MPH Program Requirements

MPH students complete a degree in one of seven specializations. All MPH students require core, specialization and elective courses. All students complete 24 credits of core courses. Specialization and elective requirements vary by specialization.

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum and related competencies were designed with one overreaching goal in mind: to prepare our MPH graduates for public health practice.

Curriculum Features

Our MPH curriculum offers several features that provide students with a rich learning experience:

  • common core curriculum across all MPH specializations
  • integrated, interdisciplinary core courses
  • cover foundational core courses at the beginning of the program
  • problem-based experiential learning
  • a team teaching approach by faculty

Why did we design the curriculum this way?

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

The curriculum fosters critical thinking and problem solving skills in our graduates to be. Because the curriculum is integrated across disciplines such as health promotion, epidemiology and health policy, students learn to think across disciplines-just what employers require of today's public health practitioners.

How will students benefit?

The curriculum offers many benefits. Students will:

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

MPH graduates will be practice ready.

MPH Core Courses

MPH students in all specializations are required to complete the following common core courses, comprising 24 credits of the MPH degree, 15 of which are required in the first two terms of the degree program. ( 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)

MPH Specialization and Elective Courses

Students are admitted into one of the specializations shown below. Full-time students (9 credits per term or more) add specialization courses to their core courses during the first year. Part-time students (fewer than 9 credits per term) take specialization courses in the subsequent years of the program. Approved elective courses can be taken in any term.