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Master of Science in Public Health

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The Master of Science in Public Health degree program is designed for those who are interested in improving their research skills related to a specific public health content area: behavioral science and health education, epidemiology, or environmental and occupational health.

MSPH students complete a research project that incorporates the principles of their chosen concentration. These projects allow students to prepare a manuscript of publishable quality.

Classes for the MSPH are taught by faculty who are internationally recognized as leaders in public health research and practice. Our faculty have diverse research interests, including:

  • Physical Activity
  • Injury Prevention
  • Community Development
  • Health Communication
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention
  • Global Health
  • Cancer Epidemiology

Admission Requirements

Applicants interested in behavioral science and health education OR epidemiology must have a terminal degree (including M.D., D.O., D.C., D.D.S., D.V.M. or Ph.D. and licensed to practice in the U.S.) and a research project that can be used for the culminating experience.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements above, applicants should prepare:

  • A résumé or curriculum vitae and a one to two page, double-spaced essay describing interests in the field, career goals and objectives. 
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to evaluate an applicant's potential for success in the program. 

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Concentrations

Behavioral Science and Health Education: This concentration includes core coursework in behavioral science research methods, supplemented by a general course in public health and ethical issues in public health. (36 credit hours)

Epidemiology: This concentration includes core coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics, supplemented by a general course in public health. (36 credit hours)

Dual Degree 

Clinical Psychology: MSPH in behavioral science and health education with PhD in Clinical Psychology (36 credits for MSPH, 90 credits for PhD).
The minimum total credit-hours required to complete both degrees: 99.

Competency-Based Education

Competencies are student outcomes - both knowledge and skills - that are specific to the degree and to the area of study. They reflect the knowledge and skills that we strive to develop in our students and form the basis of our evaluation of each student's achievement.

  • MSPH 1: Identify gaps in current scientific knowledge and develop appropriate research questions.
  • MSPH 2: Apply appropriate methods of study design to address research questions.
  • MSPH 3: Apply ethical principles in the conduct of research on human subjects.
  • MSPH 4: Conduct and interpret basic descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • MSPH 5: Produce scholarly reports of research and/or programmatic findings.

Concentration Curricula and Competencies

Behavioral Science and Health Education Concentration (Minimum 36 Credits)

Competencies

  • BSHE 1: Apply conceptual models and theories at multiple ecological levels (intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community and policy).
  • BSHE 2. Examine risk factors and determinants of specific health threats at multiple ecological levels.
  • BSHE 3. Assess needs, assets, resources and capacity for social and behavioral science interventions at multiple levels (intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community and policy).
  • BSHE 4. Plan theory and evidence-based interventions (program/policy/environmental change) to improve health.
  • BSHE 5. Develop programs, policies and environmental strategies that address social determinants.
  • BSHE 6. Conduct evaluations (process, impact, and outcome) of public health related interventions using multiple methods.

Curriculum

  • Applied Data Management
  • Behavioral Science and Public Health
  • Ethical Issues in Public Health
  • Health Promotion Program Evaluation
  • Introduction to General Linear Modeling
  • Mission and Practice of Global Public Health
  • Principles of Biostatistics
  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • 3 Methods Electives
  • Capstone in Behavioral Science and Health Education
  • Research Project

Epidemiology Concentration (Minimum 36 Credits)

Competencies

  • EPI 1: Develop appropriate study designs and analytical strategies to test epidemiologic hypotheses.
  • EPI 2: Accurately interpret epidemiologic data.
  • EPI 3. Appropriately communicate epidemiologic findings.
  • EPI 4. Use data to describe the health of populations.
  • EPI 5. Critically analyze the epidemiologic literature.

Curriculum

  • Categorical Data Analysis
  • Epidemiology Methods II
  • Introduction to General Linear Modeling
  • Mission and Practice of Global Public Health
  • Principles of Biostatistics
  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Statistical Programming and Study Planning
  • Survival Data Analysis
  • 3 Methods Electives
  • Capstone in Epidemiology
  • Research Project

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