Foundational Curriculum

All students who successfully complete the Master of Public Health program must complete at least 18 credits within an area of specialization. Where the foundational courses are designed to focus on core theoretical competencies used in all areas of public health, the specializations focus on applications of these competencies within specific public health practice areas. 

Below are 20 credits of foundational courses required and available through distance education.

Fall
  • PH 704: Public Health Management and Policy (3 credits) - Tuesdays 5pm
  • PH 712: Public Health Research Methods (3 credits) - Thursdays 5pm
  • PH 731: Biostatistics (3 credits) - Mondays 5pm
  • PH 741: Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (3 credits) - Wednesdays 5pm
Spring
  • PH 706: Essentials in Epidemiology (3 credits) - Mondays 5pm
  • PH 720: Environmental Health for Public Health Professionals (2 credits) - Thursdays 5pm
  • PH 745: Community Health Leadership (3 credits) - Tuesdays 5pm
Summer
  • PH 720: Environmental Health for Public Health Professionals (2 credits) - Asynchronous
  • PH 741: Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (3 credits) - Asynchronous
PH 794, Applied Practice Experience (APE)/Practicum, 3 credits

Concepts and competencies learned from MPH coursework are integrated through a minimum of 240 hours practicum that provides an opportunity to apply knowledge in a practice setting. A wide range of settings and opportunities are available and are individually tailored to assure competence in general MPH and specialization-specific skills. The practicum is designed to meet student goals, specialization criteria, and the needs of the agencies or institutions involved.   Most full-time students complete the practicum in the summer between the first and second academic years.  However, students are eligible to register for the practicum after they have successfully completed 18 credits.  

Students cannot receive credit for past work experience. Practicum Agreement submission deadlines are the date that online registration opens in Campus Connection for the next semester. 

PH 789, Integrated Learning Experience (ILE), 1 credit

Students must complete an Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) in their last semester in the program which demonstrates synthesis of foundational and specialization competencies selected based on the student’s educational and professional goals. Prior to obtaining approval to register for their ILE, students must work with their advisors to complete the  Request to Register Approval Form advisor.

Completion of the “Request to Register” form will require the following information:

  • A topic, proposal format, and brief summary of the deliverable (see “PH 789 Syllabus” for additional information)
  • Selected foundational and specialization competencies (see “MPH Competencies” for specific foundational and specialization competencies
  • Schedule of milestones and deadlines, agreed upon by both the student and advisor (see “Request to Register Approval Form” for additional information)

Specializations (minimum 18 credits) 

Total = 42 credits

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