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 strong 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.

MPH REQUIREMENTS for academic year 2013-2014

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

Academic Assistance

The University has numerous resources available to students, including the Core Course Tutoring Program and Writing Assistance Program at BUSPH, and the Educational Resource Center on the Charles River Campus. See Student Resources and SPH Community, the SPH Student Handbook, or your advisor for additional information on all resources available to students.