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MPH Curriculum


Course RequirementCourse # or EquivalentCredit Hours RequiredSuggested Semester
Responsible Conduct of Research GSBS 5101 1 1st Spring
Public Health in Practice GSPH 5224 2 2nd Fall
Issues in Rural Health GSPH 5229 2 2nd Fall
Social & Behavioral Health Sciences GSPH 5304 3  1st Spring
Introduction to Epidemiology GSPH 5307 3  1st Fall
Basic Environmental Health Sciences GSPH 5309 3 1st Spring
Management and Policy Sciences GSPH 5310 3  1st Spring
Introduction to Public Health GSPH 5313 3  1st Fall
Public Health Practicum GSPH 5320 3 1st Summer
Community Bases Research Methods GSPH 5334 3 2nd Fall
Introduction to Biostatistics GSPH 5411 4 1st Fall
Electives   9 2nd Year
Culminating Experience GSPH 5323 3 2nd Year
Total Program   Minimum of  42 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)

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.


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 5411: 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: College-Level Algebra


SPRING SEMESTER: Students will take core courses. An elective may be added as desired.

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

This 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 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.


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.


SUMMER SEMESTER: Students should complete the practicum in the summer semester when possible. Students should take at least one elective course in the summer.

GSPH 5320: Public Health Practicum

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 5307, GSPH 5411, and GSPH 5313.



During the second year, students will take the remaining core courses, and will complete any electives. The Culminating 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.


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 5224: Public Health in Practice (CORE)

This course will utilize subject matter experts with applied experience will use case studies to illustrate the realities of public health practice.


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.