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The Master’s Degree


Advising in the Public Health Department provides an individual approach to the academic and professional development of each student. On admission, each student is assigned an advisor to assist with academic planning. Thereafter, students may choose an advisor from department faculty. Students must prepare an educational plan before registering for courses in order to map out progress through the degree consistent with career and personal goals. Students are not allowed to register until this educational plan is approved.

Grading Policy

Students must maintain a B (3.0) or better cumulative average during their course of study. A maximum of eight hours of C (2.0) grades is applicable to the degree (grades of C- or lower are not accepted), provided that a minimum GPA of 3.0 is reached at time of graduation and an approved Student Petition form is on file in the Office of Records and Registration. Courses taken on a CR/NC basis will not count toward the degree. Only pre-approved 400-level courses are permitted for use toward the degree.

NOTE: Students also should refer to the campus policy on Grades Acceptable Toward Master’s Degrees section of this catalog.

Degree Requirements

The degree of study must be declared at the time of application. Students in the general MPH or MPH – EH take 48 semester hours of course work. The MPH/MPA joint degree requires that students complete 70 hours of course work.  The MPH/HMS joint degree requires that students complete 72 hours of course work. The professional MPH requires students to complete 36 semester hours of course work. Students must reapply to change their degree option.

Required Core Courses for all MPH Degrees

All degrees offered by the MPH department require that students complete 32 hours of core courses, including a four hour internship.

MPH 501 Introduction to Public Health 4
MPH 503 Biostatistics 4
MPH 506 Research Methods in Public Health 4
MPH 511 Epidemiology 4
MPH 521 Introduction to Environmental Health 4
MPH 531 Public Health Policy 4
MPH 561 Public Health Education 4
MPH 581 Internship 4
Total Hours 32

Master’s Closure

Students in all degree programs offered through the department 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 core curriculum. A student takes the public health comprehensive exam during his/her last semester of study. If the last semester falls during the summer semester, a student may request to take the comprehensive exam during the prior spring semester with a Student Petition form. 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. The student must successfully complete the exam within one year after completing course work for the degree. Students who do not successfully complete the examination during their final semester of study must enroll in MPH 583 (zero credit hours, one billable credit hour) each regular semester (fall/spring) until they pass the exam. Students must pass the exam within one year of completing course work with a maximum of three consecutive attempts.