Accelerated MPH Degree


The 42-credit accelerated program is designed for working professionals, and it may be completed on either a full- or part-time basis. All professional students must complete 15 credits of core public health course work, 12-18 credits in a concentration area, one credit of seminar in contemporary public health issues, and 5 credits of an internship. Candidates for this program must possess a terminal degree in a health science field. The 42-credit curriculum has been designed to encourage the development of competence in key public health skills and to meet current standards in the field of public health, Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation criteria, and the college’s mission, goals and objectives.

Eligible Candidates

The accelerated program is limited to health professionals who possess the terminal degree in their fields. This degree is typically at the doctoral level, but for some health disciplines, it may be at the master’s level.

Graduation Requirements

Requirements for graduation from the accelerated MPH program are:

  • One course in each of the five core areas (15 credits)
  • Courses in the chosen concentrations (18-21 credits)
  • Applied Practice Experience (3-6 credits)
  • Integrative Learning Experience/Capstone (3 credits)

MPH Core Coursework

All MPH students take five core public health courses that each come from Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Public Health Management and Policy, Biostatistics and Social and Behavioral Sciences concentrations. 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. All other MPH students must take PHC 6050 Statistical Methods for Health Science I.

In addition, students must take three credits of PHC 6940 Capstone and three-six credits of PHC 6941 Applied Practice Experience.

Required core public health courses that all MPH students must take:

  • PHC 6050—Statistical Methods for Health Science I (3) OR PHC 6052—Introduction to Biostatistical Methods (3)
  • PHC 6001—Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health (3)
  • HSA 6114—Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System (3)
  • PHC 6313—Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health (3 or 2)
  • PHC 6410—Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public Health (3)


MPH Competencies

All students in the MPH program are expected to master a set of competencies during the course of their studies. The competencies that have been selected by the faculty of the College of Public Health and Health Professions are derived from the 10 Essential Public Health Services and they are consistent with recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Updated competencies will be available when the Fall 2019 semester begins. NEED TO ADD

Our core course learning objectives were adapted, with minor changes, from the competencies that serve as the basis of the public health credentialing examination. In August 2008, The National Board of Public Health Examiners offered the first credentialing exam for graduates of accredited schools of public health. Those who pass the exam will be Certified in Public Health (CPH).  Get up-to-date information on the exam.

Internship/Applied Practice Experience

The information regarding this will vary based on whether the student is admitted to the campus or online program. Please refer to the respective pages for accurate information:


The information regarding this will vary based on whether the student is admitted to the campus or online program. Please refer to the respective pages for accurate information: