College of Health Sciences

Public Health Graduate Program

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Program Description

The Master of Public Health program is a 42-credit post- BS program with two specialization options – Epidemiology, and Global Environmental Sustainability & Health (GESH). The program accepts both full and part-time students and provides students with knowledge essential to the practice of public health on a global scale. Students develop a strong foundation in public health by studying environmental health issues, biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy and management, and social and behavioral determinants of health, as well as study in specialization areas so that graduates gain the expertise necessary to address some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Graduates of the MPH program will:

  • Analyze public health literature and apply evidence-based practices to public health issues.
  • Identify, quantify and then promote reduction of the harmful impacts of current and emerging technologies on health.
  • Address current public health challenges through multidisciplinary approaches that apply the latest scientific knowledge, collaboration, and creative problem-solving skills.

Admission Requirements

  • BA or BS degree, or senior-year status, with an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Grades of C or better in required, prerequisite college-level courses. These include a minimum one semester of statistics and one semester of either biology or anatomy and physiology. Applicants who are missing prerequisites may be admitted with the provision that they meet with their advisor before or during their first semester and develop a plan of study to complete the prerequisites during the first year.
  • GRE score. The GRE requirement may be waived with a prior graduate degree.
  • For international applicants, TOEFL scores of at least 79 (Internet-based) are required.

All other materials required for a completed graduate application package as defined by the Graduate Admissions Office.


The MPH program is a 42-credit, post-BS program with options in Global Environmental Sustainability and Health, and Epidemiology. All MPH students will take five core public health courses plus a two-semester, six-credit MPH practicum (21 credits total). The core courses in the MPH program include five three-credit courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health policy & management, and social and behavioral determinants of health. In addition, students must complete five courses specific to their option (15 credits) and two electives that will be chosen in consultation with the student’s academic advisor (6 credits). The required MPH practica experience will be completed under faculty supervision.

The program has been developed to meet the requirements of the accrediting body, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

MPH, Option in Epidemiology

Major Required (Core) Courses (Total courses required = 7)

  • PUBH.501 Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health 3 credits
  • PUBH.601 Health Policy & Management 3 credits
  • PUBH.506 Introduction to Environmental Health 3 credits
  • PUBH.575 Introduction to Epidemiology 3 credits
  • PUBH.577 Biostatistics for Health Data 3 credits
  • PUBH.600 MPH Practicum/Capstone I 3 credits
  • PUBH.601 MPH Practicum/Capstone II 3 credits

SubTotal - Core Credits Required 21

Concentration Course Choices (Total courses required = 5)

  • PUBH.503 Environmental Biology/Toxicology 3 credits
  • PUBH.616 Exposure and Risk Assessment 3 credits
  • PUBH.682 Applied Epidemiology Methods 3 credits
  • PUBH.687 Quantitative Models for Environmental Health 3 credits
  • PUBH.689 Advanced Regression Modeling 3 credits

SubTotal - Option Credits Required 15

Other/Elective Course Choices (Total courses required = 2)

  • PUBH.610 Advanced Statistical Methods 3 credits
  • PUBH.613 Environmental Epidemiology 3 credits
  • PUBH.614 Occupational Epidemiology 3 credits
  • PUBH.533 Intervention Research 3 credits
  • PUBH.684 Musculoskeletal Epidemiology 3 credits
  • PUBH.685 Work Injury Epidemiology 3 credits

SubTotal - Elective Credits Required 6
42 Credits Total