Curriculum

A total of 42 credits are required to earn your Master of Public Health. Course descriptions are below. To understand the sequencing of the curriculum please refer to the MPH Curriculum Sequencing chart.

Required Courses:

  • MPH 6010 - Public Health Concepts - Credits: 3 hours
  • MPH 6030 - Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health - Credits: 3 hours
  • MPH 6050 - Global and Cultural Issues - Credits: 3 hours
  • MPH 6070 - Environmental Health Science - Credits: 3 hours
  • MPH 6110 - Descriptive Epidemiology and Biostatistics - Credits: 3 hours
  • MPH 6120 - Analytic Epidemiology and Biostatistics - Credits: 3 hours
  • MPH 6210 - Public Health Planning and Evaluation - Credits: 3 hours
  • MPH 6220 - Health Education and Promotion Strategies - Credits: 3 hours
  • MPH 6230 - Public Health Communication Strategies - Credits: 3 hours
  • MPH 6310 - Public Health Policy - Credits: 3 hours
  • MPH 6320 - Public Health Systems Administration - Credits: 3 hours
  • MPH 6330 - Grant and Proposal Writing - Credits: 3 hours
  • MPH 6410 - Research Methods in Public Health - Credits: 3 hours
  • MPH 6420 - Integrated Learning Project Proposal - Credits: 1 hour
  • MPH 6430 - Integrated Learning Project Capstone - Credits: 2 hours

Course Descriptions

MPH 6010 - Public Health Concepts
This course serves as an introduction and overview of public health as a discipline of study and professional objectives. The core of public health is introduced along with how data and information are gathered and guide public health principles. By introducing students to the breadth and depth of public health, a foundation for future coursework will be constructed. Open to graduate students only. Restricted to Master of Public Health.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in Master of Public Health (MPH) courses requires admission to the MPH program or the approval of the Coordinator for the Master of Public Health program. 3 hours

MPH 6030 - Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health
This course introduces the evidence base from social and behavioral sciences as it applies to public health programs, policies and practice. Topics include all levels of behavior change and population change theories, socioecological approaches, systems thinking approaches, and the role of social, political and economic determinants of health in relation to population health and health inequities. Open to graduate students only. Restricted to Master of Public Health.
Prerequisite: MPH 6010 with a grade of "CB" or better. Enrollment in Master of Public Health (MPH) courses requires admission to the MPH program or the approval of the Coordinator for the Master of Public Health program. 3 hours

MPH 6050 - Global and Cultural Issues
This course explores culture and the myriad impacts on health and public health. Examples and comparisons from global health settings will be used. Introduction to cultural humility and cultural competency for public health professionals practicing in diverse and multi-cultural settings worldwide is also included. Open to graduate students only. Restricted to Master of Public Health.
Prerequisite: MPH 6030 with a grade of "CB" or better. Enrollment in Master of Public Health (MPH) courses requires admission to the MPH program or the approval of the Coordinator for the Master of Public Health program. 3 hours

MPH 6070 - Environmental Health Science
This course provides an overview of the role of environment in human health, focusing on concepts and skills to assess, control and prevent challenges to health. Topics focus on the interdisciplinary nature of environmental health work including defining and identifying environmental contamination, determining health impact, assessing risks and causality, and ameliorating threats through individual and organizational decisions. Open to graduate students only.
Prerequisite: MPH 6010 with a grade of “CB” or better. Enrollment in Master of Public Health (MPH) courses requires admission to the MPH program or the approval of the Coordinator for the Master of Public Health program. 3 hours

MPH 6110 - Descriptive Epidemiology and Biostatistics
This course introduces students to the history, principles and current uses of epidemiology and biostatistics. Content focuses on methods to describe and compare quantitatively the patterns of health, morbidity and mortality in populations. It also examines sources and limitations of health data, concepts of sampling, power, hypothesis testing, surveillance, and ethical consideration of surveillance programs. Open to graduate students only. Restricted to Master of Public Health.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in Master of Public Health (MPH) courses requires admission to the MPH program or the approval of the Coordinator for the Master of Public Health program. 3 hours

MPH 6120 - Analytic Epidemiology and Biostatistics
This course introduces concepts and methods used in analytic epidemiology and biostatistics. Students will be able to differentiate among the primary types of study designs and select designs most appropriate for given situations. Students will practice and apply skills needed for study design, outbreak investigation, screening programs, statistical analysis and communication of epidemiologic findings to stakeholder groups. Open to graduate students only. Restricted to Master of Public Health.
Prerequisite: MPH 6110 with a grade of "CB" or better. Enrollment in Master of Public Health (MPH) courses requires admission to the MPH program or the approval of the Coordinator for the Master of Public Health program. 3 hours

MPH 6210 - Public Health Planning and Evaluation
Fundamentals of public health planning, management and evaluation to promote health are covered and practiced. Topics include public health foundational knowledge as it relates to planning; application of evidence-based approaches to program planning and management; and core planning and management skills including needs and capacity assessment, culturally competent program design, budgeting, evaluation and leadership. Open to graduate students only. Restricted to Master of Public Health.
Prerequisite: MPH 6050 with a grade of "CB" or better. Enrollment in Master of Public Health (MPH) courses requires admission to the MPH program or the approval of the Coordinator for the Master of Public Health program. 3 hours

MPH 6220 - Health Education and Promotion Strategies
The focus of this course is understanding and practicing health promotion and education strategies to improve population health. Content is focused on enhancing the knowledge base and developing skills related to the five core action areas of health promotion including building healthy public policy, creating supportive environments, strengthening community action, developing personal skills and re-orienting health services. Open to graduate students only. Restricted to Master of Public Health.
Prerequisite: MPH 6210 with a grade of "CB" or better. Enrollment in Master of Public Health (MPH) courses requires admission to the MPH program or the approval of the Coordinator for the Master of Public Health program. 3 hours

MPH 6230 - Public Health Communication Strategies
This course will prepare students to develop, implement and evaluate public health communication strategies. Focus centers on health communication necessary to implement solutions within public health programs and settings. It will also explore unique issues that need to be taken into consideration when developing and disseminating crisis and emergency risk messages intended to protect the public's health. Open to graduate students only. Restricted to Master of Public Health.
Prerequisite: MPH 6210 with a grade of "CB" or better. Enrollment in Master of Public Health (MPH) courses requires admission to the MPH program or the approval of the Coordinator for the Master of Public Health program. 3 hours

MPH 6310 - Public Health Policy and Health Systems Administration
Students will learn how to conduct a public health policy analysis and the type of health systems and organizations wherein these policies are carried out. Focus will include the steps in carrying out a policy analysis including working within the paradigm of systems analysis, leadership and stakeholders. Also included are coalition building, networking and cultural and political competency. Open to graduate students only. Restricted to Master in Public Health.
Prerequisite: MPH 6210 with a grade of "CB" or better. Enrollment in Master of Public Health (MPH) courses requires admission to the MPH program or the approval of the Coordinator for the Master of Public Health program. 3 hours

MPH 6330 - Grant and Proposal Writing
This course will prepare students with skills necessary to seek and secure external grant funding through grant proposal writing. Emphasis is placed on grant sources and resources, the grant proposal process, grant management, and strategies for continued funding. Open to graduate students only. Restricted to Master in Public Health.
Prerequisite: MPH 6220, MPH 6230, MPH 6310 and MPH 6320; with a grade of "CB" or better in all prerequisites. Enrollment in Master of Public Health (MPH) courses requires admission to the MPH program or the approval of the Coordinator for the Master of Public Health program. 3 hours

MPH 6410 - Research Methods in Public Health
This course provides general introduction to designs and methods for public health research. It emphasizes systematic approaches to identification and assessment of existing information, formulation of research questions to address public health concerns, responsible conduct of research and research ethics and identification of designs and methods appropriate for given research questions and issues. Open to graduate students only. Restricted to Master of Public Health.
Prerequisite: MPH 6120 with a grade of "CB" or better. Enrollment in Master of Public Health (MPH) courses requires admission to the MPH program or the approval of the Coordinator for the Master of Public Health program. 3 hours

MPH 6420 - Integrated Learning Project Proposal
This course is designed as the first part of a two-course sequence in which a team of students will design a proposal for public health research, planning or implementing a project, evaluation, conducting a public health policy analysis, or engaging in an epidemiologic study. Students will propose methodological approaches to meet the objective of a final project. Open to graduate students only. Restricted to Master of Public Health.
Prerequisite: MPH 6220, MPH 6230, and MPH 6410 with a grade of "CB" or better in all prerequisites. Enrollment in Master of Public Health (MPH) courses requires admission to the MPH program or the approval of the Coordinator for the Master of Public Health program. 1 hour

MPH 6430 - Integrated Learning Project Capstone
This course is the second part of a two-course sequence in which a team of students will carry out the completion of a project proposed in the first integrated learning course. Students will finalize their research based on their approved proposal and report results of the project. This course will culminate in the students' capstone project. Open to graduate students only. Restricted to Master of Public Health.
Prerequisite: MPH 6420 with a grade of "CB" or better. Enrollment in Master of Public Health (MPH) courses requires admission to the MPH program or the approval of the Coordinator for the Master of Public Health program. 2 hours