Academic Catalog

Public Health (M.P.H.)

The Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is located in the School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine & Public Health Sciences. The MPH degree is a graduate-level professional degree that prepares students for public health practice in communities, organizations, work sites, and in governmental, public, and non-profit settings. MPH graduates are prepared with leadership abilities to promote population health and safety, prevent chronic and infectious disease, and to develop policy and practice-based evidence through clinical and applied research. The interdisciplinary and community-engaged nature of public health practice is reinforced throughout education, research, and service activities. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MPH Program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. (See also School of Medicine Graduate Program policies.) Contact the MPH Program  for specific admission requirements. Applications for the MPH program are considered for fall, winter and spring summer semesters. Note that only completed applications are reviewed.

Program Requirements

MPH students select a concentration, either the MPH in Public Health Practice (MPH-PHP) or the MPH in Population Health Analytics (MPH-PHA). Candidates for the MPH degree must complete 42 credits in graduate course work. As shown below, both concentrations require the foundation courses, a practicum, and a Master's project. Additionally, all MPH students must complete concentration-specific courses.  Finally, students select approved electives to complete the 42 credit requirement.  All course work must be completed within six years in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the School of Medicine governing graduate scholarship and degrees.

Foundation Courses
FPH 7011Foundations of Public Health3
FPH 7012Social Justice in Public Health3
FPH 7015Biostatistics I3
FPH 7100Health Care Organization and Administration3
FPH 7210Research Methods for Public Health Professionals3
FPH 7240Epidemiology3
FPH 7300Public Health Policy3
Applied Learning Course
FPH 7440Applied Practice Experience3
Integrated Learning Course
FPH 8991Integrated Learning Experience3
MPH-PHP Concentration Courses
FPH 7230Health Program Evaluation3
FPH 7430Application of Public Health Principles3
FPH 7510Leadership and Population Health2
FPH 7511Health Promotion Messaging and Advocacy3
MPH-PHA Concentration Courses
FPH 7020Biostatistics II3
FPH 7250Health Data Analytics3
FPH 7280Public Health Community Level Intervention Science3
FPH 7350Advanced Statistical Programming2
Electives 4

Academic Progression Policies

MPH Grade Policies
Required Courses:
Students must earn a B grade or better in all required courses. Grades of B- or lower are considered unacceptable.  Students who receive a B- or lower grade in any required course must repeat the course and receive a B or better grade.  Students are not eligible to take courses requiring the failed course as a prerequisite.

Elective Courses:  Students who receive a B- or lower grade in an elective course will be allowed to balance the grade with subsequent grades to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Grade Point Average Requirement: Students must maintain an overall minimum 3.0 GPA to remain in good standing. Grades below a B are not acceptable at the graduate level. Students who receive a B- or lower in a course will be asked to meet with their advisor to ensure that they are aware of Graduate School requirements and to determine if any remedial action is required. 

Course Repeat Policy: Only two attempts to complete a required course will be permitted.  Two unsuccessful attempts to complete a required course will result in termination from the program. The most recent grade for a repeated course is used in computing the grade point average and awarding credit hours for a degree. All attempts to take a course are recorded on a student’s transcript. 

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