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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biostatistics environmental health epidemiology public health management and policy social and behavioral sciences

Biostatistics 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 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.

Epidemiology 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.

Management 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 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.

Course Syllabi Search


Search the Syllabus Database for the Current Core Course Syllabi

 Course Number Course Name MPH Program Year Semester File
HSA 6114Introduction to the U.S. Health Care SystemOnline Program2017Summer CHSA6114-Syllabus-Online-Summer2017.pdf
HSA 6114Introduction to the U.S. Health Care SystemCampus Program2017FallHSA6114-Syllabus-Campus-Fall2017.pdf
HSA 6114Introduction to the U.S. Health Care SystemOnline Program2018Summer CHSA6114-Syllabus-Online-Summer2018.pdf
PHC 6001Principles of Epidemiology in Public HealthCampus Program2017FallPHC6001-Syllabus-Campus-Fall2017.pdf
PHC 6001Principles of Epidemiology in Public HealthOnline Program2017Summer CPHC6001-Syllabus-Online-Summer2017.pdf
PHC 6001Principles of Epidemiology in Public HealthOnline Program2018Summer CPHC6001-Syllabus-Online-Summer2018.pdf
PHC 6050Statistical Methods for Health Science ICampus Program2017FallPHC6050-Syllabus-Campus-Fall2017.pdf
PHC 6050Statistical Methods for Health Science IOnline Program2016SpringPHC6050-Syllabus-Online-Spring2016.pdf
PHC 6052Introduction to Biostatistical MethodsCampus Program2017FallPHC6052-Syllabus-Campus-Fall2017.pdf
PHC 6052Introduction to Biostatistical MethodsOnline Program2017FallPHC6052-Syllabus-Online-Fall2017.pdf
 Course Number Course Name MPH Program Year Semester File