The Master of Science in Public Health at the College for Public Health and Social Justice is designed for those with terminal degrees, who seek training in population-based research methods to support their clinical research activities.
Two concentrations are available for MSPH students: Epidemiology and Behavioral Science & Health Education.
MSPH students complete a research project that incorporates the principles of behavioral science and health education or epidemiology, depending on the student's 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:
All applications are considered on an individual basis. For the MSPH, applicants must hold a doctoral degree (including MD, DO, DC, DDS, DVM or PhD, licensed to practice in the US) from an accredited US educational institution. Dual degree students will earn their PhD concurrent with the MSPH.
The MSPH program only accepts applications for the fall semester.
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)
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.
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)
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.
(Minimum 36 Credits)
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.
Dr. Darcell P. Scharff
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs