MPH Programs

Are you looking for public health graduate program that combines a theoretical and a hands-on approach? 

The master of public health (MPH) degree is a professional degree designed to prepare public health practitioners to play roles in key public health functions: assessment, planning, action implementation and evaluation. Integrated interdisciplinary core courses are the foundation of the MPH degree, and required for all MPH specializations.

Our MPH graduates will contribute to solving complex public health challenges through critical thinking, using and creating evidence, engaging with communities, and collaborating on teams.

NEW curriculum

Students enrolling for Fall 2018 will complete their MPH degree program with a new, revised core curriculum.

With one overarching goal in mind, we recently completed a thorough review of our MPH core competencies and curriculum: to increase the public health practice readiness of our MPH graduates. 

Curriculum features

  • Integrated, interdisciplinary core courses.
  • Common core curriculum across all MPH specializations.
  • A team teaching approach by faculty.
  • Cover core courses at the beginning of the program.

Why did we change the curriculum?

We consulted with students, alumni, employers and others to consider what graduates need to be able to do, in addition towhat we want them to know. This is known as competency driven curriculum.

The curriculum changes will enhance the ability of our graduates to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. Because the curriculum is integrated across disciplines such as health promotion, epidemiology and health policy, students will learn to think across disciplines—just what employers require of today’s public health practitioner. 

How will students benefit?

The new curriculum offers many benefits. Students will:

  • become active learners.
  • apply concepts and solutions to situations.
  • gain a firm foundation in broad public health principles and build on them with specialization courses.*

*After completing SPH 530, students:

  • who want to study full-time (9 credits or more per term) may add specialization courses along with other core courses during fall and winter terms.
  • who want to study part-time (fewer than 9 credits per term) will continue with 6 credits of other core courses during fall and winter terms, and will add specialization courses in the second year of the degree.

MPH graduates will be even more practice ready.


MPH Degree Program Requirements

These requirements for the MPH degree program are effective Fall 2018 and apply to students enrolling from this date forward.

Effective fall 2018, these new core courses will be required for all MPH students admitted to our seven degree specializations. The total credits required for each specialization will not change. All students will complete 15 credits of core courses in the first two terms of the degree program.

The first course, SPH 530 This is Public Health, will be completed on campus during the last week of August and first week of September. All students are required to complete this course on campus. Orientation will be integrated into this two-week period. In 2018, SPH 530 starts August 27 and ends September 7.

MPH students complete a degree in one of seven specializations. Degree requirements include core, specialization and elective courses. Total credits required for the MPH degree vary by specialization.

MPH Core Courses

MPH students in all specializations are required to complete the following common core courses, comprising 24 credits of the MPH degree. (Core Course Descriptions PDF)

SPH 530 This is Public Health (*3)
SPH 535 Using and Creating Evidence in Public Health Practice (*6)
SPH 536 Engagement for Public Health Action (*2)
SPH 541 Leadership and Professional Practice I (*2)
SPH 546 Leadership and Professional Practice II (*2)
SPH 547 Leadership and Professional Practice III and Capping Project (*3)
SPH 598 Field Practicum (*6)

Students must declare a specialization from the list shown below, as well as elective courses specific to the specialization.



Practicum and Capstone 


Minimum Length

Applied Biostatistics

45 20 months
Environmental and Occupational Health
 20 months 
Epidemiology    45 20 months
Food Safety   
45  20 months 
Global Health   45 20 months
Health Policy and Management   51 20 months
Health Promotion
(available on campus or online)
  42 20 months

This information is summarized in this printable, downloadable format: MPH Degree Program Requirements.