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MPH Curriculum


Required MPH Courses
Course Requirement Course # or Equivalent Credit Hours Required Suggested Semester
Seminar in Leadership and Management (beginning Fall 2018) GSPH 5110 1 2nd Year Fall
Scientific Writing and Communication in Public Health GSPH 5230 2 1st Year Fall
Introduction to Social and Behavioral Sciences GSPH 5304 3 1st Year Fall
Introduction to Biostatistics GSPH 5311 3 1st Year Fall
Introduction to Public Health GSPH 5313 3 1st Year Fall
Introduction to Epidemiology GSPH 5307 3  1st Year Spring
Basic Environmental Health Sciences GSPH 5309 3  1st Year Spring
Management and Policy Sciences GSPH 5310 3 1st Year Spring
Community Based Research Methods GSPH 5334 3  1st Year Spring
Applied Practice Experience GSPH 5319 3  1st Year Summer
Issues in Rural Health GSPH 5229 2 2nd Year Fall
Responsible Conduct of Research GSBS 5101 1 1st Year Fall
Integrated Learning Experience GSPH 5399  3 2nd Year
Electives   12 2nd Year
Total Program   Minimum of  45 hours  


Fall Semester: Students will take the first three core courses. An elective may be added as desired. (Part-time students will work with their advisor to develop a course plan)

GSBS 5101: Responsible Conduct of Research (CORE)

Required for all students in GSBS programs, this course will address the regulatory and ethical environment of today's biomedical research as well as such topics as authorships and data management.  The class format is lecture and class discussion. 

GSPH 5230: Scientific Writing and Communication in Public Health (CORE)

This two-credit hour course applies an active, participatory approach to help public health and health care professionals learn how to better communicate more effectively both in written communications and oral presentations. Students will work in small groups to critique and peer review each other’s written assignments as well as practice oral presentations. Free-form in-class discussions enable class members to learn from one another’s experiences. The course focuses on writing and presenting to different audiences, including other public health or health care professionals, stakeholders, and the general public.

GSPH 5304: Introduction to Social and Behavioral Sciences (CORE)

This core course focuses on the behavioral sciences and their influence on public health.  As a core course, this is an overview. We will briefly cover many aspects of the behavioral sciences, including individual, community, organizational, and social impacts on health. We will focus on the ecological model of health and discuss social determinants of health. 

GSPH 5311: Introduction to Biostatistics (CORE)

This course will introduce students to basic biostatistics as used in public health practice.  Students will learn to describe, measure, and analyze public health problems.  Prerequisite: Leveling exam required for all students registered for course.

GSPH 5313: Introduction to Public Health (CORE)

This introductory course will explore the history of public health, the successes and challenges faced by public health practitioners over the years, and the current trends in public health in the United States. Students will learn the core competencies of public health and the essential functions of public health, and how public health is practiced in the United States.

Spring Semester: Students will take core courses. An elective may be added as desired.

GSPH 5307 Introduction to Epidemiology (CORE)

This core course will introduce students to basic Epidemiology as used in public health practice. Students will learn to describe, measure, and analyze public health problems. They will practice outbreak investigations and learn about epidemiologic research designs.

GSPH 5309: Basic Environmental Health Sciences (CORE)

This course is an overview of the major areas of environmental health and provides students with an understanding of hazards in the environment, the effects of environmental contaminants on health, and various approaches to address major environmental health problems. Areas of emphasis are environmental epidemiology, toxicology, agents of environmental disease and policy and regulation.

GSPH 5310: Management and Policy Sciences (CORE)

The Management and Policy Sciences class presents competencies surrounding leadership development, health service delivery, and health policy formulation.  The main focus will be on the issues in the U.S. health care system, but some global systems will be explored.  The course will include application of principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation.  An historical overview of seminal policy events in U.S. history is explored through competing stakeholder dynamics.

GSPH 5334: Community Based Research Methods (CORE)

In this course we will explore community based research methods in Public Health, including Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). We will discuss the history and principles of community based research, the ethics of this type of research, and methods to involve communities in our research.

Summer Semester: Students should complete the applied practice experience in the summer semester when possible. Students should take at least one elective course in the summer.

GSPH 5319: Applied Practice Experience

The purpose of this course is to allow students to apply the knowledge and skills they are learning to public health problems within a mentored learning experience. Guided by the instructor, students will identify career goals and work interests that can be met within an appropriate public health agency or related entity.  The student will develop a plan, milestones, timeline and metrics that will be used to evaluate their practical experience. Prerequisites: GSPH 5304, 5307, 5309, 5310, 5313, and 5411.


During the second year, students will take the remaining core courses and will complete any electives. The Integrated Learning Experience will be completed in year two. For part-time students, and those students completing a research thesis, more time may be needed to complete the program.

Fall Semester: Students will complete remaining core courses and desired electives.

GSPH 5229: Issues in Rural Health (CORE)

This course will explore the issues in rural health, including lack of access to care, substance abuse, mental health, farm safety, and unintentional injury. 

GSPH 5110: Seminar in Leadership and Management (CORE)--Beginning Fall 2018

The course will provide the student with the opportunity to learn leadership lessons from the careers of a diverse group of leaders who are successful executives and entrepreneurs from multiple sectors, including public health, hospitals, government, nonprofit. It will present the chance to discuss and reflect on leadership styles, provide exposure to leadership theory, and assist in the development of effective networking skills. It will prepare students for effectively engaging with their peers, personal network, and potential employers. The course will help you appreciate both the science and art involved in leadership--being more strategic in your vision and managing your mission more tactically.  You will be introduced to concepts, metrics, and tools that will augment your effectiveness and improve efficiency.  

Spring Semester: Students will complete remaining core courses and desired electives.

GSPH 5399: Integrated Learning Experience (CORE)

The Integrated Learning Experience requires the student to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice. The student will choose between four alternative integrated learning experiences. The first option is a research thesis. The second option is a public health project. The third option is a comprehensive exam. The fourth option is a capstone course. Prerequisites: GSPH 5304, GSPH 5307, GSPH 5309, GSPH 5310, GSPH 5311, GSPH 5313, and GSPH 5334.

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Student Progress

Per Department of Public Health guidelines, each student is to meet with their advisor after every semester. Please have your evaluation of student progress form when meeting with your advisor.

 Evaluation of Student Progress

MPH Courses Offered by Semester for Fall 2017 - Spring 2023

Please click on the document below to view our projected course offerings for the next five years. Note that these offerings are subject to change. 

5 - Year Course Projection