Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)
Sample Behavioral Science and Health Education Concentration Curriculum
(Minimum 36 Credit hours)
+ Behavioral Science and Public Health
Sample Epidemiology Concentration Curriculum
(Minimum 36 Credit hours)
+ Principles of Biostatistics
The Master of Science in Public Health is intended for those with terminal degrees (including MD, DO, DC, DDS, DVM or PhD, licensed to practice in the U.S.) who seek training in population-based research methods to support their clinical research activities. The are two concentrations in the MSPH are Epidemiology and Behavioral Science and Health Education.
- Behavioral Science and Health Education (36 credit hours): This concentration includes core coursework in behavioral science research methods and biostatistics, supplemented by a general course in public health or the health care system, and ethical issues in public health.
- Epidemiology (36 credit hours): This concentration includes core coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics, supplemented by a general course in public health or the health care system, and ethical issues in public health.
Dual Degree Option
- Clinical Psychology: MSPH with PhD in Clinical Psychology (36 credits for MSPH, 93 credits for PhD)
The MS program is designed to give students the research skills needed to incorporate public health into their clinical research activities. As a requirement, 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.
Faculty and Research
Classes for the MS in Public Health are taught by faculty who are internationally recognized as leaders in public health practice. Our faculty have diverse research interests, including:
- Physical Activity
- Injury Prevention
- Community Development
- Health Communication
- HIV/AIDS Prevention
- Global Health
- Exposure Assessment
- Indoor & Outdoor Air Pollution
- Cancer Epidemiology
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
All applications are considered on an individual basis with a balanced approach. For the MS in Public Health, applicants should preferably hold a doctoral degree from an American educational institution (e.g., MD or PhD) in the field of health or a health-related social science.
- An earned PhD or MD degree from an accredited college or university (a transcript from this institution is required).
- 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.
The MS program only accepts applications for the fall semester. The priority deadline for applications to be considered for a scholarship or graduate research assistantship is Feb. 15. Some funding may still be available past Feb. 15.
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