The MPH degree requires a 42-unit course of study, encompassing the five core disciplines of public health: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Science, Health Policy and Management, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The core public health curriculum is comprised of the following courses:
- Biostatistics (3 units)
- Behavioral and Social Aspects of Public Health (3 units)
- Epidemiology (3 units)
- Health Policy & Management (3 units)
- Environmental Health (3 units)
Total: 15 units
In addition, students will gain depth through coursework in a chosen specialized public health track in either Community Health or Global Health. For the Culminating Experience, MPH students are required to complete a 400 hour field study, which integrates core skills and knowledge acquired during the Program’s didactic phase in a public health setting. The Public Health Program has successfully developed collaboration with local departments of health, community organizations and non-governmental organizations engaged in public health activities, which provide our students an abundant number of sites from which to gain field study experience. In addition, the Program has maintained well-established partnerships with institutions in Bolivia, Cambodia, and Ethiopia, which serve to provide students opportunities to engage in public health practice internationally. Following the field study, students complete the Capstone Course — the integration of coursework and field experience. Students choose an applied project, consisting of a formal written manuscript and public presentation; or a comprehensive exam demonstrating their mastery and ability to integrate and apply core public health principles to issues that may confront public health professionals.
Program Length: The MPH Program can be completed in a minimum of four (4) academic semesters via full-time study. Part-time students must complete the program within 5 years. Students typically complete the program within approximately two years.
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