MPH Professional Option

The program is not accepting applications for the Masters of Public Health Professional Option at this time.  

The MPH professional option provides an opportunity for U.S. physicians with earned doctorates and those who are in a U.S. residency program. The option requires completion of the 32 hours of core courses including the internship and eight hours of general electives (40 hours total). Other applicants may be eligible for admission to this option and will be considered by the admissions committee on a case-by-case basis. Included are:

  1. Those currently enrolled in a U.S. physician residency-training program, or
  2. Those who are in the process of completing a doctoral-level, health-related degree and who have at least one year of health-related experience.

Interested applicants should contact the MPH Department for information about the application process.


MPH Core Courses
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 579Comprehensive Examination0
MPH 581Internship4
MPH Electives8
Total Hours40

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.