The on-campus MPH program is a two-year, 48-credit program. MPH students declare a concentration area when they apply to the program. Upon enrollment, students track through the approved concentration area of their choice. Each concentration has a coordinator who is responsible for overseeing curriculum development and applying program policies in his/her concentration. Each student is assigned a faculty member who serves as their primary faculty advisor to provide individual guidance and advice.
The first four semesters usually involve traditional coursework, while the last semester is devoted to a practice-based internship, which includes a special project. The 48-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.
Requirements for graduation from the traditional MPH program are:
- One course in each of the five core areas (15 credits)
- Core courses in an area of concentration (12-18 credits)
- Elective courses relevant to the chosen concentration and individual career goals (up to 15 credits)
- Applied Practice Experience (3-6 credits)
- Integrated Learning Experience/Capstone (3 credits)
MPH Core Courses
All MPH students take five core public health courses in 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 one credit of Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues and five to eight credits of PHC 6946 Public Health Internship. Students must take three credits of PHC 6940 Capstone and three to 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 students are admitted into one of six concentration areas, from which the number and type of advanced specialty course credits are determined. Each concentration has unique requirements that have been designed to prepare students to become public health professionals in their chosen area of interest.
Please select a concentration to review credit hours and course requirements:
- Environmental Health
- Population Health Management
- Public Health Practice
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
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.
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 about the exam.
PHC 6941 Applied Practice Experience (3-6 credits)
Students in the 48-credit program must log 250 total hours of Applied Practice Experience, while students in the 42-credit program must log 150 total hours of Applied Practice Experience.
Options for gaining Applied Practice Experience include:
- Experiences gained through a public health service learning course or public health study abroad course
- Public health service and volunteer activities organized by a student association
- Participation on a Putting Families First team
- Participation in the Clarion Competition
- Participation in the Global Health Case Competition
- Attending a city or county agency meeting when a public health issue is on the agenda
- Serving as a board member for a public health agency
Required Additional APE hours include:
- Participation in Interprofessional Learning in Healthcare
- Participation in Afternoon of Learning
- Participation in Common Reader book discussion
The Applied Practice Experience course should be taken in the final semester of the MPH program. Students must create at least two portfolio products that demonstrate achievement of at least five public health competencies.
PHC 6940 Capstone (3 credits)
The MPH program will request proposals from community public health agencies who are interested in working with an individual student or student group to complete a project. In the semester prior to the course, students will be assigned to project groups based on the needs of the organizations and the individual MPH competencies that need to be met by the students. In addition to working on their capstone projects, students will engage in career and professional development activities through readings, lectures, and guest speakers.
Students are registered for Capstone in the final semester of their program when available, or the semester prior. Students will participate in a Public Health Day presentation in their final semester. Students must create at least one portfolio product that demonstrates achievement of at least five public health competencies.