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M.P.H.--Additional Specific Requirements

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) is a professional degree that builds knowledge and skills in the five core areas of public health: biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health services administration, and social and behavioral sciences.

The Master of Public Health degree requires completion of a minimum of 42 total credits of graduate (500- and 800-) level course work, the majority of which must be 500 level courses, specifically:

  • 24 credits in prescribed courses, including:
    • 18 credits of core classroom-based courses
    • 3 credit practicum experience
    • 3 credit capstone
  • 18 credits in elective courses

The capstone course provides the students with the knowledge and skills to design, carry out, and present a scholarly public health project based upon competencies gained in previous courses, including defining a scholarly project, selecting a topic and project type, describing the problem, reviewing the literature, identifying project methodology, presenting project results, ethics and scholarly work, writing and critiquing scholarly work, and creating and delivering a poster presentation.


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