Graduate Programs In Public Health

Master of Public Health (MPH)

The Master of Public Health is a professional, interdisciplinary program that focuses on developing students who excel in using their knowledge of the core competencies to address the most pressing public health issues in today's culturally diverse communities. Students enrolling in the program choose one of three emphases: Environmental Health, Epidemiology, or Sociocultural Diversity and Health. It is expected that students will need 5 academic quarters to fulfill program requirements.

Some or all instruction for all or part of Academic Year 2020-21 may be delivered remotely. Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the Academic Year.

To learn more, visit our MPH website or read our information on Admissions Requirements and Application Deadlines.

Doctoral Programs

The Program in Public Health is pleased to offer three doctoral programs:

Master of Science Degrees*

Master's in Environmental Health Sciences in one of two tracks, (1) Environmental Toxicology and Exposure Science and (2) Risk Assessment. For more information, please visit:

Master's in Epdidemiology. For more information, please visit:

*Please note that these degrees are not yet accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.


Graduate Academic Advising/Student Services

For more information on Graduate Academic Advising or Graduate Student Services, please contact Gabriella Pham by email.

MPH Program Learning Outcomes / Competencies:

  1. Analyze the interrelationships between health risk factors and the susceptibility and vulnerability of populations, using the ecological model and case studies of disease prevention.
  2. Apply descriptive and experimental epidemiologic methods to test for associations between risk factors and disease in populations, and to develop strategies for measuring and curtailing the dissemination of diseases in populations.
  3. Analyze the health of populations by applying biostatistics methods to describe vital health status, for estimation, projections and hypothesis testing.
  4. Analyze the health status of populations on the basis of access health services, cost of care, community structure and governmental policies for the purpose of developing management and policy instruments to prevent disease and improve conditions that support healthy populations.
  5. Apply behavioral and social science theory to analyze contemporary public health problems with the aim of lessening the disease burden on society and promoting health.
  6. Analyze how population exposures to environmental risk factors interfere with human biological systems to produce disease and disability in communities, and apply the analysis to develop strategies for disease prevention and health improvement.
  7. Review, critique, and evaluate public health reports and research articles.
  8. Apply theory, paradigms, principles, and methodologies obtained through formal course work to inform public health practice across community, government, private industry or other institutional settings relevant to public health.

MPH Biostatistics Program Learning Outcomes / Competencies:

  1. Identify the basic concepts of probability and common probability distributions, and understand their foundational connection to statistical methods.
  2. Understand common sampling strategies and statistical models, and how to select and apply them to summarize public health data and make valid inferences.
  3. Analyze moderately complex data using linear and generalized linear models, mixed effects models, and survival analysis.
  4. Develop and execute data analysis plans grounded in statistical theory to address questions in public health, through liaison with other health professionals.
  5. Be able to use a statistical software package to analyze public health data.
  6. Effectively communicate statistical assumptions, methods, and results, both orally and in writing.

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