All M.P.H. degree students must successfully complete several required core courses in public health.
For a full list of Public Health M.P.H. Core/Foundational Courses, please view our Catalog (beginning on page 39): SHSP Catalog 2021-2022
A student who completes master’s degree requirements later than the fourth anniversary of the semester of entry into the School of Health Sciences and Practice may also be required to pass a comprehensive written examination in addition to any culminating experience as part of the requirements for the degree.
It is expected that the thesis will include some independent research and integration of skills acquired by the student through coursework. The thesis includes the formulation of research questions, methods to carry out the inquiry, and presentation of the results of the research. Some theses may require approval of the College's Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to initiation of any thesis work. The student should work through the department chair/program advisor to determine if their thesis will require IRB review. The student must maintain regular contact with the Program and Thesis Advisors during the thesis work.
The capstone is a culminating experience designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills they have acquired through their Masters in Public Health (M.P.H.) education. Students work cooperatively in groups on real-time public health issues appropriately applying, theory, methods and tools learned in the M.P.H. program.
Upon graduation, a student with an M.P.H. degree, regardless of specialization, must also satisfy the core competencies found in the M.P.H. Core Competencies document.