Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 45

Required Courses:

College Core Course
HRPR 5001Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions 10
Public Health Core Courses
ENVH 5103Environmental Health3
EPBI 5002Biostatistics3
EPBI 5101Fundamentals of Epidemiology3
HPM 5006Political and Economic Aspects of Health3
SBS 5001Fundamentals of Public Health3
SBS 5102Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior3
Health Policy and Management Courses
HPM 5016Public Health Advocacy3
or HPM 8015 Public Health Policy and Legal Issues
HPM 8008Health Economics3
HPM 8013Research Methods in Health Policy3
Concentration Courses 212
M.P.H. Fieldwork Experience
HPM 9289MPH Fieldwork I3
HPM 9389MPH Fieldwork II3
Total Credit Hours45

This common College Core course is required of all incoming graduate students in the College of Public Health. It is available completely online and designed such that students can complete the modules at their own pace over the course of their degree program.


Students may elect to complete one of two optional concentrations or, alternately, to complete neither concentration in its totality. In the latter case, the student selects four courses from the course menus for both concentrations. The approved electives are delineated in the grids below:

Health Leadership Concentration

Select four of the following:12
HIM 5106
Technology for Population Health
HIM 5111
Technology for Healthcare Financial Management
HPM 5015
Leadership and Management in Public Health Organizations
HPM 5122
Healthcare Quality and Safety
Elective 1
Total Credit Hours12

An alternate elective may be selected with the approval of the Program Director.

Health Policy Concentration

Select four of the following:12
HPM 5007
Principles of Emergency Management
HPM 5016
Public Health Advocacy
HPM 5107
Forced Migration and Refugee Health
HPM 5111
Community Outreach in Public Health
HPM 5202
Man-Made Disasters: Radiological, Chemical and Biological Terrorism
HPM 8014
Comparative Health Policy
Elective 1
Total Credit Hours12

An alternate elective may be selected with the approval of the Program Director.

Internship: An internship is required as part of a student's M.P.H. fieldwork. Part-time fieldwork experiences are available for full-time employees.

Culminating Events:
Fieldwork Practicum:
M.P.H. fieldwork requires a student to synthesize and integrate the knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice through an internship or practicum experience with a public health agency, health services organization, or under the supervision of a faculty preceptor. The M.P.H. fieldwork experience serves as the culminating event as required by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the accrediting body of all U.S. schools of public health, for completion of the Master of Public Health degree. In addition, this culminating experience provides the student with the opportunity to develop expertise in a topic area and to contribute original and independent observations to a body of knowledge.

For the culminating experience to fulfill the requirements of HPM 9289 and HPM 9389, M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management students are expected to complete a fieldwork experience, which enables them to:

  • Apply knowledge and methods in planning, leading, organizing, administering, and evaluating systems, programs, and policies to address health problems that impact populations in the context of the multilevel structures (global, national, state, local, community, agency, organization, group, team, dyad).
  • Create and communicate a shared vision for a changing future.
  • Champion solutions to organizational and community challenges.
  • Energize commitment to goals.
  • Demonstrate ethical choices, values, and professional practices implicit in public health decisions.
  • Consider the effect of choices on community stewardship, equity, social justice, and accountability.
  • Commit to personal and institutional development.
  • Recognize system-level properties that result from dynamic interactions among human and social systems and how they affect the relationships among individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and environments.
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of organizations and/or policies that address health problems/issues.
  • Use the understanding of the policymaking and policy implementation processes to achieve improvements in the health status of populations.
  • Describe the attributes of leadership in public health.

A final paper is the required deliverable for the M.P.H. fieldwork requirement. Students must also demonstrate their proficiency and the application of theory and principles in the paper and demonstrate mastery of the required competencies during the oral defense. The evaluation of the M.P.H. fieldwork practicum experience, therefore, is integrated into the culminating experience requirement.