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Master of Public Health

The purpose of the Master of Public Health degree (with concentration in epidemiology, international public health, environmental health, or public health systems) is to provide a learning experience that global students can readily transfer to everyday practice of public health in their home countries. Learning activities combine academic, professional education, and real-world applications that challenge the adult learner to develop a professional vocabulary and competencies in each graduate-level course. In addition, performance competency (skill-developing and knowledge-developing projects) and affective development (value-challenging experiences) are emphasized rather than only knowledge-based competency. Projects focus on enhancing the following skills: Internet, primary, and secondary research; software (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint; SPSS; etc.); creative; decision making; people management; analytical; synthesis; integrative; conceptual; and communication.

Please note: A limited number of pre-career learners may be accepted into the MPH program. If accepted as a pre-career learner, a 6-semester hour credit internship course is required instead of the 3-semester hour capstone course.

There are additional admissions requirements for this degree completion program. Please see the Admissions Page.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • To provide a professional foundation in the study and practice of public health at the graduate-level.
  • To promote the study and practice of public health, the prevention of disease, and the enhancement of quality of life through education, scholarship, and service by the adult learner for the benefit of the local, national, and global communities.
  • To provide meaningful educational program in public health that develops competent and compassionate global public health professionals capable of delivering high quality health services and leadership to individuals, families and communities while fostering critical thinking, communication, and integrity.
  • To help the adult learner apply the knowledge of public health (especially, epidemiology with its impact on international health, environmental health, and public health systems) to practical situations with a professional outlook and competent command of the facts and knowledge-base that underpins problem-solving situations in the global public health arena.

Course Requirements

Core Courses

Program Requirements

Concentration Requirements

Student will be required to concentrate in any of the available four concentrations offered in the MPH. A completion of 12 credits from concentration is required.

+ Required for learners with less than five years of experience in public health; learner, then, selects two other courses depending on personal interests and in consultation with Public Health faculty member.

++ Required for learners with more than five years of experience in public health; learner, then, selects two other courses depending on personal interests and in consultation with Public Health faculty member.

Concentration: Epidemiology

EPI 550 Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine +
EPI 551 Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Population Health Protection +
EPI 552 Epidemiological Research Methods
EPI 553 Applied Epidemiology and Public Health Surveillance
EPI 554 Special Topics in Epidemiology
EPI 650 Epidemiology in Public Health Practice ++
EPI 651 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
EPI 652 Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Control ++
EPI 653 Epidemiology and the Delivery of Health Services
EPI 654 Advanced Topics in Epidemiology

Concentration: International Public Health and Applied Epidemiology

GBH 550 International Public Health
GBH 551 Global Health
EPI 551 Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Population Health Protection
GBH 554 Special Topics in International Public Health
EPI 553 Applied Epidemiology and Public Health Surveillance
GBH 654 Advanced Special Topics in International Public Health

Concentration: Environmental Health and Applied Epidemiology

ENV 550 Community Environmental Health
ENV 552 Environmental and Occupational Health Studies
EPI 553 Applied Epidemiology and Public Health Surveillance
ENV 554 Special Topics in Environmental Health

Concentration: Public Health Systems and Applied Epidemiology

PHS 550 Information Systems for Public Health Organizations
PHS 552 Public Health Services Management
EPI 553 Applied Epidemiology and Public Health Surveillance
EPI 554 Special Topics in Public Health Systems

Total Credits required for Masters of Public Health is 42 semester hour credits; 45 semester hour credits for learners without part-time paid/volunteer work experience in the health or human service fields. Please refer to the University Catalog University Catalog or website for admissions requirements; transfer credits policy; and tuition fees.