Aug 16, 2022  
2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 

Public Health M.P.H.

The Master of Public Health Degree Program is designed to prepare students to be public health professionals in the private and public sectors with the overall goal of promoting and protecting the health of individuals in our society. The Master of Public Health degree (MPH) is comprised of an 18-credit required core for every student. The 21 credits represent the four primary areas of specialty offered in Public Health programs, plus one additional course entitled Fundamentals of Public Health. The four specialty areas include: (1) Health Promotion, (2) Environmental and Occupational Health, (3) Health Care Administration and Policy, and (4) Biostatistics and Epidemiology. In addition to the core courses, each student will select an 18-21 credit concentration area from one of the four aforementioned concentrations. All candidates will finish their MPH degree with a 3-6 credit capstone project resulting in a 42-credit degree program.

 Educational Objectives

The purpose of the MPH Program is to prepare individuals to become effective health care practitioners, researchers and teachers who will competently identify public health problems and needs, develop effective strategies to address those needs, and promote appropriate services to be available for the protection of human health.

At a minimum, the following criteria should be met to assure each student a) develops an understanding of the areas of knowledge that are basic to public health, b) acquires skills and experience in the application of basic public health concepts and of specialty knowledge to the solution of community health problems, and c) demonstrates integration of knowledge through a capstone experience.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MPH, an applicant must:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from a regionally accredited institution and have adequate preparation in the biological, physical, or social sciences. A criterion for admission is at least a B (3.0) grade-point average or the equivalent in work completed after the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program and in all post-baccalaureate course work.
  2. Completion of the school’s application process.
  3. Submit a personal essay describing what you perceive to be pressing public health issues, why a career in the field appeals to you, and how it will use your strengths and commitment
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for applicants whose first language is not English
  6. Official copies of all transcripts sent to the Graduate College and unofficial copies to the School of Public Health

Degree Requirements

All students are required to complete six core courses including (18 credits): Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Fundamentals of Environmental and Occupational Health, Theoretical Principals of Health Promotion, Survey of U.S. Health Care Systems, and Fundamentals of Public Health. Additionally, all students are required to complete a Capstone Project. The Capstone Project requirement may be fulfilled by a professional paper, thesis, or internship experience. Students will also be required to take seven courses (18-21 credits) in a concentration area and complete a capstone experience (3-6 credits). The total program of study is 42 credits. A student must have at least a B (3.0) grade point average in all graduate work in order to graduate.

The MPH degree will be awarded only when all these requirements are met.

MPH Core Course Requirements - Total Credits: 18


HED 710 - Fundamentals of Public Health


EOH 740 - Fundamentals of Environmental Health

  EAB 705 - Epidemiology and Public Health

HCA 701 - U.S. Health Care System: Programs and Policies


HED 705 - Theoretical Foundations in Health Promotion

  EAB 703 - Biostatistical Methods for the Health Sciences

Health Promotion Concentration - Total Credits: 21


Students are required to take the following courses - Total Credits: 15


HED 700 - Contemporary Issues in Health Promotion

  HED 730 - Program Evaluation in Health Promotion

HED 720 - Program Planning and Grant Writing in Health Promotion


HED 735 - Practical Applications in Health Promotions

  EAB 700 - Research Methods for Public Health

EPY 702 - Research Methods

  Six (6) credits may be selected from the following list:
  HED 607 Stress Management
  HED 627 Methods in Health Education
  HED 629 - Education for Sexuality
  HED 630 Nutrition (credits: 3)
  HED 635 Health Studies of Dangerous Drugs
  HED 760 - Technology in Health Promotion
  Capstone Requirement
  HED 750 - Graduate Project in Health Promotion
  An advisor approved course from the pool of university-approved graduate level courses.

Environmental and Occupational Health Concentration - Total Credits: 18-21

    Students are required to take the following courses - Total Credits: 9
    EOH 601 Environmental Toxicology
    EOH 711 - Historical Perspectives in Public Health
    Plus four additional courses from the following:
    EAB 700 - Research Methods for Public Health

EOH 709 - Scientific/Technical Writing for the Health and Life Sciences

    EOH 705 - Social Epidemiology
    EOH 713 - Public Health Law
    EOH 715 - Qualitative & Field Methods for Public Health
    EAB 716 - The Epidemiology of Obesity
    EOH 732 - Children, Development, Health, and the Environment
    EOH 747 - Transmission of Infectious Disease
    EOH 757 - Parasitology and Public Health
    EOH 760 - Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health
    EOH 765 - Seminar in Environmental Justice and Public Health
    EOH 767 - Bioaerosols and Human Health
    EOH 769 - Advanced Pollution Ecology

EOH 777 - Emerging Infectious Disease

    EOH 795 - Special Topics in Environmental Health
    EOH 796 - Independent Study in Environmental Health
    Required Captsone Project: Students must receive prior approval from their committee before registering for any capstone experiences.
    EOH 793 - Internship in Environmental Health
    EOH 794 - Professional Paper in Environmental Health
    EOH 798 - Thesis Research

Health Care Administration and Policy Concentration - Total Credits: 18


Students are required to take the following courses


HCA 703 - Management of Health Service Organizations and Systems

    HCA 705 - Health Care Accounting and Finance
    HCA 706 - Strategic Management of Health Services
    HCA 707 - Operations and Quality Management of Health Services

HCA 708 - Information Systems in Health Services Management

    Plus one of the following 3 credit-hour course:
    HCA 704 - Health Care Economics
    HCA 711 - Advanced Health Care Finance
    HCA 652 Health Politics and Policy

HCA 761 - Health Care Law and Ethics for Manager

    HCA 680 - Organization and Management of Long-Term Care Services
    Other advisor approved courses from the pool of university approved graduate level courses.
    Required Capstone Project

HCA 709 - Health Care Administration Capstone Cours

Biostatistics and Epidemiology Concentration - Total Credits: 18


Students are required to take the following courses - Total Credits: 15

    EAB 700 - Research Methods for Public Health
    EAB 715 - Chronic Disease Epidemiology
    EAB 725 - Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
    EAB 763 - Linear Statistical Models
    EAB 783 - Multivariate Methods for the Health Sciences
    Students may select from one or two of the following - Total Credits: 3-6

EOH 705 - Social Epidemiology

    EAB 720 - Grant Writing for Epidemiology and Public Health Research

EAB 795 - Special Topics in Epidemiolog and Biostatistics

    EAB 796 - Independent Study in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    EAB Epidemiological Surveillance(3 credits)
    EAB 716 - The Epidemiology of Obesity
    EOH 775 - Injury Epidemiology
    EAB 733 - Survey Sampling for the Health Sciences
    EAB 735 - Outbreak Investigation
    EAB 753 - Nonparametric Statistics for Public Health
    EAB 743 - Experimental Design for the Health Sciences
    EAB 773 - Survival Analysis for Public Health
    Required Capstone Project - Total Credits: 3-6
    * Students must receive prior approval from their committee before registering for any capstone experience.
    EAB 793 - Internship in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    EAB 794 - Professional Paper in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    EAB 798 - Thesis Research in Epidemiology and Biostatistics