Division of
Public Health

College of Human Medicine

New Master of Public Health Program Requirements

Beginning spring semester of 2019, the following curriculum will be implemented for all incoming students.  Students admitted prior to spring semester of 2019 will not be subject to these requirements.  To view the prior MPH degree requirements, please visit our Legacy Curriculum Requirements page.

 

Over the 2017-2018 academic year, the Master of Public Health (MPH) program has worked to update our curriculum in order to better prepare our future public health practitioners.  This effort was in part preparation to submit our application for the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation and in part response to feedback from our stakeholders.  The priority of the Master of Public Health program is to advance public health practice across the globe, and with these improvements, we are now more capable than ever to meet this goal.  Beginning spring semester of 2019, the updated curriculum will be required of all new Master of Public Health students. 

There are three new aspects to the curricular updates:

  1. We have updated the requirements for graduation from 42 to 43 credits, including the additional requirements of taking a health equity framework course, a public health leadership course, as well as your choice of one of the three practical public health methods courses.
  2. We have categorized our required courses into foundational, core, electives, and culminating experience.
  3. We have limited the number of electives offered each semester in order to allow for increased diversity of topics covered over the course of the program. Currently, electives will run on an odd/even semester schedule and will fit into the categories of policy/administration, global/cultural health, nutrition, infectious disease, and epidemiology/biostatistics/surveillance.

The foundational courses provide students with the information that encompasses the root values of our program: leadership, health equity, and practical application.  This category of courses includes something new: the student’s choice of one of our three selectives.  These courses cover the breadth of practical methodology utilized by public health practitioners, including systematic review, program evaluation, and study design.  It is our intent that these selectives will provide our graduates with practical tools that can be immediately applied to their chosen field of public health.

The core courses provide students with knowledge in all core areas of public health.  There are now course chairs for each of these core courses, and these faculty members are responsible for ensuring their core course is relevant and innovative.  Additionally, these faculty members will be the point of contact for any student wishing to know more about these areas of public health.

 

New Master of Public Health (MPH) Program Requirements

Please click on the course number to view a course description. 

MPH Foundational Courses (10 credits)

MPH students are required to take the three courses noted below.

Course Number

Course Name

 

Semester Offered

Credits

HM 801

Introduction to Public Health

 

Every Year: Fall, Spring, Summer

3

HM 854

Health Equity Framework for Public Health Practice

 

Every Year: Spring, Summer

3

HM 827

Principles of Public Health Leadership

 

Every Year: Fall, Spring

1

And then they must choose one of the three selectives below.  Additional selective courses may be taken as electives if a student wishes to do so.

Course Number

Course Name

 

Semester Offered

Credits

HM 807

Practical Application & Critical Thinking Synthesis in Public Health

 

Every Year: Spring, Summer

3

HM 853

Public Health Program & Intervention Evaluation

 

Every Year: Fall, Summer

3

HM 880

Study Design and Research Methods for Public Health Practice

 

Every Year: Fall, Summer

3

 

Core Courses (15 credits)

All core courses are required for the completion of the MPH degree.

Course Number

Course Name

 

Semester Offered

Credits

HM 802

Biostatistics for Public Health

 

Every Year: Fall, Spring, Summer

3

HM 803

Epidemiology for Public Health

 

Every Year: Fall, Spring, Summer

3

HM 804

Public Health Administration & Policy

 

Every Year: Fall, Spring, Summer

3

HM 805

Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health

 

Every Year: Fall, Spring, Summer

3

HM 806

Environmental Factors of Health

 

Every Year: Fall, Spring, Summer

3

 

Four of the Following Elective Courses (12 credits)

The elective credits are grouped by specific public health interests.  Students are free to choose the elective credits that best suit their public health goals/interests; they are not restricted to selecting electives in a particular interest group.

 

Public Health Policy/Administration

Course Number

Course Name

 

Semester Offered

Credits

HM 833

Introduction to Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting and Public Health

 

Odd Years: Spring

3

HM 836

Comparative Global Healthcare Systems

 

Even Years: Summer

3

HM 840

Public Health Finance

 

Even Years: Spring

3

HM 841 Public Health Policy   Odd Years: Summer 3

 

Global and Cultural Public Health  

Course Number

Course Name

 

Semester Offered

Credits

HM 832

Global Public Health

 

Odd Years: Spring

3

HM 837

Poverty and Public Health

 

Even Years: Fall

3

HM 838

Cultural Aspects of Public Health Practice

 

Odd Years: Fall

3

HM 839

Water and Public Health: A Global Perspective

 

Odd Years: Summer

3

HM 873

Maternal and Child Health: A Global Public Health Perspective

 

Even Years: Spring

3

 

Public Health Epidemiology/Biostatistics/Surveillance  

Course Number

Course Name

 

Semester Offered

Credits

HM 808

Public Health Surveillance

 

Even Years: Summer

3

HM 842

Introduction to Public Health Informatics

 

Even Years: Fall

3

HM 845

Informatics and Information Technology

 

Odd Years: Spring

3

HM 878

Applied Biostatistics for Public Health Practitioners

 

Odd Years: Fall

3

HM 889

Applied Epidemiologic Methods for Public Health Practitioners

 

Even Years: Spring

3

 

Infections Disease and Public Health  

Course Number

Course Name

 

Semester Offered

Credits

HM 831

Communicable Disease in Public Health

 

Even Years: Fall

3

HM 852

Outbreak Investigations in Public Health

 

Odd Years: Spring

3

HM 863

Parasitic Diseases and Public Health in Developing Countries

 

Even Years: Spring

3

HM 864

Intersections of Human and Animal Health

 

Odd Years: Summer

3

HM 871

Vaccine and Preventable Diseases of Public Health Importance

 

Odd Years: Fall

3

HM 881 Pathogenesis of Parasitic Infections Important to Public Health   Even Years: Summer 3

 

Public Health Nutrition  

Course Number

Course Name

 

Semester Offered

Credits

HM 861

Introduction to Public Health Nutrition

 

Odd Years: Spring

3

HM 865

Vitamins and Minerals: Risks to Public Health

 

Even Years: Spring

3

HM 876

Nutrition and Chronic Diseases: Living Longer and Healthier

 

Odd Years: Summer

3

HM 877

Public Health Nutrition and the Life Stages

 

Odd Years: Fall

3

HM 882

Public Health Nutrition: Assessment and Development of Population-Based Interventions

 

Even Years: Fall

3

 

Culminating Experience (6 credits)

All Culminating experience courses are required for the completion of the MPH degree.

Course Number

Course Name

 

Semester Offered

Credits

HM 892

Public Health Practicum

 

Every Year: Fall, Spring, Summer

3

HM 893

Public Health Capstone

 

Every Year: Fall, Spring, Summer

3