Program Requirements

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

Required Courses:

On-Campus MPH-SBS

Core Courses
ENVH 5103Environmental Health3
EPBI 5002Biostatistics3
EPBI 5101Fundamentals of Epidemiology3
HPM 5006Political and Economic Aspects of Health3
HRPR 5001Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions0
SBS 5001Fundamentals of Public Health3
SBS 5102Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior3
SBS 8001Research Methods in Public Health3
SBS 8009Health Psychology3
SBS 8105Health Communication3
SBS 8111Public Health Program Planning3
Specialty Elective
SBS 8005Health Promotion in Vulnerable Populations 13
Additional Electives6
Select two courses from the following:
Maternal and Child Health
Research Seminar in Public Health
Addictions and Dependencies
Obesity: From Genes to Junk Food
M.P.H. Fieldwork Experience
SBS 9289MPH Fieldwork I3
SBS 9389MPH Fieldwork II3
Total Credit Hours45

Online MPH-SBS

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
SBS 5001Fundamentals of Public Health3
SBS 8009Health Psychology3
 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
SBS 8105Health Communication3
 Term Credit Hours6
Spring
SBS 8005Health Promotion in Vulnerable Populations3
SBS 8111Public Health Program Planning3
 Term Credit Hours6
Summer
Electives6
 Term Credit Hours6
Year 3
Fall
SBS 8001Research Methods in Public Health3
SBS 9289MPH Fieldwork I3
 Term Credit Hours6
Spring
SBS 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.

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.