The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) is built on a base of core courses that teach the foundations of public health concepts and processes. Each course has a conceptual, factual and skill base. Students are taught by acknowledged experts in the field. Students learn the disciplines by acquiring the knowledge and competencies to perform professional functions.
The M.P.H. program prepares students to be public health practitioners who draw on knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines. The foundation (core) coursework in biostatistics, epidemiology, management, policy, behavioral and social aspects of public health, environmental health and biology provides a scientific and practical base for public health practice. Elective courses may be taken in a variety of areas such as health education, finance, law and information technology.
The M.P.H. degree can be applied in a variety of settings and positions, including administration of private health organizations, social service or public health agencies at the local, state, national and international levels; managers, planners, evaluators or practitioners in community or workplace health promotion programs; and epidemiologists working on cancer surveillance or in the pharmaceutical industry. Current and future health professionals in medicine, nursing, dentistry or pharmacy find the M.P.H. degree provides them with a broader perspective and additional skills to complement their primary discipline.
The M.P.H. degree requires 66 quarter hours, which include 48 quarter credit hours of foundation (core) courses, 12 quarter credit hours of elective courses, and an internship/capstone experience of six quarter credit hours (240 contact hours).
The M.P.H. program is offered in a blended format combining the richness of dialogue-based education with the convenience and flexibility of online learning. The in-person sessions will meet on weekends.
Students can complete the program in two-and-one-half years.