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. However, an educational background that includes a conceptual knowledge of anatomy and physiology will offer the student more flexibility in the selection of an area of concentration.

The MPH Program is a minimum of 42 credit hours:

  • 21 MPH Credit Hours (Required)
  • 21 Concentration Credit Hours (Required)

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

Required Core Courses

CPH 580 OR CPH 603

Biostatistics I OR Biostatistics Concepts and Applications

3

CPH 601

Occupational/Environmental Health I

3

CPH 604

Public Health and Disease Prevention

3

CPH 605

Epidemiology

3

CPH 650

Management of Public Health Organizations

3

Practicum Course

CPH 608

Public Health Capstone

3

Capstone Course

CPH 609

Public Health Practicum

3

21

Area of Concentration Elective Courses

See Concentration Requirements Below

21

Total Required Hours

42

Area of Concentration

Environmental Health

Concentration Specific Competencies

  • Prepare small scale studies that evaluate interventions that reduce occupational and environmental risks to targeted populations.
  • Critique scientific literature in occupational and environmental health to determine its relevance to advancing practice-based strategies that reduce threats from environmental and occupational hazards.
  • Propose engineering, educational, policy and enforcement strategies that reduce occupational and environmental health risks in populations.
  • Summarize the role of policy, regulation and enforcement to prevent, modify and remove environmental and occupational hazards and risks.
  • Construct working groups and teams from different backgrounds to improve the public’s health when threatened by environmental and occupational health hazards.

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

Concentration Requirements

CPH 620

Occupational and Environmental Health II

3

CPH 622

Toxic Agents and Their Implications in Public Health

3

Research Methods

CPH 617 OR CPH 647

Environmental/Occupational Epidemiology OR Research Methods for Public Health

3

Electives

Please see your advisor for a complete list of electives.

12

Concentration Total

21

Area of Concentration

Epidemiology

Concentration Specific Competencies

  • Assess public health problems in terms of magnitude, person, time and place.
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.
  • Identify basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data.
  • Identify the principles and limitations of public health screening programs.

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

Concentration Requirements

CPH 630

Biostatistics II

3

CPH 712

Advanced Epidemiology

3

Research Methods - Choose One

CPH 535

Databases and SAS Programming

3

CPH 631

Design and Analysis of Health Surveys

3

CPH 660

GIS Systems and Public Health

3

CPH 664

Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials

3

CPH 655

Introduction to Statistical Analysis

3

Electives

Please see your advisor for a complete list of electives.

12

Concentration Total

21

Area of Concentration

Health Behavior

Concentration Specific Competencies

  • 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.
  • Determine the needs and assets of communities and understand how to successfully and ethically build and sustain partnerships and collaborations.
  • Understand how to identify, plan, adapt, implement, and evaluate sustainable evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs, and how to successfully disseminate and communicate program methods and outcomes to scientific, practitioner, and lay communities.
  • Critically examine and interpret existing health promotion programs and scientific literature to promote evidence-based public health research and practice.

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

Concentration Requirements

CPH 643

Measuring Health Behavior

3

CPH 648

Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities

3

CPH 672

Evidence-Based Public Health Planning & Practice

3

CPH 763

Ethics for the Public Health

3

Electives

Please see your advisor for a complete list of electives.

6

Concentration Total

21

Area of Concentration

Population Health Policy & Management

Concentration Specific Competencies

  • Organize and lead population health improvement activities within defined lines of responsibility, authority, communication, and governance.
  • Develop productive inter-organizational relationships with key stakeholders in the public and private sectors that influence population health.
  • Develop and implement organizational strategic planning and community health improvement processes that take into consideration population health needs, public preferences, political dynamics, and the availability of resources.
  • Select appropriate principles of budgeting and financial management to apply to the operation of public health organizations and activities
  • Use principles of evidence-based public health to design and implement policies, programs, and strategies to improve population health
  • Evaluate the health and economic impact of public health strategies in relation to established goals and objectives

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

Concentration Requirements

CPH 600

Health Services and Systems Organization

3

CPH 647

Research Methods for Public Health

3

CPH 658

Health Economics

3

CPH 652 OR CPH 655

Health Finance OR Management Accounting for Healthcare Organizations

3

CPH 653 OR CPH 785

Public Health Law & Policy OR Health Policy

3

Electives

Please see your advisor for a complete list of electives.

6

Concentration Total

21