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  Sep 24, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)



Degree requirements


A total of 42 semester hours is required to complete this degree offered through the Public Health  graduate program. The program is a professional degree that requires a core of public health courses (15 credit hours), a field experience or master’s thesis (6 credit hours), and an area of emphasis determined by the student’s program committee (21 credit hours). An area of emphasis may be selected from food safety and biosecurity, infectious diseases/zoonoses, public health human nutrition, or public health physical activity.

Public health core (15 credit hours)


Area of emphasis (21 credit hours)


Select from one of these four areas. The 21 credit hours required for each emphasis area are listed below.

• Food Safety and Biosecurity
• Infectious Diseases and Zoonoses
• Public Health Nutrition
• Public Health Physical Activity

Food Safety and Biosecurity


Minimum 2 credit hours from the following:

Infectious Diseases and Zoonoses


In addition to the core courses (15 credit hours) and field experience (6 hours) or thesis research and field experience (9 hours), students must complete credit hours from the Infectious Diseases and Zoonoses emphasis area as outlined below to fulfill the 42 credit hour requirement for the MPH degree.  Substitutions may be approved by the major professor, supervisory committee, and the MPH Program director. 

3-4 credit hours from the following:

Select remaining courses needed (0-4 hours) from any of the courses listed above.

Public Health Nutrition


In addition to the core courses (15 credit hours) and field experience (6 hours) or thesis research and field experience (9 hours), students must complete credit hours from the Public Health Nutrition emphasis area as outlined below to fulfill the 42 credit hour requirement for the MPH degree. Substitutions may be approved by the major professor, supervisory committee, and the MPH Program director.

Public Health Physical Activity


7-10 credit hours from the following:

Required “Public Health Practice” (3, 4 or 6 hours)


Field experience (6 hours); OR a combined field experience (4 hours) and master’s report (2 hours); OR a combined master’s thesis (6 hours) and field experience (3 hours)  

  • MPH 840 – Public Health Field Experience credits (3, 4 or 6 hours)
  • DMP, FDSCI, HN or KIN 898 – Master’s Report credits (var.) plus MPH 840 for 4 hrs
  • DMP, FDSCI, HN or KIN 899 – Master’s Thesis credits (var.) plus MPH 840 for 3 hrs