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Current Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to the Medical College of Wisconsin! Whether you're enrolled in the MPH program, a Certificate program, or taking courses as a non-degree seeking student, you will find this page useful in getting started. We recommend that you review the entire page and all associated links. 

  • Accreditation

    Review the MPH Program's accreditation by CEPH and learn about the process of reaccreditation.

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  • Certification in Public Health

    Describes the exam, offered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners, which confers a certification in public health.

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  • Competencies

    Identifies the 27 competencies each student should achieve during the MPH program.

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  • Courses & Curriculum

    Outlines curriculum requirements and course descriptions.

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  • Student Handbook

    Access the Master of Public Health Program student handbook.

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  • Research Opportunities

    MCW is committed to research and collaboration.

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  • Resources

    Information and links to useful resources.

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David Nelson, MPH Program Director, acts as each student's academic advisor upon enrollment in the MPH or Certificate programs. You will meet with him at least once each year, in person or by phone, to discuss your academic progress and any other concerns.

For questions or concerns regarding your plan of study or specific courses, you may also contact the MPH Program at mph@mcw.edu.

You will have a different faculty advisor for your Field Placement and Capstone Project courses.
Plan of Study and Templates

Plan of Study and Templates

MPH and Certificate students are required to complete a plan of study at the beginning of their program and revise it at least annually. The plan of study illustrates when you will complete the program's required coursework.

Information on courses, including when they're offered and course descriptions, is available on the Courses and Curriculum webpage. For questions or concerns regarding scheduling or specific courses, including on-campus course options, please contact the MPH Program at mph@mcw.edu.

MPH Degree
Certificate in Public Health (DOC)
Certificate in Community Health Assessment & Planning (DOC)
Certificate in Population Health Management (DOC)

Helpful Hints

  • Online courses, on average, require 6 to 10 hours of study each week, so think about how much time you can devote to coursework when you’re deciding how many courses to enroll in each semester.
  • The summer semester is 9 weeks long (as opposed to 16 weeks in the Fall and Spring), so the courses are shorter but more intense.
  • Take your core courses first. These are the foundation for other courses, and many are prerequisites (or at least recommended) for the elective courses.
  • The Field Placement should be one of the last courses you enroll in. You need to enroll in Field Placement Preparation the semester before to prepare for your placement.
  • The Capstone Project should be the last course you enroll in, and you need to plan time the semester before for preparation.


Culminating Experiences

Culminating Experiences

The Field Placement and Capstone Project are required courses, which should be taken at the end of the MPH program.

Field Placement

The Field Placement course offers you the opportunity to work with a public health agency on a worthwhile project. This course requires a significant amount of preparation; therefore, you are required to enroll in the Field Placement Preparation course the semester before starting your Field Placement.

To enroll in Field Placement, you must have completed all of your core coursework (Environmental Health, Principles of Epidemiology, Public Health Administration, Biostatistics, and Behavioral Science and Public Health), and we recommend that you have completed all program coursework other than the Capstone Project.

Capstone Project

The Capstone Project course consists of a Master's Paper and should be completed as the last course of the MPH program. This course also requires a significant amount of preparation; therefore, you are expected to start planning at least three months in advance.


On-campus Information

On-campus Information

You have the option of enrolling in select on-campus courses with prior approval from the Program Director, Terry Brandenburg.

MPH Program Course

  • 18201: Principles of Epidemiology

On-Campus Course Alternative

  • 11200: Introduction to Epidemiology
    • Fall Semester, Thursdays usually from 6-9 p.m.
  • CTS20150: Introduction to Epidemiology
    • Fall Semester, Thursdays usually from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Transfer Credits: Courses taken in other programs at the Medical College must be transferred into the MPH program, and you may only transfer in 14 of the program's 42 credits.

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Contact Information

MPH specific questions, contact mph@mcw.edu or (414) 955-4510.

Financial aid questions, contact finaid@mcw.edu or (414) 955-8208.

Graduate School questions, contact gradschool@mcw.edu or (414) 955-8218.

Brightspace questions, contact lmshelp@mcw.edu. This is the content management system for courses. You will find your course content here.