College of Health Sciences

Master's in Public Health

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The MPH curriculum will consist of 42 credits of coursework designed to allow full-time students to graduate in two years. The core includes 15 credits plus the six-credit MPH practicum in the second year. The GESH specialization requires five courses (15 credits total) plus two electives (six credits total).


Public Health Core 5 courses 15 credits
Specialization Courses 5 courses 15 credits
Electives 2 courses 6 credits
Practicum 2 courses 6 credits
Totals 14 courses 42 credits

Core Courses

All MPH students will take five core public health courses plus a two-semester, six-credit MPH practicum (21 credits total):

19.506 - Introduction to Environmental Health (3 credits)

19.575 - Introduction to Epidemiology (3 credits)

19.577 - Biostatistics for Health Data (3 credits)

19.600 - MPH Practicum/Capstone I (3 credits)

19.601 - MPH Practicum/Capstone II (3 credits)

PUBH.501 - Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health (3 credits)

PUBH.601 - Health Policy & Management (3 credits)

Specialization Courses

Global Environmental Sustainability & Health (GESH) Focus 

The required courses are as follows (15 credits total):

19.503 – Environmental Biology/Toxicology (3 credits)

19.651 – Environmental & Occupational Health Policy (3 credits)

19.659 - Cleaner Production & Toxics Use Reduction (3 credits)

PUBH.602 – Sustainability Assessment Tools (3 credits)

PUBH.603 – Global Development & Health (3 credits)


The elective courses are as follows (2 courses required, totaling 6 credits):

PUBH.604 - Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Health (3 credits)

19.520/31.417 - Climate Change (3 credits)

19.533 - Intervention Research (3 credits)

19.549 - Sustainable Housing Development & Land Use (3 credits)


There are currently 10 existing courses in the MPH proposed curriculum:

19.503 - Environmental Biology/Toxicology (3 credits)

19.506 - Introduction to Environmental Health (3 credits)

19.520/31.417 - Climate Change (3 credits)

19.533 - Intervention Research (3 credits)

19.549 - Sustainable Housing Development & Land Use (3 credits)

19.575 - Introduction to Epidemiology (3 credits)

19.577 - Biostatistics for Health Data (3 credits)

19.600 - MPH Practicum/Capstone (3 credits)

19.601 - MPH Practicum/Capstone (3 credits)

19.651 - Environmental & Occupational Health Policy (3 credits)


There are five new courses in the MPH curriculum that have been developed specifically for the MPH program:

PUBH.501 - Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health (3 credits)

PUBH.601 - Health Policy & Management (3 credits)

PUBH.602 - Sustainability Assessment Tools (3 credits)

PUBH.603 - Global Development & Health (3 credits)

PUBH.604 - Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Health (3 credits)


From Work Environment

19.659 - Cleaner Production (3 credits)


All MPH students will complete a practicum, co-op or capstone project. These practicum experiences prepare students for planning, delivery and evaluation of health programs in a selected area of concentration. The faculty will work closely with students to determine the appropriate setting for the practicum experience.