MPH Curriculum

In addition to meeting all the training requirements in the core competency subjects recommended by the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH), students enrolled in the UCI M.P.H. program will have the opportunity for in-depth pursuit of one of four emphasis areas: Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, or Sociocultural Diversity and Health.

M.P.H. with emphases in Environmental Health, Epidemiology, and Sociocultural Diversity and Heath

The M.P.H. for the Environmental, Epidemiology, and Sociocultural Diversity and Health emphases is a 64-unit program with sixteen courses taken over 5-6 quarters. Ten courses must be taken by all students. In addition, students choose three courses in their emphasis and three elective courses.

M.P.H. with an emphasis in Biostatistics

The M.P.H. in Biostatistics is a 63-unit program consisting of seventeen courses taken over 5-6 quarters. Fourteen courses must be taken by all students. In addition, students choose three elective courses.

Students in all M.P.H. Emphases

For students enrolled full-time, the normative time for completion of the M.P.H. degree is six quarters, and the maximum time permitted is nine quarters. For students enrolled part-time, the normative time is nine quarters, and the maximum is fifteen quarters. All courses required for the M.P.H. must be taken for a letter grade. Any course in which a minimum grade of B is not achieved must be re-taken. Part-time enrollment is allowed. Any substitutions or waivers of degree requirements must be approved in writing by a faculty advisor.

Comprehensive Examination. All M.P.H. students are required to pass the comprehensive exam in order to advance to candidacy. The comprehensive exam is the "Certified in Public Health" (CPH) examination which covers the core areas of knowledge offered in CEPH-accredited schools and programs, as well as cross-cutting areas relevant to contemporary public health. Students who complete all of their core courses are required to take the CPH examination at the beginning of the fall quarter of their second year. Students who do not complete all of their core courses during their first year will be allowed an alternative testing date. In addition, by special petition, students may be approved to take the CPH examination during the spring quarter of their first year. Students must pass the CPH examination before they can be advanced to candidacy for the M.P.H. degree.

Practicum and Culminating Experience. Students are required to complete a supervised internship of 240 hours while registered in the Graduate Practicum and Culminating Experience in Public Health (PUBHLTH 295). The practicum experience follows the completion of all core competency courses, the comprehensive exam and advancement to candidacy. A compendium of approved practicum sites is available online to enrolled M.P.H. students. The student's work at the practicum site will culminate in a comprehensive written report, with a presentation at the departmental poster symposium at the end of the academic year.

If you are a current student and you want to check your degree progress, please call our Graduate Student Affairs Office at (949) 824-7095.


The University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health is pleased to offer its M.D./MPH degree program for rigorous training in core and applied disciplines of public health to individuals with a doctoral-level degree in a field related to public health and to medical students who have completed their third year. The M.D./ M.P.H. is designed for students with a clear vision of their roles in public health. For example, postdoctoral residents and fellows may wish to prepare for leadership positions in organizations that focus on broad population health issues, such as county or regional health departments, community health clinics, or national agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Students may also enter the program to gain skills in translational research-to-practice methodologies and approaches.

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