Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) Degree Programs 2016-17

Master of Science in Public Health

The Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) is an academic research degree designed for those students seeking specialization in one area of public health. The MSPH is offered in Environmental Health/Toxicology, Industrial Hygiene, Applied Epidemiology, Pharmacoepidemiology & Comparative Effectiveness Research, Outcomes Research, and Clinical and Translational Science (with a focus in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Health Behavior).  To view details of each program click on the links below:

These programs combine didactic research instruction and applied research experience in the chosen discipline in order to prepare students for further study toward the PhD or for research or specialized technical positions in government, industry, academia or private institutions.  All MSPH students complete a research project/thesis. All MSPH students take core courses in biostatistics and epidemiology and complete a minimum of 15 hours of methodologic and specialty area courses.  Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in other core public health courses. Individual MSPH programs require additional courses specific to the area of study.  Please refer to the individual program's curriculum information for further details.

MSPH Minimum Requirements

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
BST 611 Biostatistics I 3
BST 612 Biostatistics II 3
EPI 610 Principles of Epidemiologic Research 4

 Additional requirements:

  • A minimum of nine credit hours of research methodologic instruction.
  • A minimum of six credit hours in the area of specialization.
  • A minimum of nine credit hours of research project/thesis work.

Minimum Total Credit Hours Required - vary by department and degree program.


Master of Science in Public Health Degree Competency

Competencies define what a successful learner should know and be able to do upon completion of a particular program or course of study. These statements describe in measurable terms the knowledge, skills and abilities a successful graduate will demonstrate at the conclusion of the program. The relationship between competencies and learning objectives (the incremental learning experiences at the course and experiential levels that lead to the development of the competencies) should be explicit and aligned with the program’s mission, goals and objectives.

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Overview of Public Health

The Overview of Public Health course is a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) required for all Masters of Science (MS), Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students in Public Health programs. The objective of this course is twofold: to provide professional degree students a broad overview of the core areas of public health and to facilitate students' understanding of how their specializations relate to achieving public health's goals. This is a self-paced course that will require you to watch videos, read articles, answer discussion questions, and complete quizzes. Additionally, you must attend three one-hour seminars within the School of Public Health. This course should take approximately 37 hours to complete including time spent reading, watching videos, attending seminars, completing assignments, and taking quizzes. Individual times will vary, of course. Public Health online students may attend public health seminars in their area or view them online to fulfill the seminar requirement.

Admissions Requirement:  Only the students who have been admitted into the MS, MSPH, or PhD program are required to complete the Overview of Public Health Course. Students accepted into the MSPH program who possess a Bachelor of Public Health (BS or BA) or a Master of Public Health (MPH) from a CEPH-accredited institution, may be exempted from completing this course.