The curriculum leading to the Master of Public Health degree requires a minimum of 45 graduate credit hours. The MPH program is currently only offered in face-to-face format. The plan of study includes 15 credit hours of core courses, an applied learning experience (internship; 3 credit hours), a concentration (15 credit hours) and its associated integrative learning experience (capstone; 3 credit hours), and elective courses (9 credit hours). While the program can be completed within two academic years (4 semesters plus summer), 5 semesters is the expected time to completion for full-time students. Part-time students are expected to complete the program within 7 years, though many take less time. Descriptions of individual courses and when they are offered can be viewed in the Graduate Catalog.
Community Health Practice (CHPR; 18 credit hours)
- The Community Health Practice concentration is designed to train students to conduct the 3 core functions of public health: assessment, policy development, and evaluation. These activities include measuring health behavior, designing appropriate educational or policy interventions, and implementing and evaluating health promotion, risk prevention and risk reduction services. Students completing the Community Health Practice concentration will be eligible to sit for and pass the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.
- Eligibility - Open to all MPH students
Epidemiology (EPID; 18 credit hours)
- The MPH concentration in Epidemiology provides students a broad understanding of epidemiological principles and its application to public health practice. Through coursework, integrated learning experience, and internship, students will develop quantitative and methodological skills necessary to design, conduct, analyze, and disseminate epidemiological studies.
- Eligibility – We recommend that students interested in the Epidemiology concentration complete HLTH 6211 in their first semester of matriculation with a grade of B or better and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 at the end of the first semester.
Population Health Analytics (PHAN; 18 credit hours)
- The Population Health Analytics concentration provides students a thorough grounding in data science, system architecture, and analytics that prepares them to advance population and community health through the practice of health informatics. Emphasis is placed on understanding existing health systems data and the use of analytic techniques applied to large data sets such as visualization and geographic mapping.
- Eligibility - By the end of the first semester, students must complete -or be excused from based upon prior training and/or experience- non-credit asynchronous training modules in computer vocabularies, programming systems, health vocabularies, and classification systems.
- Students in the dual HIA/MPH are prohibited from selecting PHAN as their MPH concentration.
Physical Activity and Nutrition (PANU; 18 credit hours)
- The Physical Activity and Nutrition concentration is designed to train students to develop, deliver and assess population-based, health promotion interventions related to improving physical activity and nutrition. These activities include selecting appropriate behavior assessment tools, designing appropriate educational interventions, and assessing behavioral levels to determine risk.
- Eligibility – Open to all MPH students.
The 3 credit internship is an intensive, supervised experience required for all students. Students work as a professional in a community health setting for a minimum of 160 hours. The goal is to demonstrate the ability to apply research and theory in a practice-based setting, and to assume leadership roles. Internship experiences are designed and approved in concert with the Program Director and the student's agency preceptor. Students register for HLTH 6471 (3 hours) during the internship period. Note: A criminal background check and drug screen are among the Internship Requirements, this may cost anywhere from $60-$150 depending on the amount and type of screenings required. Students who fail these screening measures and who are unable to be placed in an internship face dismissal from the program.
Each student is required to complete a capstone course specific to their concentration. In all cases, work done in the capstone course must be of the student's own design, demonstrate skills and knowledge gained through previous course work, and originate under the supervision of a Public Health Sciences faculty member.
The capstone course provided me with the experience I had not yet gained from my previous coursework in the MPH program. The capstone course allowed several professional development opportunities, such as developing research posters, program budgeting, and grant proposal development. This course also allowed me to gain practice in the art of job application and interviewing. Overall, because of the capstone course I feel that I will be leaving this MPH program with no questions left to ask about my transition into the professional world.
- Michaela Smith-Hendricks, MPH 2017