Traditional MPH Degree

traditional mph program


The traditional MPH program is an on-campus 2-year, 48-credit program. MPH students declare a concentration area when they apply to the program. Upon enrollment, they 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 in Public Health (CEPH) accreditation criteria, and the College’s mission, goals and objectives.

Graduation Requirements

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)
  • Public Health Internship (5-8 credits)
  • Major paper and presentation (credit assigned through the Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues)
  • Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues (1 credit)

Traditional MPH 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, all students must take 1 credit of Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues and 5-8 credits of PHC6946, Public Health Internship.

Below are the 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. The concentration areas are Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Public Health Management and Policy, Public Health Practice, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. 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 below to review credit hours and course requirements.

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

PHC 6946 Public Health Internship (5 credits)

The concepts presented via coursework are integrated and assimilated through an internship, which provides an opportunity for each student to apply his or her knowledge in a practice setting. A wide range of settings and opportunities may be suitable for an internship. Each internship is individually tailored to assure competence in general MPH and concentration-specific skills and to meet student goals, concentration criteria, and the needs of the agencies involved. Current employment positions of health professionals cannot be accepted for internship credit. The internship is usually completed in the student’s final term in the program, and always includes a special project that serves as the basis for a final oral and written report. The internship and the special project must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor.

Special Project, Major Paper and Public Health Day Presentation

Students are encouraged to engage in many activities during an internship. However, each student must conduct one special project which serves as the basis for a major paper and a presentation. These culminating activities of the MPH program – major paper and presentation — are intended to encourage students to understand their projects in the larger context of public health as a cross-disciplinary field, and to examine how the project helped to strengthen their competence in general public health and concentration-specific skills. Student presentations are scheduled on one or two Public Health Days near the end of fall, spring and summer semesters.

PHC 6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues (1 credit)

Integration of public health topics, issues, and skills into a culminating experience for the MPH program. Required final paper and oral presentation or poster session. (Register concurrently with PHC 6946.)

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 Ten Essential Public Health Services and they are consistent with recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (

Click here to review the competencies expected of all of our MPH graduates and the courses that contribute to them.

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)Click here for up-to-date information about the exam.

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