The MPH degree program is designed to prepare students to enter an array of public health fields as well as doctoral programs. The full-time educational program is structured on a quarter basis, with a total credit hour requirement of 64 credit hours. All course work must be completed within four years of the date of matriculation for the full-time program.
At the end of Year 1, students select a public health major, known as the concentration area, which becomes their focus during Year 2. Throughout both years, the problem-based learning curriculum emphasizes public health competencies that include:
- foundation skill development
- content knowledge in the core disciplines of public health
- the perspectives, values, and mission of public health within a systemic and contextual integration.
The community service-learning component begins in Year 1 with community site visits, service learning workshops and practicum experiences. In Year 2, the Community-Based Masters Project (CBMP) Program requires students to conduct projects that require on-site activities throughout the academic year culminating with a comprehensive paper, a poster presentation, and an oral defense.