College of Health Sciences

Public Health Graduate Program

Master of Public Health (MPH)



The Master of Public Health program is a 42-credit post- BS program with two specialization options – Epidemiology, and Global Environmental Sustainability & Health (GESH).  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 environmental health issues, biostatistics, 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. 
  • BA or BS degree, 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. 
  • GRE score. The GRE requirement may be waived with a prior graduate degree.
  • For international applicants, TOEFL scores of at least 79 (Internet-based) are required.
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.501 Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health 3 credits
PUBH.601 Health Policy & Management 3 credits
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
SubTotal  -  Core Credits Required 21

Concentration Course Choices (Total courses required = 5) 
19.503 Environmental Biology/Toxicology 3 credits
19.616 Exposure and Risk Assessment 3 credits
19.682 Applied Epidemiology Methods 3 credits
19.687 Quantitative Models for Environmental Health 3 credits
19.689 Advanced Regression Modeling 3 credits
SubTotal -  Option Credits Required 15

Other/Elective Course Choices (Total courses required = 2) 
PUBH.610 Advanced Statistical Methods 3 credits
PUBH.613 Environmental Epidemiology 3 credits
PUBH.614 Occupational Epidemiology 3 credits
19.533 Intervention Research 3 credits
19.684 Musculoskeletal Epidemiology 3 credits
19.685 Work Injury Epidemiology 3 credits
SubTotal - Elective Credits Required 6

42 Credits Total


Major Required (Core) Courses (Total courses required = 7)
PUBH.501 Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health 3 credits
PUBH.601 Health Policy & Management 3 credits
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 3 credits
19.601 MPH Practicum/Capstone 3 credits
SubTotal  Core Credits Required - 21

Concentration Course Choices (Total courses required = 5) 
PUBH.602 Sustainability Assessment Tools 3 credits
PUBH.603 Global Development & Health 3 credits
19.503 Environmental Biology/Toxicology 3 credits
19.651 Environmental & Occupational Health Policy 3 credits
19.659 Cleaner Production & Toxics Use Reduction 3 credits
SubTotal Option Credits Required  - 15

Other/Elective Course Choices (Total courses required = 2) 
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
SubTotal  Elective Credits Required - 12

42 Credits Total