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Master of Public Health Program

Outline of MPH Course Sequence*

Year 1, Fall Semester - 9 credits
  • MPH 701 - Fundamental Methods of Biostatistics (3 hrs)
  • MPH 754 - Introduction to Epidemiology (3 hrs)
  • MPH 802 - Environmental Health (3 hrs)
Year 1, Spring Semester - 9 credits
  • MPH 720 - Administration of Health Care Organizations (3 hrs)
  • MPH 818 - Social and Behavioral Bases of Public Health (3 hrs)
  • Emphasis area course (3 hrs)
  • Select Committee and prepare Program of Study (POS)
Year 1, Summer Semester - 3 or 6 credits
  • Any MPH core course (if available and needed)
  • Emphasis area course if desired (3 hrs)
Year 2, Fall Semester - 9 credits
  • Emphasis area required courses (9 hrs)
  • Start planning for Applied Practical Experience (APE)
  • Attend MPH Meeting for MPH 840 (APE orientation)
Year 2, Spring Semester - 9 credits
  • Finish emphasis area required and elective courses (9 hrs)
  • Finish plans for MPH 840 and turn in signed form
Year 2, Summer Semester - 3 or 6 credits
  • Enroll in MPH 840 for 6 hrs for summer graduation or if graduating a different semester, enroll in only 3 hrs
Semester you plan to graduate you must be enrolled
  • Enroll in MPH 840 for 3 hrs


Areas of Emphasis Courses

The Food Safety and Biosecurity emphasis prepares graduates to recognize, evaluate, and control food-borne agents and toxins. Additional courses emphasize the multidisciplinary nature of food biosecurity and defense research, education and training to the vitality of our community.

The Infectious Diseases/Zoonoses emphasis prepares graduates to be leaders for zoonoses protection programs, investigation of new and emerging infectious diseases, strengthening the public’s ability to respond to bioterrorism and biosecurity emergencies, and coordinating rapid response activities among government, agriculture industries, non-profit organizations and academia.

The Public Health Nutrition emphasis focuses on the study of the interaction between nutrition and health and the application of sound nutritional principles to promoting healthy eating. Curriculum topics include: nutritional epidemiology, nutrition and physical activity, and the communication of nutrition messages to at-risk populations.

The Public Health Physical Activity emphasis prepares graduates for experimental, clinical, and epidemiological theory and research addressing the public health issues or promoting physical activity. The curriculum examines the social factors and psychological determinants associated with failure to initiate and/or adhere to exercise and physical activity programs.

Something Else to Consider

The courses you take for the MPH degree may also make you eligible for an additional graduate certificate with one or two extra classes, such as a certificate in Applied Statistics.  Please review the list of graduate certificates to see if any are of interest to you.