Program Requirements

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

Required Courses:

On-Campus MPH-HPM

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

Health Leadership Concentration

Select four of the following:12
Technology for Population Health
Technology for Healthcare Financial Management
Leadership and Management in Non-Profit Organizations
Healthcare Quality and Safety
Elective 1
Total Credit Hours12

Health Policy Concentration

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

Online MPH-HPM

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
HPM 5014Leadership and Management in Non-Profit Organizations3
SBS 5001Fundamentals of Public Health3
 Term Credit Hours6
Spring
EPBI 5101Fundamentals of Epidemiology3
HPM 5006Political and Economic Aspects of Health3
 Term Credit Hours6
Summer
EPBI 5002Biostatistics3
SBS 5102Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior3
 Term Credit Hours6
Year 2
Fall
ENVH 5103Environmental Health3
HIM 5106Technology for Population Health3
 Term Credit Hours6
Spring
HPM 8112Public Health Program Evaluation3
SBS 8111Public Health Program Planning3
 Term Credit Hours6
Summer
HPM 8008Health Economics3
HPM 8015Public Health Policy and Legal Issues3
 Term Credit Hours6
Year 3
Fall
HPM 9289MPH Fieldwork I3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours6
Spring
HPM 9389MPH Fieldwork II3
 Term Credit Hours3
 Total Credit Hours: 45

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.