MPH Degree Requirements

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a 48-credit degree that trains students from diverse backgrounds to practice public health. The MPH program is carefully designed to provide a broad, but rigorous foundation in the core disciplines of public health and in-depth training in the student’s chosen area of concentration with a strong emphasis on mastery of both concepts and skills that enable our graduates to be highly effective practitioners. The core curriculum provides a solid foundation of knowledge, concepts and skills that are further refined in concentration courses in an area of study chosen by the student; these provide depth, mastery, and solid practical skills. The broad expertise of the faculty and the freedom to choose electives from over 230 high quality courses spanning the range of public health provide flexibility and enable students to customize their program of study to suit their individual career goals. Concepts, skills, and expertise are integrated and further refined through the culminating experience and a field-based practicum which the student designs or chooses from a wide array of domestic and international public health agencies.

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This integrated approach enables our students to master both discipline-specific and cross-cutting competencies in accordance with the ASPH Core Competencies and MPH competencies.

Upon completion of the program students will have the ability to:

  • Identify the determinants of health and disease;
  • Analyze relevant data to estimate the burden and patterns of disease in communities in order to prioritize health needs;
  • Use systematic approaches to develop, implement, and evaluate public health programs and services;
  • Demonstrate effective communication strategies to educate, disseminate, and advocate for health services and preventive interventions for all members of our communities, especially the disadvantaged, underserved, and vulnerable;
  • Demonstrate the ability to synthesize and utilize data to solve public health problems;
  • Articulate principles of good leadership and demonstrate the ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team;
  • Articulate decisions that are ethical and respect the diverse values, beliefs, and cultures in communities; and
  • Demonstrate professional knowledge and skills for effective practice in a selected field of study.

MPH REQUIREMENTS for academic year 2014-2015

The School of Public Health requires all students pursuing a Masters in Public Health to:

  • Complete at least 48 approved graduate-level credit units (does not include physical education [PDP] classes, undergraduate, or unapproved graduate level classes taken outside of SPH)
  • Complete at least 40 credit units within the School of Public Health
  • Complete six (6) core courses with a grade of B- or better in each core course
  • Fulfill concentration requirements
  • Complete a public health practicum, including participation in two (2) professional development workshops/seminars
  • Complete a culminating experience according to concentration guidelines
  • Earn a School of Public Health grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Complete the MPH degree within five years