Public Health is an exciting field that offers students numerous career choices. The knowledge base for public health is derived from a variety of disciplines, ranging from social sciences to biological sciences, business and law, brought together by a commitment to improve the public's health. Public health professionals work in concert with other health professionals including those in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and allied health fields to address issues from quality health care to community interventions and policies that affect the entire society. With its focus on health promotion and disease prevention, Public Health provides a critical foundation for health and health care in our nation and around the world. At the College of Public Health we offer five degrees in a variety of concentrations to provide educational opportunities and solid preparation for careers that will ultimately improve the health of communities locally and globally.
- The Master in Public Health (M.P.H.) is the primary professional degree in public health. The program provides a set of skills and principles essential for students who intend to apply their training in a professional setting, provide leadership in a specific health specialty, and improve and protect the health and well being of populations.
- The Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) provides a focus in research design, data collection, analysis and application of research in public health intended to improve and protect the health of populations. The program is designed for students with good quantitative and/or qualitative skills and an interest in the science of public health and a comprehensive research experience.
- The Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) prepares students for private and public sector leadership positions. In addition to the five core areas of public health, the curriculum helps students develop skills and knowledge in basic business disciplines with application to health services; a clinical and community perspective and professional skills.
- The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is granted in recognition of high attainment in a specified field of knowledge. It is a research degree and is not conferred solely upon the earning of credit or the completion of courses. It is granted after the student has shown proficiency and distinctive achievement in a specific field, has demonstrated the ability to do original, independent investigation, and has presented these findings with a high degree of literary skill in a dissertation.
The Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) is a professional, practice-oriented degree which is granted in recognition of the attainment of a broad set of practice, analytic and evaluative skills, including demonstrated public health leadership skills. Emphasis is placed on proficiency in policy development and health policy strategies, public health leadership and management of health programs.
Dual degrees combine a Public Health degree with a degree from another area of study. Following are the dual degree options available for each department or program. Dual degree options vary by Public Health concentration. If you are interested in a dual degree, please read the description carefully.
Recommended Pre-Requisite Knowledge
Prerequisite Knowledge for All Degree Programs: (1) Computer skills (2) Survey of Human Disease course or equivalent (3) Other prerequisites may be required by individual departments or concentrations
Community & Family Health: Physiology, Chemistry, Child Development, Educational Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology
Environmental & Occupational Health: General Chemistry and Lab (2 semesters), Introductory Biology and Lab, Advanced Algebra, Calculus, Physics, Organic Chemistry, Technical and/or Physical Science, Introductory Statistics
Epidemiology: College Algebra, Human Structure and Function, Human Health Biology
Biostatistics: Linear Algebra, Calculus (2), Human Health, Biology
Global Health: Chemistry and Lab (2 semesters), Introductory Biology and Lab Zoology, Biochemistry, Biochemistry Lab (optional), Microbiology Lab (optional), Immunology Lab (optional)
Health Policy & Management: Microelectronics, Political Science, Sociology, Health Care Administration, Public Policy, Statistics, Accounting (required for MHA and some MPH tracks)
Public Health Practice: Three years of full time professional experience in a health related field, Computer applications (internet, spreadsheet skills)