MPH General

The MPH-General requires a minimum of 48 credit hours. The MPH-General course work is comprised of 32 hours of core course work and 16 hours of concentration courses for a total of 48 credit hours. The closure requirement for the MPH-General is the MPH Comprehensive Examination. 


Core Course
MPH 501Introduction to Public Health4
MPH 503Biostatistics4
MPH 506Research Methods in Public Health4
MPH 511Epidemiology4
MPH 521Introduction to Environmental Health4
MPH 531Public Health Policy4
MPH 561Public Health Education4
MPH 581Internship 14
Total Hours32
Concentration Courses
Social Determinants of Health (Required)4
Social Determinants of Health
Advanced Epidemiology (Select one from the following)4
Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases
Analytical Epidemiology
Advanced Public Health Policy (Select one from the following)4
Program Evaluation for Public Health
Health Economics
Introduction to Health Services and Administration
Select One More Course from either "Advanced Epidemiology" or "Advanced Public Health Policy"4
Closure Exercise
MPH 579Comprehensive Examination0
Total Hours16

Student may submit a Student Petition to use PAD 561 as one hour toward the internship requirement. 

Master’s Closure

Students in all degree programs offered through the MPH program take a comprehensive written examination based on a case study with questions designed to test students' ability to integrate the knowledge and skills they have gained from the curriculum. MPH students complete an Integrative Learning Experience (i.e., MPH comprehensive exam) that demonstrates syntheses of foundational and concentration competencies designed by the Council of Education for Public Health. A student may request to take the comprehensive exam during the prior spring semester with a Student Petition.

A student must complete all core courses (except the internship) prior to taking the comprehensive exam, but may take the exam concurrently with electives or the internship during the last semester of study. When students need to take the comprehensive exam to graduate, the students must complete the comprehensive exam eligibility survey before the end of Week 3 of each semester except the summer semester. The student must successfully complete the exam within one year after completing course work for the degree. Students who take MPH 579  and do not pass, must enroll in MPH 583 (zero credit hour, one billable credit hour) each regular semester (fall/spring) until they pass the exam. Students must pass this exam within one year of completing course work with a maximum of three consecutive attempts.