MPH Program Requirements & Curriculum

2022-2023 MPH Graduate Handbook

MPH By-Laws

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 43 credit hours, including:

  • Core Curricula: 31 credits 
  • Internship: 3 credits
  • Electives: 9 credits

The average completion time depends on the student’s track and the number of credits taken each semester.

For the full-time track, which entails students taking nine (9) credit hours per fall and spring semester and six (6) in the summer semester, students typically graduate within two (2) years.

For the part-time* track, which entails students taking six (6) credit hours per semester, students typically graduate within three (3) to four (4) years.

*The MPH program is a classroom-based program with limited distance-learning options. However, the program offers most of our core classes after 5:00 PM Monday – Thursday to accommodate students who work full-time. The program cannot promise classes to be offered outside of traditional work hours. The student’s sole responsibility is to work with their place of employment.

Required MPH Core courses (34 CORE credits)

1st Year Required Courses:

Course NumberCredit Class NameSemester Offered
HSC 5930 1Proseminar in Public Health Fall only
PHC 51553Health Services Organization & Policy
(required in 1st semester)
Fall, Spring
PHC 53003Environmental HealthFall, Spring
PHC 5475 or URP 55253Health BehaviorFall, Spring
PHC 5001 or URP 55213Public Health Epidemiology Fall, Spring
ECP 5538*3Health Policy Statistics 
(required in 1st year)
Dependent on offering
(F, Sp, or Su)
*May be exempt from ECP 5538 if student has taken an approved statistics class (PHC 4069 or equivalent) with a grade of “B” or higher, within the last five (5) years. Student must have written approval from the program. If exempt, student must take an additional elective to complete the minimum 43 credit hours required to graduate.

2nd Year Required Courses

Course NumberCreditClass NameSemester Offered
PHC 59453Internship 
PHC 5155, PHC 5001/URP 5525, ECP 5538)
Fall, Sp, Su
PHC 6110 3Comparative Health Fall, Spring
PAD 52163Healthcare FinanceFall only; sometimes Sp
PAD 58843Healthcare ManagementSu only; sometimes F, Sp
PHC 51513Health Politics and Policy Analysis (Capstone)Fall, Sp
PHC 57973Adv. Social Statistics and Data AnalysisFall, Sp; sometimes Su

Internship – PHC 5945

Placements include international, national, state, or local health-related organizations for a required 200-hour working experience. Due to the CEPH Accreditation policy, waiver requests will be denied.

Those in the part-time track can split the internship hours between two or more semesters, with approval from the Internship Coordinator, Dr. Alan Rowan.

For more information, please click here

Electives (9-12 Credits)

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

*These approved electives are not offered every semester nor promised for enrollment. This is the approved elective list of classes that will count towards graduation requirements if the student were to take and pass. Students are responsible for checking and ensuring they are meeting the necessary prerequisites.

EAP 5845Academic Writing for International Grad Students (Int’l Students ONLY)
ECP 5606Urban and Regional Economics
ECP 5536Economics of Health
EDF 5461Introduction to Program Evaluation
FOS 5205Food, Safety, and Quality
FRW 5775Special Topics
Narrating Epidemics: Disease, Society, and Culture
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
LIS 5788Health Information Systems and Management
INR 5935Politics of Hunger and Malnutrition
PAD 5035Policy Development and Administration
PAD 5142Managing the Non-Profit Organization
PAD 5173Nongovernmental Organizations
PAD 5327Public Program Evaluation
PAD 5397Foundations of Emergency Management
PAD 5845Public Health & Emergency Management
PHC 5003Chronic Disease Epidemiology
PHC 6002Infectious Disease Epidemiology
POS 5698Comparative Federalism
RCS 5080Medical Aspects of Disability
SOW5455Grant Writing and Grant Management
SYA 6933Special Topics:
Neighborhoods & Health
Caregiving and Adulthood
Becoming an Adult in Strat. Society
Sexual and Reproductive Health
Medical Sociology
How Inequality Makes Us Sick
Gender, Work, and Family
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
SYP 5065Sexuality Over the Life Course
SYP 5738Aging Policies and Services
URP 5059Community Involvement and Public Participation 
URP 5445Climate Change and Community Resilience
URP 5526Special Topics:
Healthy Cities, Healthy Communities
URP 5272Urban and Regional Info Systems (not approved if another GIS course has already been taken)