Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 42

Required Courses:

College Core Course
HRPR 5001Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions0
Public Health Core Courses
ENVH 5004Environmental Health1.5
EPBI 5002Biostatistics3
EPBI 5005Applied Analysis of Health1.5
EPBI 5101Fundamentals of Epidemiology3
HPM 5006Political and Economic Aspects of Health3
SBS 5001Fundamentals of Public Health3
SBS 5002Program Planning, Theory, and Practice3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Core Courses
SBS 8001Research Methods in Public Health3
SBS 8009Health Psychology3
SBS 8105Health Communication3
Electives 19
Select three from the following:
Leadership in Crises and Conflict Management
Communication Theory for Professionals
Spatial Analysis in Public Health
Social Epidemiology
Data Management and Analysis
Development Communication Project Design and Management
Research Approaches in Communication, Development and Social Change
Principles of Emergency Management
Leadership and Management in Non-Profit Organizations
Public Information Media Campaigns
Understanding Stress and Change
Maternal and Child Health
Health Promotion in Vulnerable Populations
Addictions and Dependencies
Obesity: From Genes to Junk Food
M.P.H. Fieldwork Experience
SBS 9289MPH Fieldwork I3
SBS 9389MPH Fieldwork II3
Total Credit Hours42

On-Campus Full-Time MPH-SBS

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
EPBI 5101Fundamentals of Epidemiology3
HPM 5006Political and Economic Aspects of Health3
HRPR 5001Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions0
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours9
Spring
SBS 5002Program Planning, Theory, and Practice3
SBS 8009Health Psychology3
SBS 8105Health Communication3
 Term Credit Hours9
Summer
ENVH 5004Environmental Health1.5
EPBI 5002Biostatistics3
EPBI 5005Applied Analysis of Health1.5
SBS 5001Fundamentals of Public Health3
 Term Credit Hours9
Year 2
Fall
SBS 8001Research Methods in Public Health3
SBS 9289MPH Fieldwork I3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours9
Spring
SBS 9389MPH Fieldwork II3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours: 42

 Online MPH-SBS

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
SBS 5001Fundamentals of Public Health3
SBS 5002Program Planning, Theory, and Practice3
 Term Credit Hours6
Spring
EPBI 5101Fundamentals of Epidemiology3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours6
Summer
HPM 5006Political and Economic Aspects of Health3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours6
Year 2
Fall
SBS 8009Health Psychology3
SBS 8105Health Communication3
 Term Credit Hours6
Spring
EPBI 5002Biostatistics3
EPBI 5005Applied Analysis of Health1.5
ENVH 5004Environmental Health1.5
 Term Credit Hours6
Summer
HRPR 5001Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions0
 Term Credit Hours0
Year 3
Fall
SBS 8001Research Methods in Public Health3
SBS 9289MPH Fieldwork I3
 Term Credit Hours6
Spring
SBS 8005Health Promotion in Vulnerable Populations3
SBS 9389MPH Fieldwork II3
 Term Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours: 42

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 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.