Program Requirements

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

Required Courses:

Core Courses
ENVH 5103Environmental Health3
EPBI 5002Biostatistics3
EPBI 5101Fundamentals of Epidemiology3
or EPBI 5201 Epidemiological Research Methods I
HPM 5006Political and Economic Aspects of Health3
HPM 8112Public Health Program Evaluation3
HRPR 5001Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions0
SBS 5001Fundamentals of Public Health3
SBS 5102Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior3
SBS 8105Health Communication3
or SBS 5009 Risk Communication and Public Health
SBS 8111Public Health Program Planning3
Specialty Elective3
Select one of the following:
EPBI 8011
Social Epidemiology
SBS 8004
Understanding Stress and Change
SBS 8009
Health Psychology
Additional Electives 19
M.P.H. Fieldwork Experience
SBS 9289MPH Fieldwork I3
SBS 9389MPH Fieldwork II3
Total Credit Hours45

Electives include SBS 8005 Health Promotion in Vulnerable Populations (3 s.h.), SBS 8006 Addictions and Dependencies (3 s.h.), and SBS 8018 Obesity: From Genes to Junk Food (3 s.h.). Students may select other electives with the approval of a faculty advisor.

Internship: An internship is required as part of a student's M.P.H. fieldwork.

Culminating Events:
Fieldwork Practicum:
The M.P.H. fieldwork practicum is the capstone experience of the M.P.H. educational program and takes place over two terms during the student’s final year in the program. The fieldwork practicum requires a student to synthesize and integrate the knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a placement that approximates some aspect of professional practice. The internship or practicum experience occurs in a public health agency or under the supervision of a faculty preceptor and in conjunction with two semester courses (SBS 9289 and SBS 9389) taught by department faculty. The M.P.H. fieldwork experience is 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 M.P.H. 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 SBS 9289 and SBS 9389, M.P.H. in Social and Behavioral Sciences students are expected to complete a fieldwork experience, which enables them to:

  • Explain the contributions of social and behavioral sciences to public health.

  • Describe health problems, including their social, cultural, environmental, and behavioral causes.

  • Ensure that social and behavioral science theories and concepts are used in planning and evaluating public health programs.

  • Use behavioral science and health promotion methods in planning/evaluating public health programs.

  • Apply ethical principles to public health program planning, implementation, and evaluation.

  • Identify multiple targets and levels of intervention for social and behavioral science programs and/or policies, including individual, family, network, organizational, community, policy, physical environment, and culture.

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.