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M.P.H. Curriculum

All M.P.H. degree students must successfully complete several required core courses in public health.

Core course requirements for the M.P.H. degree:

  • Health Care in the United States (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • Environmental Influences on Human Health (3 credits)
  • Behavioral and Social Factors in Public Health (3 credits)
  • Public Health in Action (3 credits)
  • Applied Practice Experience (1 credit) 

For a full list of Public Health M.P.H. Core/Foundational Courses, please view our Catalog: 
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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.

Capstone (Culminating Experience for On-Campus Students)

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.

  • CORE 7098 Comprehensive Examination (Distance Education Students Only)
  • COREHS 7099 Applied Practice Experience