Jan 20, 2022  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health

311 Trotter Hall

Director of graduate studies:

Michael Cates

Graduate faculty:

Laura Brannon, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
*Deborah D. Canter, Ph.D., R.D., University of Tennessee
Michael B. Cates, M.P.H., DVM, University of Texas Health Science Center; Texas A&M University
*Edgar Chambers IV, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Stephen K. Chapes, Ph.D., MPH, University of Illinois
M.M. Chengappa, Ph.D., Michigan State University
*David Dzewaltowski, Ph.D., University of Iowa
*Daniel Y.C. Fung, MSPH, University of North Carolina, Ph.D., Iowa State University
Steven J. Galitzer, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Roman Ganta, Ph.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
Joye C. Gordon, Ph.D., Purdue University
*Rebecca Gould, Ph.D., R.D., Texas Woman’s University
*Katharine K. Grunewald, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Cathleen Alma Hanlon, D.V.M, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
*Mark D. Haub, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Katie Heinrich, Ph.D., University of Missouri, Kansas City
*Mary Meck Higgins, Ph.D., R.D., Iowa State University
Brandon Irwin, Ph.D., Michigan State University
*Curtis L. Kastner, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
*Justin Kastner, Ph.D., University of Guelph
Tandalayo Kidd, Ph.D., LPN, RD, Kansas State University
*Katherine KuKanich, D.V.M., Ph.D., University of Minnesota, University of Tennessee
*Robert L. Larson, DVM, Ph.D, Kansas State University
Brian Lindshield, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Emily Mailey, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
*James L. Marsden, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
Brenda McDaniel, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
*Mary McElroy, Ph.D., University of Maryland
*Beth A. Montelone, Ph.D., University of Rochester
*Derek A. Mosier, D.V.M., Ph.D., Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University
Nancy Muturi, Ph.D., University of Iowa
*T.G. Nagaraja, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Sanjeev Narayanan, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Annelise Nguyen, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Abbey L. Nutsch, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Richard D. Oberst, D.V.M., Ph.D., University of California
Patricia A. Payne, D.V.M, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Paula Peters, Ph.D., Ohio State University
*Randall K. Phebus, Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Sandra B. Procter, Ph.D, R.D., Kansas State University
Ram Raghavan, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Walter Renberg, D.V.M., M.S., Oklahoma State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
*David G. Renter, D.V.M., Ph.D., Kansas State University
Deanna D. Retzlaff, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Richard Rosenkranz, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Sara Rosenkranz, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Michael W. Sanderson, D.V.M., M.S., Colorado State University, Washington State University
*J. Scott Smith, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
*Deon van der Merwe, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
*Weiqun (George) Wang, Ph.D., Nanjing Agricultural University
Melinda Wilkerson, D.V.M., Ph.D., Washington State University
*Ludek Zurek, Ph.D., University of Alberta, Canada

*Denotes graduate faculty that are certified to serve as the major professor for doctoral students.

About the program

Public health is an interdepartmental graduate professional program with faculty participants from many academic departments of the university. The 42 semester hour program is designed to provide graduate-level education for individuals currently employed or anticipating a career in the field of public health. The purpose of public health is to address the physical, mental, social and environmental concerns of communities and populations. Its focus is on prevention of injury and disease in populations while they are still healthy, rather than treating individual patients after they become sick. The field of public health involves programs, strategies, and interventions designed to protect and improve community health through health education, promotion, research, and disease prevention. The final outcome of all public health efforts is to improve the quality of life in communities as well as targeted populations. The MPH program includes the five core areas within the field of public health: environmental health, behavioral sciences/health education, epidemiology, biostatistics, and health services administration. In addition to the five core areas, a student can select an area of emphasis in food safety and biosecurity, infectious diseases/zoonoses, public health nutrition, public health physical activity, or public health nutrition and physical activity.

Application and admission requirements

A complete application file must be received by the Program Director before the deadlines indicated below in order to be considered by the Coordinating Committee for admission. Requests for financial aid applications (assistantships, scholarships, and/or fellowships) should be directed to the designated coordinator in the area of emphasis found on the Graduate School website. The following items constitute a complete application:

  • Completed application for admission to the Graduate School
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official record of the GRE scores sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS)
  • One official copy of transcripts from all universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation from former professors or employers (reference form is on the program website)
  • A narrative letter describing objectives in pursuing the degree and plans for completion of the degree requirements
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, an official record of the TOEFL score sent directly from ETS
  • For international applicants only, a completed affidavit of financial support dated within nine months of desired entry date; Note: substitute documentation other than the affidavit cannot be accepted

To be admitted to the program an applicant must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0, GRE scores (This requirement will be waived for applicants who already hold a graduate degree or a graduate professional degree.), a TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (IBT-internet based) for applicants whose native language is not English.


International students (admitted for Fall Semester only):
January 1 – All application items MUST be in the MPH Program Office

Domestic students and International students who are in the United States:
July 1 – for Fall Semester enrollment
November 1 – for Spring Semester enrollment
April 1 – for Summer Semester enrollment

Financial assistance

Assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships are awarded through individual faculty members in the program or through the participating departments and colleges. The MPH Program, per se, does not have resources for stipends or tuition waivers.


Master of Public Health

Dual Degree

Graduate Certificate


Public Health