Academic Programs

Master of Science in Public Health

The MSPH is an academic research degree designed for students who wish to prepare for further study at the doctoral level, or to prepare for research or technical positions in government, industry, academia, or private institutions. Studies will include many of the core disciplines included in the MPH degree with an additional emphasis on advanced research methods and quantitative analysis skills.

We are committed to transmitting the skill sets necessary to conduct effective public health research to all our students, understanding that such research may take place in academic, governmental, private sector, and international settings. Experience in public health research often involves similar skill sets as those needed by public health practitioners.

The 45 credit degree consists of 27 credits of core coursework, 12 credits of electives, and 6 credits for the capstone/culminating experience. The MSPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Average Program Duration: 2 years

Number of required credits: 45

The Curriculum

Required Core Courses (22 credits):

  • EPH 600 Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
  • EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics I (4 credits)
  • EPH 602 Medical Biostatistics II (3 credits)
  • EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • EPH 620 Health Education and Behavior (or EPH 614 Introduction to Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) (3 credits)
  • EPH 641 Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • EPH 631 Public Health Administration (or EPH 632 US Health Systems) (3 credits)

Required Methods Courses (6 credits): students must select 2 courses from the following:

  • EPH 604 Clinical Trials (3 credits)
  • EPH 644 Fundamentals of Program Evaluation (3 credits)
  • EPH 647 Community-Based Participatory Research (3 credits)
  • EPH 651 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • EPH 656 Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)
  • BST 625 Statistical Computing (3 credits)


Elective Courses (11 credits):

After completion of the core courses, the student may select courses to fit his/her own area of interest. This allows for personal tailoring of the academic program to fit the student’s individual needs and career goals.

Research Thesis Project (6 credits):

  • EPH 698 Thesis Proposal (3 credits)
  • EPH 699 Thesis (3 credits)

The public health thesis project requires an individual investigation of a current public health problem and allows the student to demonstrate competency in the development and implementation of a research question. Students will work closely with a faculty project advisor and project committee during their investigation.

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