The MPH Degree is designed to meet the need of recent baccalaureate graduates planning careers in public health and related professions as well as current public health and clinical practitioners wanting to increase knowledge of population based issues.  Because of the breadth of the public health profession, an applicant with a bachelor’s degree in any major field will be considered for admission to the program. 

The MPH Program is a minimum of 42 credit hours:

  • 24 MPH Credit Hours (Required)
  • 18 - 21 Concentration Credit Hours (Required)
MPH Student Learning Outcomes

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

Required Core Courses

CPH 663*

Foundations of Public Health
Required for students who do not have a BPH or similar degree.

1

CPH 643

Measuring Health Behavior: Quantitative and Qualitative

3

CPH 605

Epidemiology

3

CPH 650

Public Health Systems Administration

3

CPH 603

Data Analysis

3

CPH 621

Understanding and Communicating Environmental Health Risks

3

CPH 672

Evidence-Based Public Health Planning and Practice

3

CPH 609

Public Health Practicum

3

CPH 608

Public Health Capstone

3

 

Core Total

24

Environmental Health Concentration

 

The Environmental Health Concentration is designed to enable students to:

  • Propose strategies in determining exposure and evaluating risk for selected occupational and environmental hazards.
  • Propose engineering, educational, policy and enforcement strategies that reduce occupational and environmental exposure that improve health outcomes in selected populations.
  • Critique various literature sources for communicating issues of hazards, practice-based strategies, and environmental justice and equality.
  • Develop appropriate methods to identify, characterize and address environmental health issues.
  • Critically assess the general mechanisms of toxicity in eliciting a toxic response to various occupational and environmental exposures.

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

Concentration Requirements

CPH 601

Occupational and Environmental Health I

3

CPH 620

Occupational and Environmental Health II

3

CPH 622

Toxic Agents and Their Implications in Public Health

3

Environmental Health Electives
Consult with your advisor to discuss elective options.

9

Concentration Total

18

Epidemiology Concentration

The Epidemiology Concentration is designed to enable students to:

  • Analyze the basic principles of disease transmission, prevention, and control by applying them to infectious diseases of public health importance.
  • Evaluate the factors that increase or decrease the risk of chronic diseases, and analyze the methods by which these factors can be modified.
  • Design an observational or experimental study to evaluate the association between an exposure and an outcome, and identify potential sources of confounding, bias, and effect measure modification.
  • Formulate and implement multivariable analytic approaches that adjust for confounders and effect measure modifiers, and generate appropriate conclusions.
  • Evaluate distributions of disease in terms of geography, population groups, and time, by creating maps, graphs, tables, or other forms of data visualization.

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

Concentration Requirements

CPH 712

Advanced Epidemiology

3

CPH 660

Disease Mapping & Data Visualization

3

CPH 615 or CPH 711

Cancer Epidemiology or Chronic Disease Epidemiology

3

CPH 612

Infectious Disease Epidemiology

3

Epidemiology Electives
Consult with your advisor to discuss elective options.

6

Concentration Total

18

Health Behavior Concentration

The Health Behavior Concentration is designed to enable students to:

  • Apply theory to understanding and measuring the multilevel, ecological context of health behavior, focusing on social determinants of behavior and causes of inequities in individual and population health outcomes.
  • Demonstrate ability to identify, plan, adapt, implement, and evaluate sustainable evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs
  • Demonstrate ability to disseminate and communicate health promotion program methods and outcomes to scientific, practitioner, and lay communities.
  • Critically examine and interpret evidence in support of health promotion programs and scientific literature to promote evidence-based public health research and practice.
  • Describe the complex role of social determinants of health in health outcomes and effectiveness of health interventions and explain strategies to address health disparities in community-based public health work.

 

 

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

Concentration Requirements

CPH 604

Foundations of Health Behavior I

2

CPH 674

Foundations of Health Behavior II

2

CPH 746

Research Methods for Health Behavior

3

CPH 648

Health Disparities

3

Health Behavior Electives
Consult with your advisor to discuss elective options.

9

Concentration Total

19

Health Systems & Policy Analytics Concentration

The Health Systems & Policy Analytics Concentration is designed to enable students to:

  • Analyze important sources of population level health data and recognize the advantages and disadvantages of each of them.
  • Apply approaches for measuring population health.
  • Analyze determinants of health and wellbeing using primary and secondary data sources.
  • Evaluate how multiple service delivery and financing systems interact in shaping health and wellbeing on a population level
  • Apply a policy analysis framework to examine health policies and the factors that influence policymakers
  • Apply analytic tools and methodologies for evaluating the implementation and impact of population health improvement strategies

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

Concentration Requirements

CPH 600

Health Services and Systems Organization

3

CPH 785

Health Policy

3

CPH 651

Population Health: Measurement, Management & Improvement

3

CPH 634

Analytic Methods for Healthcare Data

3

HSPA Electives
Consult with your advisor to discuss elective options.

6

Concentration Total

18