Program Requirements

The MPH degree requires 13 credits, no matter which degree option a student chooses.  The curriculum is competency-based and every student must meet core knowledge requirements in biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health services and social and behavioral sciences.  In addition, all students take one credit each in organizational management, research methods, and the Applied Learning Experience.  Every concentration requires concentration specific courses as well.

Students must demonstrate a familiarity with basic biology, either by having taken a one semester biology course as an undergraduate or through successful completion of a free, non-credit, on-line course and examination offered through Carnegie-Mellon University's Open Learning Initiative.  Ideally, this course should be taken in the summer prior to matriculation and no later than the end of the first year of the program. 

The program offers several sections of required courses throughout the year so that students can create schedules that work best for them.  Many classes are offered in the late afternoon or evening, and we have a robust summer session.  MPH students may take up to five years to earn their degrees, although full-time students can finish in as little as three semesters.

Core courses

Knowledge Area

Course Number & Title
(all courses within subject area are equivalent)

Credits

Biostatistics

PH 205 Principles of Biostatistics

1

CEE 194 Principles of Biostatistics

1

NUTR 207 & 307 Statistical Methods for Nutrition Research Policy & Regression Analysis for Nutrition Policy

2

NUTR 209 & 309  Statistical Methods for Nutrition Research I & II

2

Epidemiology

PH 201 Principles of Epidemiology

1

CEE 154 Principles of Epidemiology

1

NUTR 204: Principles of Epidemiology

1

Environmental Health Sciences

PH 204 Occupational and Environmental Health

1

CEE 158 Environmental and Occupational Health

1

Health Services Administration

PH 215 Public Health and Health Care: Politics, Policies, and Programs

1

PH 228 Advanced Health Care Policy Structures & Functions

1

Social & Behavioral Sciences

HCOM 522  Changing Health Behaviors: Healthy People and Communities 

1

NUTR 211 & 218: 1) Theories of Behavior Change and Their Application in Nutrition and Public Health Interventions &  2) Communication Strategies in Health Promotions

2

Management

PH 216:  Health Care Organization Budgeting and Management

NUTR 216: Management, Planning and Control of Nutrition and Health Programs and Organizations (except for Health Services Management and Policy concentration)

1

Research Methods

PH 221: Methods of Public Health Inquiry 

.5

PH 222: Survey Research Methods OR  PH 225: Qualitative Tools for Public Health Research and Programs OR  PH 244: Research Methods in Global Health OR PH 285:  Evaluation of Health Programs

.5

Applied Learning Experience

PH 301:  ALE Planning

.5

PH 302:  ALE Implementation

.5