Public health is an essential function of modern society. It is, in the words of the Institute of Medicine, “What we as a society do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy.”
Public health professionals must deal with myriad issues:
- Prevention and control of disease
- Access to quality healthcare
- Environmental protection
- The health needs of special populations
- Data analysis and evaluation
- Policy planning and administration
- Environmental justice, and
- Health Promotion
While some positions require specialized training, most demand a strong interdisciplinary foundation for practice.
The MPH program strives to provide world-class public health education in the United States and globally, preparing competent public health professionals, to improve health, prevent disease, reduce health disparities, and enhance the quality of life through education, scholarship, and service.
What You Can Do With This Degree
Individuals with a degree in Public Health are professionals who provide vital services to their community in a variety of ways. Those who gain from the skills offered by public health professionals include:
- Public health agencies in federal, state, county, tribal, and local governments.
- Health care providers.
- Community response planners,
- Law enforcement administrators,
- Fire departments,
- And people in private industry.
MPH Degree Requirements
The Master of Public Health degree requires successful completion of 48 semester hours of coursework, which includes a four-hour internship. Online students work with their advisor to determine an appropriate location-based internship.
Students may opt for the General MPH degree or the MPH-Environmental Health concentration. Students must consult with their academic advisors to develop an approved education plan before they will be allowed to register for the first semester.
The MPH generalist degree requires the completion of core courses (all 4-credit hours) plus 20-hours of approved electives.
The MPH-Environmental Health concentration requires the completion of core courses plus two additional core courses and 12 hours of electives.
- MPH 503 Biostatistics for the Health Professional
- MPH 506 Community Health Research
- MPH 511 Foundations of Epidemiology
- MPH 521 Environmental and Occupational Health
- MPH 531 Public Health Policy and Administration
- MPH 561 Community Health Education
- MPH 581 Internship
Total Credit Hours Required: 48 Hours
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