanced research methods and quantitative analysis skills.

We are committed to transmitting the skill sets necessary to conduct effective public health research to all our students, understanding that such research may take place in academic, governmental, the private sector, and international settings. Experience in public health research often involves similar skill sets as those needed by public health practitioners.

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

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

  • Competencies:
    Apply statistical reasoning and quantitative methods for the purpose of analyzing public health data and participating in population-based research
    Identify and apply the most appropriate statistical test for the purpose of performing hypothesis-driven research to solve public health problems
    Explain the role of multi-level occupational and environmental conditions which directly or indirectly impact the health of individuals, communities, and populations
    Apply epidemiologic methods to the measurement and study of population health and the prevention of infectious and chronic disease
    Examine the main components and issues of the organization, financing, and delivery of health services and public health systems
    Identify social and behavioral concepts, models and theories that form the foundation of health promotion and disease prevention
    Differentiate between qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods in relation to their strengths, limitations and appropriate uses and emphases on reliability and validity
    Identify public health research questions and hypotheses, analyze data and communicate findings effectively to diverse stakeholders
    Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of professional public health activities
    Assess the strengths and limitations of various research designs in collecting, analyzing and interpreting information from public health studies
  • Average Program Duration:  2 years
  • Total required credits:  45 credits

The Curriculum

The MSPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. 

An elective credit waiver may be available for students who enter the MSPH degree program with an earned advanced degree (e.g., MD, DDS, DVM, JD).

  • Core Courses (22 credits)
    EPH 600 Introduction to the Science and Practice of Public Health (3 credits)
    EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics I (4 credits)
    EPH 602 Biostatistics II (3 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 or (3 credits) EPH 632 U.S. Health Systems (3 credits)
    EPH 641 Aspects of Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • Methods Courses (6 credits)
    Choose two courses from the following:
    BST 625 Survey of Statistical Computing (3 credits)
    EPH 651 Research Methods (3 credits)
    EPH 703 Advanced Statistical Methods I (4 credits)
    EPH 752 Advanced Research Methods (3 credits)
    EPH 774 Epidemiologic Methods and Reasoning (3 credits)
    BST 605 Statistical Principles of Clinical Trials (3 credits)
    BST 630 Longitudinal and Multilevel Data Analysis (3 credits)
    EPH 644 Fundamentals of Program Evaluation (3 credits)
    EPH 647 Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) (3 credits)
    EPH 656 Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)
    EPH 705 Advanced Statistical Methods II (3 credits)
    EPH 722 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 credits)
    EPH 727 Data Methods of Health and Climate (3 credits)
    EPH 751 Survival Analysis in Clinical Trials (3 credits)
    EPH 772 Design and Implementation of Epidemiologic Studies (3 credits)
    EPH 776 Methods in Epidemiology (3 credits)
    BST 692 Case Studies in Biostatistics (3 credits)
    EPH 604 Clinical Trials (3 credits)
  • Research Thesis Project (6 credits)
    The public health thesis project requires an individual investigation of a current public health problem and allows the student to demonstrate competency in the development and implementation of a research question. Students will work closely with a faculty project advisor and project committee during their investigation. The research thesis project courses are:
    EPH 698 Thesis Proposal (3 credits)
    EPH 699 Thesis (3 credits)

For curriculum information and course descriptions, please click on the right. For the program application, click below.