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 24 credits of core coursework, 15 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
The Curriculum: The total requirements for the major are 45 credits. Coursework requirements for the program include:
Core Courses (24 credits):
EPH 521 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
EPH 501 Medical Biostatistics I
EPH 502 Medical Biostatistics II
EPH 520 Health Education and Behavior
EPH 541 Environmental Health
EPH 631 Public Health Administration
EPH 647 Community-Based Participatory Research
EPH 604 Clinical Trials or EPH 674 Advanced Epidemiology Methods I
Elective Courses (15 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 (6 credits):
The public health research 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.