Public Health (MPH)

Master of Public Health (PH MPH)
Unit: School of Public Health and Information Sciences (GH)
Department: Public Health
Program Webpage: louisville.edu/sphis/academics/mph-program

Program Information

Introduction

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is designed to graduate students with skills in the core competencies in public health and additional competencies in one of the following concentrations: biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, population health management, health policy, health promotion and behavior, or global public health.

Graduates of the MPH program are prepared for positions in the public health work force, in health-related industries, and in academic organizations and for further professional or academic education.

Competencies

The MPH program has adopted a targeted subset of the competencies published by the Association of Schools of Public Health. (ASPH Education Committee Master's Degree in Public Health Core Competency Development Project, Version 2.3)

The learning objectives for each course in the MPH curriculum are mapped to these targeted ASPH competencies.

Concentrations

Concentrations are offered in each of the following areas of public health. Each concentration is designed to develop the competencies needed by a public health worker in the corresponding area.

Concentration Department
Biostatistics Bioinformatics and Biostatistics
Environmental and occupational health Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Epidemiology Epidemiology and Population Health
Population Health management Health Management and Systems Sciences
Health Policy Health Management and System Sciences
Health promotion and behavior Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences
Global Public Health All

Requirements for declaring concentrations in the MPH program after matriculation are:

Concentration Concentration Acceptance Requirements
All Student in good standing in MPH program

Successful completion of core courses

Minimum GPA of 3.0 in core course for targeted
concentration unless otherwise noted below
Biostatistics Declaration of concentration must be made by Nov. 1.

Satisfactory progress in PHST-500 Introduction to Biostatistics at the point of declaration of concentration.

Acceptable quantitative score from at least one of these exams: GRE (at least 50th percentile), GMAT (at least 50th percentile), or DAT (at least 16).

Transcripts showing other college-level mathematics or statistics course.

Instructor recommendation.

Participation in or successful completion of a research project with analytical component.

Exceptions may be granted.
Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Declaration of concentration must be made by Nov. 1st.

Pre-requisites:

Grade of B+ or better in PHEH 500

Transcripts showing training in college-level
biochemistry and molecular or cell biology
Epidemiology Declaration of concentration must be made by Nov. 1.

No additional requirements
Population Health Management Declaration of concentration must be made within the first three weeks of fall semester classes.

Review of application.

Interview of applicant by HMSS Health Leadership Committee.

For undeclared or transferring students, in order to be considered for the Population Health Management concentration, you must be enrolled in PHMS 680 Health Management Leadership Seminar for fall I semester.
Health Policy Declaration of concentration must be made by Nov. 1.

Review of application

Interview of applicant by HMSS Health Leadership Committee

No additional requirements for undeclared or transferring students.
Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences Declaration of concentration must be made by Nov. 1.

No additional requirements
Global Public Health Declaration of concentration must be made by Nov. 1.

No additional requirements

Admission Requirements

The ideal candidate for admission to the MPH program has received the equivalent of a bachelor's degree or higher, can comprehend and communicate effectively in English, has the recommendations of at least three persons in a health-related or advanced education field, has performed satisfactorily on one or more standardized test, and is interested in pursuing a career in public health or a related field.

The requirements for admission to the MPH program are:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or its equivalent
  • Recommended minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • If candidate's primary language is not English, one of the following:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam with a minimum score of 90 (after conversion for test type)
    • Passing an advanced level Intensive English as a Second Language program.
    • Degree from an accredited U.S. institution (requires provisional admission with evaluation of English language competency and potential requirement to pass an advanced level Intensive English as a Second Language program)

Applicants must apply through the Centralized Application Service for Public Health (SOPHAS) at SOPHAS.org.

Students graduating from the University of Louisville and planning to attend the MPH program can apply directly to the School of Public Health and Information Sciences.

An application is considered after the following requirements have been received:

  • Three letters of recommendation written within the last twelve months.
  • Official transcripts of all degrees.
  • One-page personal statement written by the applicant that is a clear, substantive description of his or her goals in public health, noting any professional or research experience.
  • Official score from any of the following standardized tests: GRE*, MCAT, DAT, GMAT, or LSAT.
  • International applicants: Foreign credential evaluation of all degrees from non-U.S. institutions. Please contact the MPH program prior to completing this requirement.
  • Students applying with a concentration in Population Health Management or Health Policy must be interviewed by the HMSS Health Leadership Committee.

* The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants to the MPH Program who have four or more years of public health related experience.  Each department determines what constitutes such experience for their discipline.  Applicants interested in applying for a GRE waiver should contact the relevant department.

For information on the application process, please contact:

MPH Program
School of Public Health and Information Sciences

University of Louisville
485 East Gray Street
Louisville, KY 40202
sphismph@louisville.edu
Phone: (502) 852-3289

Fax: (502) 852-3294

Faculty Advisor

On matriculation, each student is assigned a faculty advisor and is requested to meet at least twice each semester with his or her advisor. Advisors are available to address general academic and public health questions and to assist the student in declaration of his or her area of concentration.

After admission into a concentration, each student is assigned a faculty advisor from the department that houses their concentration. The faculty advisor serves as academic practicum advisor, academic mentor, and counselor on career and employment opportunities, professional development, and opportunities beyond graduate school.

Program Requirements

The curriculum consists of a minimum of 44 credit hours through core courses, concentration courses in one of the above-listed areas of public health, completion of a practicum experience, and completion of an integrating experience. The core courses are generally completed prior to taking concentration courses, the integration experience, and the practicum. Before the end of the first semester, full-time students identify a concentration and apply for admission to the concentration (see concentration acceptance requirements). Once admitted into a concentration, the student takes concentration courses, completes the practicum experience, and the integrating experience.

Full-time students are expected to complete the program and graduate in two years. Part-time students are required to complete the program and graduate within six years.

Coursework

44 total credit hours:

  • 14 credit hours of core coursework
  • 4 credit hours of selected electives
  • 3 credit hours of practicum experience
  • 2 credit hours of integrating experience
  • 21 credit hours (minimum) of concentration coursework

Required Coursework

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
PHEH 500 Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences 2
PHMS 501 Introduction to Public Health Practice and Administration 2
PHPB 501 Introduction to Public Health Behavior 2
PHEP 501 Introduction to Epidemiology 2
PHST 500 Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Sciences I 3
 Hours11
Spring
PHST 501 Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Sciences II 3
Concentration Course #1 3
Concentration Course #2 3
Selected elective course 1
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
 Hours11
Summer
Public Health Practicum Experience (optional - no course registration required)  
 Hours0
Year 2
Fall
Concentration course #3 3
Concentration course #4 3
Selected elective courses 1,2 3
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
 Hours10
Spring
Concentration course #5 3
Concentration course #6 3
Concentration course #7 3
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
PHPH 697 Integrating Learning and Experience in Public Health 2
 Hours12
 Minimum Total Hours44

Selected Electives (4-8 credit hours)

Within the curriculum, there is a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 credit hours of electives (up to a total of 48 credit hours for the MPH degree). A list of selected elective courses is published each fall and may vary from fall to fall. The number of selected elective courses is limited, and some courses may have limited enrollment sizes. Examples of selected elective courses are: geographic information systems in public health; strategic planning and program evaluation in public health; constructing, implementing, and analyzing surveys in public health; and maternal and child health. In addition, selected concentration elective courses may be included that are taken with permission of the instructor and faculty advisor.

PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience (3 credit hours)

The Practicum Experience places the student in a non-academic organization providing public health-related services. The practicum experience and its required deliverables must be completed to fulfill degree program requirements.

PHPH 697 Integrating Learning and Experience in Public Health (2 credit hours)

This course is designed to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences and to apply this knowledge to situations that represent various aspects of professional public health practice. Through the evaluation of previous cases and the development of a new cases from current and emerging areas of public health, students working in teams demonstrate their abilities in applying general and
specific public health knowledge they have learned through their courses of study.

Concentration courses (minimum 21 credit hours)

All students seeking an MPH degree in the School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS) must take a minimum of 21 credit hours in their selected concentration. For a detailed description of coursework for each of the concentrations, click on "Concentration Requirements" in the menu above.

Concentration Requirements


Biostatistics Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
SpringHours
PHST 501 Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Sciences II (MPH core) 3
PHST 645 Health Sciences Data Collection Instrumentation 3
PHST 620 Introduction to Statistical Computing 3
Selected elective courses (can be 1, 2, or 3 hrs for a total of 3 hrs.) 1
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
 Hours11
Summer
Public Health Practicum Experience (optional - no course registration required)  
 Hours0
Year 2
Fall
PHST 680 Biostatistical Methods I 3
A 3 Hour Elective* 3
Selected elective course 3
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
 Hours10
Spring
PHST 681 Biostatistical Methods II 3
PHST 684 Categorical Data Analysis 3
PHST 640 Statistical Methods for Research Design in Health Sciences 3
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
PHPH 697 Integrating Learning and Experience in Public Health 2
 Hours12
 Minimum Total Hours33

* A 3 hour PHEP course OR PHEP 648 (1) +PHEP 649 (1) + PHST 602(1) OR PHST 624 (2) + PHST 602 (1)


Environmental and Occupational Health Concentration


The Environmental and Occupational Health Concentration is currently under revision and the program is not accepting applications for Fall 2018


Epidemiology Concentration

Students concentrating in the MPH Epidemiology Program will be required to fulfill a minimum of 44 credit hours including the following:

14 credit hours of MPH core coursework
3 credit hours of Practicum
2 credit hours of Integrating Experience
27 credit hours of required courses in epidemiology (including lab and choice of epidemiology selective)1
3 credit hours (maximum) of optional, independent study (PHEP 666 )2

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
SpringHours
PHST 501 Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Sciences II (MPH core) 3
PHEP 619 Biology of Disease in Populations 3
PHEP 602 Epidemiological Methods 3
PHEP 647 Epidemiology Data Management & Analytics Lab 2
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
 Hours12
Summer
Public Health Practicum Experience (optional - no course registration required)  
 Hours0
Year 2
Fall
PHEP 627 Survey Research Methods 3
PHEP 609 Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease 2
PHEP 616 Disease Surveillance and Health Statistics 3
PHEP XXX Epidemiology Selective (see note) 1 3
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
 Hours12
Spring
PHEP 604 Epidemiology of Infectious Disease 2
PHEP 605 Research in Infectious Disease 1
PHEP 655 Emerging Issues in Epidemiology 3
Masters Independent Study in Epidemiology and Population Health (3 credit hours) 2  
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
PHPH 697 Integrating Learning and Experience in Public Health 2
 Hours9
 Minimum Total Hours33

1 The following courses will rotate each year as epidemiology electives with consideration to faculty workloads:

  • PHEP 606 Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology (3)
  • PHEP 607 Epidemiology of Cancer (2)
  • PHEP 613 Epidemiology of Aging and Disability (3)
  • PHEP 620 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (3)
  • PHEP 624 Methods in Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology (3)*
  • PHEP 626 Introduction to Social Epidemiology (3)
  • PHEP 611 Nutritional Epidemiology (3)
  • PHEP 615 Foundations of Global Maternal and Child Health (3)*
  • PHEP 625 Child Health and Development (3)*

2 PHEP 666 Masters Independent Study in Epidemiology and Population Health may be taken as an optional course for MPH Epi-concentration students who wish to supplement their learning experience via independent research with a faculty member. Enrollment is limited to 3 credit hours for an MPH student.

*Availability subject to coordination with Global Health Concentration. Non-epidemiology courses also may be selected pending program and instructor permissions; all courses offered by SPHIS are pre-approved by the program, with the exception of those required for the MS or PhD in Epidemiology (PHEP 618, PHEP 621, PHEP 622, PHEP 623, PHEP 648, PHEP 649, PHEP 701, PHEP 702, PHEP 750, PHEP 778) for which both program and instructor permission will be required for enrollment.


Population Health Management Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
PHMS 680 Health Management Leadership Seminar 1
Fall I core courses listed above 11
 Hours12
Spring
PHST 501 Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Sciences II (MPH core) 3
PHMS 610 Health Policy & Analysis 3
PHMS 609 Health Finance and Financial Management 3
PHMS 612 Quality Assessment and Information Management (Quality Assessment and Information Management (course approval pending)) 3
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
 Hours13
Summer
Public Health Practicum Experience (optional - no course registration required)  
 Hours0
Year 2
Fall
PHMS 615 Introduction to Health Systems 3
PHMS 620 Healthcare Strategic Management 2
PHMS 605 Governance and Management of Healthcare Organizations 3
PHMS 662 Health Economics 3
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
 Hours12
Spring
PHMS 635 Health Law and Ethics 3
PHMS 625 Population Health Management 3
PHMS 630 Human Resource Management in the Public Health Sector 3
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
PHPH 697 Integrating Learning and Experience in Public Health 2
 Hours12
 Minimum Total Hours49

Health Policy Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
SpringHours
PHST 501 Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Sciences II (MPH core) 3
PHMS 609 Health Finance and Financial Management 3
PHMS 610 Health Policy & Analysis 3
PHMS 645 Health Services Research Methods I 3
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
 Hours13
Summer
Public Health Practicum Experience (optional - no course registration required)  
 Hours0
Year 2
Fall
PHMS 662 Health Economics 3
PHMS 646 Health Services Research Methods ll (Health Services Research Methods II (course approval pending)) 3
Health Policy Electives 6
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
 Hours13
Spring
PHMS 704 Health Impact Assessment 3
PHPB 611 Community Organization and Assessment 3
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
PHPH 697 Integrating Learning and Experience in Public Health 2
 Hours9
 Minimum Total Hours35

Health Promotion and Behavior Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
SpringHours
PHST 501 Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Sciences II (MPH core) 3
PHPB 611 Community Organization and Assessment 3
PHPB 604 Health Decision and Risk Analysis 3
Selected elective courses (can be 1, 2, or 3 hrs. for a total of 3 hrs.) 1
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
 Hours11
Summer
Public Health Practicum Experience (optional - no course registration required)  
 Hours0
Year 2
Fall
PHPB 612 Health Communications Campaigns: Theory and Practice 3
PHPB 614 Critical Thinking, Programming Planning, and Implementation 3
Selected elective course 3
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
 Hours10
Spring
PHPB 635 Health Promotion Policy Development and Advocacy (Health Promotion Policy Development and Advocacy (course approval pending)) 3
PHPB 615 Advanced Program Evaluation 3
PHPB 630 Social Determinants of Health (Social Determinants of Health (course approval pending)) 3
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
PHPH 697 Integrating Learning and Experience in Public Health 2
 Hours12
 Minimum Total Hours33

Global Public Health Concentration - Maternal and Child Health Emphasis

48 total credit hours:

14 credit hours of MPH core coursework
10 credit hours of Global MPH core courses
3 credit hours of practicum experience
2 credit hours of integrating experience
15 credit hours of targeted MCH concentration coursework
4 credit hours of electives for MCH concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
PHEH 500 Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (MPH core) 2
PHMS 501 Introduction to Public Health Practice and Administration (MPH core) 2
PHPB 501 Introduction to Public Health Behavior (MPH core) 2
PHEP 501 Introduction to Epidemiology (MPH core) 2
PHST 500 Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Sciences I (MPH core) 3
PHEH 525 Biological Basis for Parasitic and Infectious Diseases 1
 Hours12
Spring
PHST 501 Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Sciences II (MPH core) 3
PHMS 530 Comparative Health Systems 3
PHPB 640 Public Health Planning, Implementing and Evaluating 3
PHEP 615 Foundations of Global Maternal and Child Heath 3
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
 Hours13
Summer
Public Health Practicum Experience (optional - no course registration required)  
 Hours0
Year 2
Fall
PHST 645 Health Sciences Data Collection Instrumentation 3
PHEP 624 Methods in Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology 3
PHPB 620 Emerging Infectious Diseases: Impacts and Control 3
Elective 1
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
 Hours11
Spring
PHEH 526 Nutrition and Maternal and Child Health 3
PHEP 625 Child Health & Development 3
Elective 3
PHPH 679 Public Health Practicum Experience 1
PHPH 697 Integrating Learning and Experience in Public Health 2
 Hours12
 Minimum Total Hours48