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Master of Public Health

Student at World Health Assembly
MPH candidate Alissa Desloge attends the World Health Assembly.

The M.P.H. is well suited for individuals from a variety of academic and experience backgrounds seeking a career in public health. The two-year program consists of twenty course units over four semesters and a summer internship. Additionally, students are required to complete a Master’s thesis or capstone course. The program, which offers students specialization in one of our departments or the Health Care Management Program, ensures a solid grounding in the basic and applied sciences, and also provides students with learning experiences in the field.

Many students at complement their departmental studies through a variety of interdisciplinary concentrations, tracks and programs. We encourage you to explore ways to customize and enhance your degree.

Core Curriculum MPH

The core curriculum for the MPH program consists of 5 courses, the Professional Skills Seminar and an Introduction to Ethics and Public Health. Our foundational classes in biostatistics, epidemiology, social and structural determinants of health inequities, and health policy and health care systems ground students with the breadth of skill sets and perspectives essential to careers in public health. "Major Health Threats" is an interdisciplinary, team-taught course that uses a combination of lectures, case studies, and vignette approaches. Students learn to actively apply concepts, hone data interpretation skills, and frame research and health solution projects.

Core Curriculum for the Traditional Two-Year M.P.H. Degree

  • EPH 505a - Biostatistics in Public Health (not required for BIS)
  • EPH 507a - Social Justice and Health Equity
  • EPH 513b - Social, Environmental, and Biological Determinants of Major Health Threats
  • EPH 508a - Foundations of Epidemiology and Public health
  • EPH 515a - Ethics and Public Health: An Introduction
  • EPH 510a - Health Policy and Health Care Systems

    MPH Foundational Competencies

    Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health

    1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
    2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
    3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
    4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice

    Public Health & Health Care Systems

    1. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
    2. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels

    Planning & Management to Promote Health

    1. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
    2. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
    3. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
    4. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
    5. Select methods to evaluate public health programs

    Policy in Public Health

    1. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence 13. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
    2. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
    3. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity


    1. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
    2. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges


    1. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
    2. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
    3. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content

    Interprofessional Practice

    1. Perform effectively on interprofessional teams

    Systems Thinking

    1. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue