Master of Public Health;
Master of Science in Public Health
The Master of Public Health (MPH) is the standard professional degree, recognized throughout the world for public health practice, both in the public sector and in emerging private sector careers related to population health. The MPH degree program requires 45-48 semester credit hours. Those credit hours include core courses, specialization requirements, a practicum, and a culminating project. Depending on the specialization, most full-time students finish the program in 1.5-2 years (including a summer practicum experience). Students pursuing the program on a part-time basis typically finish in 3 years.
The core is intended to give every MPH student a basic grounding in the fundamentals of public health:
-Principles of Environmental Health
-Principles of Epidemiology
-Design and Analysis of Studies in the Health Sciences I
-Preventing Disease and Promoting Health through Behavioral Science
-Health Care Organization I
Students specialize in one of seven areas: biostatistics; epidemiology; environmental health sciences; health behavior and health promotion; health services management and policy; clinical translational science; or veterinary public health.
The Master of Science (MS) degree is intended for students interested primarily in a research or analytical career rather than in general professional practice. It is also a natural entry point for those considering more advanced research (e.g., PhD) or professional degrees (e.g., MD, DVM, DDS). Students focus on building a strong foundation in a particular specialization, including its pertinent research methods.
?The MS degree calls for 45-48 semester credit hours, of which 3-6 semester credit hours may be used for thesis preparation.
Even though the MS is not designed primarily for professional practice, faculty members believe that students should gain an appreciation of the scope of the field of public health. This is accomplished by completing courses in at least two areas of knowledge basic to public health. The faculty advisor and student will select specialized courses and electives in recognition of the student's specific interests and the field's expectations.