Degree Requirements

Students in the Comprehensive Program must complete the number of electives necessary to earn a minimum of 45 semester hour credits. Students in the Professional Enhancement Program must complete the number of electives necessary to earn a minimum of 42 semester hour credits. The PEP program is intended for students with a minimum of 3 years of full-time public health professional experience. Full-time public health experience would not include clinical work, laboratory work or research (with the exception of applied research). If you feel you have sufficient background to justify PEP status, you must apply for that status at the same time you submit your initial program proposal. PEP status will not be considered after your first semester in the program. In order to apply for PEP status, you must provide an updated resume/CV to your faculty advisor. If your faculty advisor agrees you are a candidate for PEP status, then you must write a statement reflecting how your public health background is consistent with the CHS divisional mission and goals. Your faculty advisor will submit your statement and program proposal to the CHS Academic Coordinator, who will provide it to the CHS Curriculum Committee and Division Director for review. You will be notified if you qualify for PEP status at the beginning of your second term. Both programs are designed for completion in 2 years when enrolled full-time.

MPH Student Handbook

School-Wide Core Requirements (18-20 semester hours)

  • IPHS 401 – Determinants of Population Health (4 semester hours)
  • IPHS 403 – Public Health Systems, Policy and Management (4 semester hours)
  • IPHS 650 – Applied Practice Experience in Public Health (3 to 5 semester hours)
  • IPHS 698 – Integrative Learning Experience (1 semester hours)
  • IPHS 420 – Interprofessional Education (0 semester hours)

A total of six semester hours must be completed from the following courses:

  • IPHS 402 – Analytic and Research Methods in Public Health (onsite)  (6 semester hours)


  • IPHS 404 – Analytic and Research Methods in Public Health Part 1 (online)  (3 semester hours)
  • IPHS 405 – Analytic and Research Methods in Public Health Part 2 (online)  (3 semester hours)

Divisional Core Requirements (15 semester hours)

Required Courses

  • CSHC 421 – Community Health 1: Assessing, Promoting and Improving Community Health (4 semester hours)
  • CHSC 422 – Community Health 2: Evidence-Informed Community Health Interventions (4 semester hours)
  • CHSC 423 – Community Health 3: Professional Development in Public Health Practice (4 semester hours)

Elective Course

Choose one of the following three courses:

  • CHSC 430 – Public Health Policy and Advocacy (3 semester hours)
  • CHSC 527 – Critical Issues in Long Term Care Policy (3 semester hours)
  • CHSC 543 – MCH Policy and Advocacy (3 semester hours)


At least 9 semester hours must be earned in an approved concentration.  Any additional courses needed to earn the minimum semester hours required for the MPH are to be approved by your faculty advisor; the Comprehensive Program requires 45 total semester hours, and the Professional Enhancement Program requires 42 total semester hours.