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-Baccalaureate program with four specialization options – Epidemiology, Healthcare Management, Nutrition and Population Health. 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 biostatistics, environmental health issues, 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

  • An application completed online at
  • Transcripts from a completed BA or BS degree in any field, 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.
  • Three Letters of recommendation from individuals able to judge an applicant's readiness for graduate study.
  • A statement of purpose, typically a 1-2 page document providing information about the applicant's future plans, a description of how the MPH degree fits into these plans and evidence of an applicant's readiness for graduate study.
  • GRE score. The GRE requirement may be waived with a prior graduate degree or with successful completion of the 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Public Health Studies with a GPA of at least 3.5.
For International Applicants
  • TOEFL scores of at least 79 (Internet-based) are required.
  • Transcripts from colleges outside the United States must be certified by a credentialing agency such as WES ( or CED ( To receive prerequisite credit fo undergraduate courses in statistics, biology or anatomy and physiology, the document must be a course-by-course certification, not simply a general summary evaluation of a degree program.
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).

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

  • PUBH.5010 Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health 3 credits
  • PUBH.6010 Health Policy & Management 3 credits
  • PUBH.5060 Introduction to Environmental Health 3 credits
  • PUBH.5750 Introduction to Epidemiology 3 credits
  • PUBH.5770 Biostatistics for Health Data 3 credits
  • PUBH.6000 MPH Practicum/Capstone I 3 credits
  • PUBH.6010 MPH Practicum/Capstone II 3 credits

SubTotal - Core Credits Required 21

Concentration Course Choices (Total courses required = 5)

  • PUBH.5030 Environmental Biology/Toxicology 3 credits
  • PUBH.6160 Exposure and Risk Assessment 3 credits
  • PUBH.6820 Applied Epidemiology Methods 3 credits
  • PUBH.6870 Quantitative Models for Environmental Health 3 credits
  • PUBH.6890 Advanced Regression Modeling 3 credits

SubTotal - Option Credits Required 15 

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

  • PUBH.6100 Advanced Statistical Methods 3 credits
  • PUBH.6130 Environmental Epidemiology 3 credits
  • PUBH.6140 Occupational Epidemiology 3 credits
  • PUBH.5330 Intervention Research 3 credits
  • PUBH.6840 Musculoskeletal Epidemiology 3 credits
  • PUBH.6850 Work Injury Epidemiology 3 credits

Subtotal - Elective Credits Required 6 
42 Credits Total

*Part-time plans of study can be arranged in consultation with an academic adviser. Full-time plans of study that begin in the Spring Semester will include the same courses taken in a slightly different order.