School of Public Health

Master of Public Health (MPH)

graduation dayEmbark on a career in health promotion and disease prevention through epidemiologic practice and research. Coursework, practicum placement, and a faculty mentored thesis give you the training and experience necessary to find success after graduation improving public health in clinical, academic, government, and industry settings.

Program Outline
The 63-credit-hour program is typically finished in six quarters of coursework (2 years). It begins in autumn quarter and requires on-site attendance for the majority of the program. You and your peers will move through the core requirements together, with a few exceptions resulting from curricular differences between each of the Epi MPH track options detailed below. Faculty and staff will help you make important connections with partner departments and agencies. Our MPH program is designed to provide you with competency in a wide variety of areas that will prepare you for a career in public health practice and research.

To learn about the details of the MPH program, look at our Epi MPH Student Handbook.

The MPH includes coursework in epidemiology, biostatistics, health services and environmental health; a practical experience in a public health agency (practicum); and completion of a research-based master's thesis. Practicum placements and thesis research often involve working with our partner institutions, which include renowned local health agencies, hospitals, private and community health centers, and other regional programs.

You may apply for one of three tracks: General Epidemiology, Maternal and Child Health, or Global Health.

The MPH General Track combines broad training in public health with specific training in the principles and methods of epidemiology. The General Track is our most flexible MPH program, allowing you to tailor the degree to your specific interests through elective coursework and a thesis.

The Global Health Track provides the technical and cultural skills needed to pursue a career that concentrates on health in developing countries, including research into the causes and preventive factors for disease or program evaluation. A variety of opportunities exist for international health research and internships (practica).

The Global Health Track differs from the Global Health Department MPH in that it focuses on epidemiologic methods, statistical analysis, and determinants of health and disease etiology, in addition to training in program development and policy analysis.

The Maternal Child Health/Women’s Health (MCH) track provides training in epidemiological methods with a focus on women, children, adolescents, and families in the United States. Upon graduation, you will have the skills necessary to pursue opportunities in research, data analysis, and dissemination of public health messages. Below are a few examples of MCH faculty and student research topics . For more information on additional areas of study within this track visit the MCH website.
Women’s Reproductive Health:

  • HPV, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
  • Contraception and pregnancy planning 
  • Pregnancy outcomes
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Gynecologic cancer

Child and Adolescent Health:

  • Early life origins of disease and lifecourse perspective
  • Social determinants of health and high-risk health behaviors
  • Adolescent mental health

Funding is available to offset tuition costs, support practicum projects and assist with thesis expenses for qualified students. Find out more


The Department attracts students nationally and internationally and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. You must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher by the time of entry.

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