Core Courses

The school-wide core curriculum for the MPH program provides a strong foundation of both knowledge and skills across the broad spectrum of public health endeavors. The integrated, problem-based core experience enables all students to achieve mastery of both discipline-specific and cross-cutting competencies. Courses are designed and continue to be revised as the field of public health changes and in accordance with the ASPH Core Competencies and MPH competencies.

The MPH core curriculum is organized around the five core disciplines of public health: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Health Policy and Management, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Additionally, public health practitioners need an understanding of the laws, ethics, and human rights implications of public health practices. As such, all MPH students who are US citizens and permanent residents must take a sixth core course in Health Law, Bioethics, & Human Rights. Knowledge and skills in these disciplines equip graduates to analyze and consider solutions to public health problems at the community, institutional, and societal levels.

Students have options when selecting their core courses, as detailed on the core course selection page.