The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) is the primary professional degree in public health. The program provides a set of skills and principles essential for students who intend to apply their training in a professional setting, provides leadership in a specific health specialty to improve and protect the health and well-being of populations. All M.P.H. students complete coursework designed to prepare public health professionals to actively and effectively contribute to population-based, culturally appropriate, and innovative approaches concerning current and emerging public health problems.
The M.P.H. core involves course work in biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy and management, environmental and occupational health, and social and behavioral sciences. In addition to the public health core, students further focus their skills by completing course work in one of several concentration areas: biostatistics; epidemiology; health care organizations and management, policy and programs; environmental health; toxicology and risk assessment; safety management; occupational health; global communicable disease; maternal and child health; health education; behavioral health; public health practice; global health; socio-health sciences; global disaster management, humanitarian relief & homeland security.
The M.P.H. degree is a minimum of 42 semester credit hours with some concentrations requiring additional credit hours.