Public Health (M.P.H.)

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

The MPH Program emphasizes research and applications of socio-behavioral and medical sciences to health problems in the community.  The interdisciplinary nature of public health is reinforced in required and elective courses.

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 only considered for fall semester admission. Completed applications are reviewed through June.

MPH students select a concentration, either the MPH in Public Health Practice (MPH-PHP) or the MPH in Public Health Methods in Urban Health (MPH-PHM). 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 7015Biostatistics I4
FPH 7100Health Care Organization and Administration3
FPH 7240Epidemiology3
FPH 7320The Social Basis of Health and Health Care3
FPH 7420Principles of Environmental Health3
Applied Learning Course
FPH 7440Practicum in Public Health3
Integrated Learning Course
FPH 8990Master's Project3
MPH-PHP Concentration Courses
FPH 7010Urban Community Assessment and Planning1
FPH 7210Research Methods for Public Health Professionals3
FPH 7230Health Program Evaluation3
FPH 7250Applied Epidemiology3
FPH 7430Application of Public Health Principles2
MPH-PHM Concentration Courses
FPH 7010Urban Community Assessment and Planning1
FPH 7020Biostatistics II3
FPH 7250Applied Epidemiology3
FPH 7270Applied Research Methods in Urban Public Health3
FPH 7280Public Health Community Level Intervention Science3
FPH 7350Statistical Programming for Public Health Practice2
Electives 5

Academic Progression Policies

MPH Grade Policies
In 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, or earn hours towards the Master's Project or thesis until the course deficiency is satisfied.

In 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 3.00 GPA to remain in good standing. Grades below a B are not considered adequate 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.