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

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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:
    Advance and promote the implementation of evidence-based public health practice
    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
    Analyze the effects of political, social and economic policies on public health systems at the local, state, national and international level
    Use collaborative methods for achieving organizational and community health goals
    Recognize sociocultural factors that promote and inhibit health in vulnerable and underserved populations
    Apply knowledge regarding planning, data collection, and project/policy implementation for community based health programs in diverse populations
    Differentiate between qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods in relation to their strengths, limitations and appropriate uses and emphases on reliability and validity
    Develop skills to identify public health research questions and hypotheses, analyze data and communicate findings effectively to diverse stakeholders
    Identify, understand and promote ethical choices, strong values and professionalism in public health practice
    Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of professional public health activities
    Engage in dialogue and learning from others to advance public health goals
    Identify quantitative and qualitative data and information that can be used for assessing the health of a community
    Synthesize information from multiple data systems or other sources
    Assess the strengths and limitations of various research designs in collecting, analyzing and interpreting information from public health studies
    Utilize appropriate information technologies to collect, analyze and disseminate data
  • 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 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:
    EPH 604 Clinical Trials (3 credits)
    EPH 644 Fundamentals of Program Evaluation (3 credits)
    EPH 647 Community Based Participatory Research (3 credits)
    EPH 651 Research Methods (3 credits)
    EPH 656 Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)
    EPH 625 Survey of Statistical Computing (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 MSPH Thesis Proposal (3 credits)
    EPH 699 MSPH Thesis (3 credits)
  • Elective Courses (11 credits)
    Students may choose EPH and BST courses in the 600 and 700 level that are not already listed to satisfy as electives .

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