Public Health Practice

public health practice

The online MPH offers a Public Health Practice concentration that is targeted to the health professional that has either already earned a doctorate health-related degree or for the professional working in the health-field for two or more years in a professional capacity. This degree offers a broad exposure to a variety of public health courses across all the traditional public health concentrations.  This degree will enhance the working knowledge of health professionals by giving them a valuable, applicable, public health perspective on health issues as they relate to the public versus the individual.  For these reasons this concentration is not appropriate for the new bachelor’s graduate or the working applicant from outside the professional health profession.

Eligibility: Who typically applies to this concentration?

  • Those with a medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, nursing degree, health-focused attorney, or other professional health degree (i.e. physical therapist, occupational therapist, psychologist, etc.)
  • Those who have worked for a health department, CDC, WHO, NIH (or other national or international public health agency) in a professional capacity for about two years, after receiving a bachelor’s degree, but have no MPH degree
  • Those who have worked in a hospital or laboratory in a professional capacity (i.e. hospital administrator),  for about two years after receiving a bachelor’s degree, who need to apply public health concepts to their work, but have no MPH degree


The curriculum for the online Public Health Practice concentration follows the same model as the other five concentrations. Students begin their programs with the MPH core courses required of all students. Instead of a specified set of concentration core courses, however, these students choose 2 to 3 courses from concentration core course options in 2-4 of the other concentrations. Selections include courses with problem-based methodologies to enhance students’ practice skill sets. Students complete their degrees with 16 hours (1credit) of seminar and a 5-8 credit internship.

There are four components to the online Public Health Practice concentration:

  1. One course in each of the five core areas (15 credits)
  2. Core courses in the Public Health Practice concentration (27 credits)
  3. Public Health Internship (5-8 credits)
  4. Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues (1 credit)

Online Public Health Practice Curriculum

Click below to view sample plan of study for the online Public Health Practice 48-credit curriculum.

Online Public Health Practice Competencies

Click here to review the competencies expected of graduates of the Online Public Health Practice concentration and the courses that contribute to them

Online Public Health Practice Concentration Courses

All students enrolled in the 48-credit online MPH in the Public Health Practice Concentration must take 9 concentration courses

  • Students must select at least 2 courses in 2 different areas of study.


All MPH students are required to complete an internship with a public health or related agency. While every internship involves different goals and activities, all of them provide numerous opportunities for students to enrich and expand on one or more of the MPH core competencies and one or more of their concentration-specific competencies. The internship is usually completed in the student’s final semester in the program, although it may be started in the penultimate semester with permission of the faculty advisor.

Special Project

Within each internship experience, students must complete a special project that demonstrates their ability to define an issue, apply methods appropriate to their concentration, and produce results. The special project serves as the basis for a final written report and either an oral or poster presentation. These final activities of the MPH program are intended to encourage students to understand their projects in the larger context of public health as a cross-disciplinary field and in relation to the competencies expected of all MPH graduates. Student presentations are scheduled on one or two Public Health Days near the end of fall, spring and summer semesters. DVM/MPH students typically present in the summer or fall of their senior year.

Note: DVM/MPH seniors are expected to present their MPH special projects at the CVM Phi Zeta Research Emphasis Day, typically held in March. The oral presentations given previously at Public Health Day may be presented, or students may prepare a poster. The MPH special project satisfies the research requirement for DVM/MPH students that hope to graduate with honors from the CVM; however, like other DVM students, DVM/MPH students must attain the necessary DVM GPA to qualify. The internship and the written and oral/poster presentations