Master's Degree Requirements

A candidate for the professional master's degree (MPH, MSPH and MPH&TM), must complete a minimum of 42 - 45 credits of course work, a practicum and culminating experience..  

Degree requirements:  All professional degrees (MPH, MSPH and MPH&TM) require the school-wide core requirements. No student may graduate without fulfilling all of the core requirements:

1.    Core Course Requirements: Students must achieve the competencies in the public health core areas.:

  • BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics (3)
  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
  • EPID 6030 Epidemiologic Methods (3)
  • GHSD 6030 Introduction to Health Systems, Management and Policy (3)
  • GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health (3)

Note: TRMD 6010 Biological Basis of Disease (3) is no longer a required core course, but students are expected to have knowledge of basic public health biology. Certain courses require the TRMD 6010 Biological Basis of Disease (3) as a prerequisite. Students may take a challenge exam to determine if they should take TRMD 6010 Biological Basis of Disease (3). The challenge exam is administered just prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

2.    Achieve the program competencies; Each program defines its requirements that include 18- 21 credits of required courses that provide the program competencies. The practicum and culminating experience are tailored to the degree program. 

3.    Complete a practicum (minimum 200 hours) to gain practical experience in the field.

4. Complete a culminating experience that integrates and applies the core and programmatic knowledge and skills in practice settings.


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