MPH Program

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Public Health Curriculum

The Master of Public Health Degree Program consists of 42 semester credits drawn from required and elective courses. This CEPH requirement applies to all students who matriculate in their first course after August 1, 2007. Students who matriculated in a course before Fall 2007 are required to complete 30 credit hours for graduation.

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health consists of 15 semester credits, all of which are required courses. Students in the certificate program enroll in the core public health courses with students in the MPH program. The core courses include Environmental Health (18200), Principles of Epidemiology (18201), Public Health Administration (18203), Introduction to Biostatistics (18204), and Behavioral Science and Public Health (18212).

All students must maintain continual enrollment. The public health courses allow students to achieve the skills necessary to provide leadership in addressing public and community health issues.

MPH Credit Breakdown

Type Credits

5 Core Courses


3 Community Health Courses


Ethics Course


Elective Courses

8 - 9

 Field Placement

(inc. 1 credit for Preparation)

3 or 4

Capstone Project


Total MPH Degree Required Credits



Course Offerings


18200 Environmental Health (Spring)

18201 Principles of Epidemiology (Fall)

18203 Public Health Administration (Fall)

18204 Introduction to Biostatistics (Spring)

18212 Behavioral Science and Public Health (Summer)


18209 Community Health Assessment and Improvement (Fall)

18230 Community Health Program Planning (Spring)

18250 Ethical Issues in Public Health (Fall)

18260 Community Health Program Evaluation (Fall)

18279 MPH Field Placement Preparation (Fall, Spring, Summer)

18280 MPH Field Placement (Fall, Spring, Summer)

18297 MPH Capstone Project (Fall, Spring, Summer)



18219 Introduction to Global Health

18241 Health Communication

18243 Performance Management and Quality Improvement

18254 Challenges in Maternal and Child Health
(odd years - 2015, 2017)


18202 Toxicology

18215 Infectious Diseases

18223 Public Health Policy

18258 Advanced Epidemiological Methods
     (even years - 2016, 2018)

18265 Public Health Research


18218 Racial and Ethnic Inequalities in Health

18221 Public Health Law

All courses consist of 3 credits except for MPH Field Placement Preparation (1 credit) and MPH Field Placement (2 or 3 credits).

Course Descriptions
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