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Degree Requirements

MPH Student Handbook

MPH Student Experiences Heading link

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

    • 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 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)

Required Non-Credit Training Heading link

Divisional Core Requirements (12 semester hours) Heading link

  • 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)

Maternal and Child Health Concentration Requirements (21 to 26 semester hours) Heading link

  • CHSC 510 – MCH Inequities and Responses I (4 semester hours)
  • CHSC 511 – MCH Inequities and Responses II (4 semester hours)
  • CHSC 543 – Maternal and Child Health Policy and Advocacy (3 semester hours)
  • CHSC 512 – Translating Evidence for Maternal and Child Health Practice (3 semester hours)
  • MCH Elective (2 semester hours)

Select one of the following Research Methods courses:

  • CHSC 434 – Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Public Health (3 semester hours)
  • CHSC 446 – Research Methods in Community Health (3 semester hours)
  • EPID 404 – Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods (4 semester hours)

Select one of the following Data Analysis courses:

  • BSTT 413 – Introduction to Data Analysis with R (2 semester hours)
  • DHD 546 – Qualitative Methods in Disability Research (4 semester hours)
  • EPID 406 – Epidemiologic Computing (3 semester hours)
  • EPSY 542 – Advanced Analytic Research Methods (4 semester hours)

Electives Heading link

Students are required to take one MCH related elective, and enough additional electives necessary to earn a minimum of 51 SH credits. MCH electives offered each semester vary. Other courses within SPH and in other departments or colleges may also meet this requirement. Check with your advisor and/or the Assistant Director of the Center of Excellence in MCH to see if an elective meets the MCH concentration requirement.

A list of suggested electives is available at the MCH program website

Professional Development Requirements Heading link

SPH Career and Professional Development Workshops: MCH MPH Students are required to attend two workshops/events sponsored by the Office of Career Services during their academic careers.

MCH Leadership Coaching: MPH MCH students will be required to schedule two leadership coaching sessions with the MCH Leadership Coach throughout the course of their program. It is recommended that one session be scheduled per academic year.

MCH Alumni Mentorship Program: All MCH MPH students will be matched in the second year of their MPH program with an MCH alumni mentor based on long-term career goals and public health interests. MCH students will be required to meet with their MCH alumni mentors on a regular basis and to participate in CoE professional and career development workshops.