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Public Health Core Courses


The core courses required for ALL Master of Public Health students are listed below.  You will also find links to the syllabi for the five core courses.

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Anchor to Biostatistics Anchor to Environmental and Global Health Anchor to Epidemiology Anchor to Public Health Management and Policy Anchor to Social and Behavioral Sciences

BiostatisticsBiostatistics Core Public Health Course


The core Biostatistics course varies across concentration areas.

  • Students in the Biostatistics, Environmental Health, and Epidemiology concentrations must take PHC 6052, Introduction to Biostatistical Methods.
    • PHC 6052–Introduction to Biostatistical Methods (3)

      Introduction to the concepts and methods of biostatistical data analysis. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, standard probability distributions, sampling distributions, point and confidence interval estimation, hypothesis testing, power and sample size estimation, one- and two-sample parametric and non-parametric methods for analyzing continuous or discrete data, and simple linear regression. SAS statistical software for data management, statistical analysis and power calculations.

  • All other MPH students must take PHC 6050 Statistical Methods for Health Science I.
    • PHC 6050—Statistical Methods for Health Science I (3)

      Appropriate use of data summarization and presentation of basic statistical methods, including ANOVA, nonparametric methods, inference on discrete data, inference on survival data, and regression methods for continuous, binary, and survival data.

Environmental HealthEnvironmental Health Core Public Health Course


  • PHC 6313—Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health (3)

    Survey of major topics of environmental health. Sources, routes, media, and health outcomes associated with biological, chemical, and physical agents in environment. Effects of agents on disease, water quality, air quality, food safety, and land resources. Current legal framework, policies, and practices associated with environmental health and intended to improve public health.

EpidemiologyEpidemiology Core Public Health Course


  • PHC 6001—Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health (3)

    Overview of epidemiology methods used in research studies that address disease patterns in community and clinic-based populations. Includes distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specific populations and application to control of health problems.

Public Health Management and PolicyManagement and Policy Core Public Health Course


  • HSA 6114—Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System (3)

    This course is designed to familiarize students with basic concepts and ideas concerning the distribution of health and illness, the organization of the health care system and the relationship of one to the other. Definitions of health and illness, as well as the historical context for developments of our health care system are discussed and debated. The course concludes with a discusssion on trends that could impact the health care system in the future. Students should come to class ready to discuss and debate the major themes related to health and distribution of disease, the ability of the U.S. health care system to meet the needs of the population, as well as the policy environment that influences access to health care services.

Social and Behavioral SciencesSocial and Behavioral Sciences Core Public Health Course


  • PHC 6410 —Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public Health (3)

Health behavior from an ecological perspective; includes primary, secondary and tertiary prevention across a variety of settings; incorporates behavioral science theory and methods.