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Master of Public Health Program

Emphasis in Infectious Diseases/Zoonoses 

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IDZ Emphasis Area Competency

Description of Competency


Pathogens/pathogenic mechanisms

Evaluate modes of disease causation of infectious agents.


Host response to pathogens/immunology

Investigate the host immune response to infection.


Environmental/ecological influences

Examine the influence of environmental and ecological forces on infectious diseases.


Disease surveillance

Analyze disease risk factors and select appropriate surveillance.


Disease vectors

Investigate the role of vectors, toxic plants and other toxins in infectious diseases.

(PDF - Competencies Requirement)

(Excel - MPH Degree Completion and Course Checklist) 

The curriculum prepares professionals to strengthen zoonoses prevention and control programs, investigate emerging infectious diseases, enhance the public’s ability to respond to bioterrorism and biosecurity emergencies, and coordinate rapid response activities among government, agriculture industries, nonprofit organizations, and academia.

“Core” requirements (15 hours) 
Each student in the MPH Program must complete these required public health core courses:

  • Biostatistics: MPH 701 Fundamental Methods of Biostatistics (3 hrs)
  • Environmental health sciences: MPH 802 Environmental Health (3 hrs)
  • Epidemiology: MPH 754 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 hrs) 
  • Health services administration:MPH 720 Administration of Health Care Organizations (3 hrs)
  • Social and behavioral sciences: MPH 818 Social and Behavioral Bases of Public Health (3 hrs)

Specific Emphasis Area Requirements 

Required courses = 11 or 12 hours 

Note: Some courses listed may require prerequisites before enrollment is allowed. 

BIOL 530 OR DMP 812/814

Pathogenic Microbiology (3 hrs) OR DMP 812/814 Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology Lecture & Lab or Lecture only

DMP 710

Introduction to One Health (2 hrs)

DMP 815

Multidisciplinary Thought and Presentation (3 hrs)

DMP 817

Principles of Veterinary Immunology (3 hrs)

Elective courses = 9 or 10 hours (see pdf above, Excel - MPH Degree Completion and Course Checklist) for a list of courses)

Culminating experience - MPH 840 (6 credit hours)

Total hrs required for MPH Degree (42 hours)

All MPH graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above in ALL graduate course work to remain in good standing in the program and to graduate with an MPH degree.  Detailed information concerning this requirement may be found on the Graduate School website:  http://www.k-state.edu/grad/