Public Health (M.P.H.)

The MPH Program at WSU is accredited by the Council for Education for Public Health (CEPH). The CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit public health educational programs.

There is a strong community and public health focus in the Department, and an emphasis on research and applications of socio-behavioral and medical sciences to health problems in the community. Collaboration with other schools in the University allows for an interdisciplinary approach to study of the health care system.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School and admission to the School of Medicine, respectively. Candidates must also complete undergraduate work in mathematics, natural science, and social science, and have experience in a health-related position. Applicants to the MPH biostatistics concentration must provide additional evidence of advanced mathematical coursework. Contact the  M.P.H. Program  for specific admissions requirements. Applications for the M.P.H. program are only considered for fall semester admission. All admissions materials must be received by March 1, for a student to be considered for the following fall semester.

Candidates for the MPH degree (all concentrations) must complete forty-two credits in course work. Required core courses (seventeen credits) for the M.P.H. degree include:

Required Courses
FPH 7010Seminar in Public Health1
FPH 7015Biostatistics I4
FPH 7100Health Care Organization and Administration3
FPH 7240Epidemiology3
FPH 7320The Social Basis of Health and Health Care3
FPH 7420Principles of Environmental Health3
Specialty Track10-16
Elective Courses0-6
Practicum in Public Health
Final Project3
Master's Project

Biostatistics Concentration

Required courses in the MPH Biostatistics concentration include:

FPH 7150Probability and Inference4
FPH 7160Linear Regression and ANOVA (meet the Biostatistics core requirement)3
FPH 7340Generalized Linear Models and Categorical Data4
FPH 7350Statistical Programming for Public Health Practice2-3
FPH 7460Linear Mixed Models3
FPH 7480Design of Experiments and Clinical Trials 3
FPH 7500Survival Analysis3

Academic Scholarship: A grade of 'B-minus' or lower is considered unacceptable work at the graduate level and graduate students must maintain a grade point average (g.p.a.) of 3.00 or better. Students who receive a 'B-minus' or lower grade in any required course must repeat the course and receive a 'B' or better grade. The student is not eligible to take advanced courses or earn credits toward the final project until the course deficiency is satisfied. If a student receives lower than a 'B' upon their second attempt, the student will be dismissed from the program. Students will be allowed to balance a 'B-minus' or lower grade in an elective course with an 'A-minus' or higher grade in another elective course, thus maintaining a 3.00 or higher overall G.P.A. However, any student who receives a 'B-minus' or lower in a course will be asked to meet with their advisor to insure that they are aware of Graduate School requirements and to determine if any remedial aid is necessary. Failure to maintain a G.P.A. of at least 3.00 after such counseling will result in dismissal from the M.P.H. program.

All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the School of Medicine governing graduate scholarship and degrees.