Florida State University

Public Health

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Program Requirements & Curriculum

General Requirements

MPH degree graduates will be trained principally as health policy analysts. They will have a rich background in epidemiology, health economics, health behavior, health administration, health policy and policy analysis, and statistical and qualitative analytic skills.

A completed MPH degree requires an overall 42 credit hours, to include:

  • 33 CORE credits (Internship to be completed within the 33)
  • 9 Elective credits

Students can set their own pace from part-time to full-time. With appropriate planning, the program’s requirements may be completed in 3-4 semesters and a summer. Other students prefer to follow a more relaxed pace.

Required MPH Core courses (33 CORE credits)

1st Year Required Courses:

URP 5525Health Behavior & Education or HSC 5930 Health Behavior
PHC 5300Environmental Health
PUP 5605Health Services Organization & Policy (must be taken 1st semester)
URP 5521Public Health Epidemiology or PHC 5001 Public Health Epidemiology
ECP 5538Health Policy Statistics (must be taken within 1st year)

2nd Year Required Courses

PHC 6110Comparative Health or PUP 5932 Comparative Health
PAD 5935Healthcare Finance
PAD 5935Healthcare Management
PAD 5945Internship (Prerequisite: Health Service Org & Epidemiology & Statistics)
SPUP 5607Politics of Health Policy
SYA 5458Data Analysis for Public Health (Capstone Course 1)

33 CORE credits

Electives (9 Credits)

Electives selections can be tailored to suit a student’s needs and interests, such as policy, business, economics, epidemiology, administration, sociology, statistics and other fields.

Current approved MPH electives (subject to change on availability)

EAP 5845Academic Writing for International Grad Students (Int’l Students ONLY)
ECP 5536Economics of Health
FOS 5205Food, Safety, and Quality
GEO 5451Medical Geography
GEO 5453Global Health
GIS 5101Intro to GIS (must also take GIS5101L)
HUN 5297Eating Disorders, Body Image and Healthy Weight Maintenance
LIS 5418Introduction to Health Informatics
LIS 5419Consumer Health Informatics
LIS 5631Health Information Sources
LIS 5661Government Information
INR 5935Politics of Hunger and Malnutrition
PAD 5845Public Health & Emergency Management
PHC 5003Chronic Disease Epidemiology
PHC 6002Infectious Disease Epidemiology
POS 5698Comparative Federalism
RCS 5080Medical Aspects of Disability
SOW 5455Grant Writing and Grant Management
SYA 6933Neighborhoods & Health (Special Topic)
SYA 6933Becoming an Adult in Strat. Society (Special Topic)
SYA 6933Sexual and Reproductive Health
SYA 6933Health and Life Course (Special Topic)
SYA 6933Medical Sociology (Special Topic)
SYD 5045Intro to Demography
SYD 5133Population Data
SYD 5136Social Epidemiology
SYD 5215Health and Survival
SYD 5225Fertility 
SYO 5416Stress and Mental Health
SYO 6407Race, Ethnicity, and Health
URP 5059Community Involvement and Public Participation 
URP 5526Healthy Cities, Healthy Communities (Special Topic)
URP 5272Urban and Regional Info Systems (not approve if other GIS course already taken)

Curriculum

Internship – PHC 5945
200-hour internship

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