This is a first version of the University of Iowa 2018-19 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF version will be published soon after the fall semester begins.

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) is recognized as the primary professional degree in public health. The objective of Iowa's M.P.H. program is to provide education and practical training in public health to students who will be leaders in their respective communities. The program is appropriate for individuals who already have professional experience and/or training in public health as well as for those whose expertise lies outside of public health.

Students may earn the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) as a single degree, or they may pursue one of several combined degree programs. The College of Public Health offers combined M.P.H./professional degree programs with the Carver College of Medicine and the Colleges of Law and Pharmacy. It also offers two programs in collaboration with the College of Veterinary Science at Iowa State University. See "M.P.H. for Practicing Veterinarians" and descriptions of the combined degree programs under Combined Programs in this section of the Catalog.

In addition, the college collaborates with undergraduate programs at the University of Iowa, Grinnell College, and Coe College to offer combined B.A. or B.S./M.P.H. programs for students; see "Combined B.A. or B.S./M.P.H. Degrees" under Combined Programs in this section of the Catalog.

The Master of Public Health program is offered by the College of Public Health; the degree is awarded by the Graduate College.

The Master of Public Health requires 42-45 s.h. of graduate credit, depending on a student's choice of specialization. Students must choose one of five subprograms: community and behavioral health, epidemiology, occupational and environmental health, policy, quantitative methods, or practicing veterinarians.

Degree requirements include a core course in public health practice and in each of the five core disciplines of public health (epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences), a set of content-specific required courses and electives, three interprofessional education courses, an applied practice experience, and a capstone experience. Students in the epidemiology subprogram also must complete a bioscience course.

All M.P.H. students complete the course work listed under "Common Requirements." In addition, students complete the course work listed for their chosen subprogram.

Common Requirements

The following course work is required for all M.P.H. students. Students must earn a B-minus or higher in each core course. Students may repeat courses to achieve this standard.

Core Courses

All of these (18 s.h.):
CPH:5100Introduction to Public Health3
BIOS:4120Introduction to Biostatistics (students in the quantitative methods subprogram may substitute BIOS:5710)3
CBH:4105Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3
EPID:4400Epidemiology I: Principles3
HMP:4000Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System3
OEH:4240Global Environmental Health3

Interprofessional Education Courses

Students are required to participate in three consecutive semesters of interprofessional education beginning in their first fall semester.

All of these:
CPH:5201Interprofessional Education and Practice for M.P.H. Students I0
CPH:5202Interprofessional Education and Practice for M.P.H. Students II0
CPH:5203Interprofessional Education and Practice for M.P.H. Students III0

Applied Practice Experience

This requirement is a fieldwork experience in which students show proficiency in applying academic principles in community settings. There are many applied practice opportunities for M.P.H. students locally, nationally, and internationally.

Before they register for and begin the applied practice experience, students choose an approved topic. A final written report with an oral presentation or a poster presentation is required.

This course:
CPH:7500M.P.H. Applied Practice Experience1

Capstone Experience

Students are required to complete the capstone experience in their final semester.

This course:
CPH:7200M.P.H. Capstone Experience2

Community and Behavioral Health Subprogram

The Master of Public Health with the community and behavioral health subprogram requires 42 s.h. of graduate credit. The subprogram is offered by the Department of Community and Behavioral Health.

The subprogram prepares public health practitioners for a variety of positions related to community development, health program implementation, and health education. Students learn how to design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based interventions directed toward identified public health problems in populations.

A bachelor's degree in the social and behavioral sciences is good preparation for this program, but students come from a variety of educational backgrounds. Preference is given to applicants who have professional experience.

In addition to the M.P.H. course work listed under "Common Requirements" above, the community and behavioral health subprogram requires the following courses.

Community and Behavioral Health Subprogram Core

Students earn 15 s.h. in the required subprogram core.

Theory
This course:
CBH:5220Health Behavior and Health Education3
Community and Society
One of these:
CBH:5235Community-Based Participatory Research3
CBH:6230Health Equity, Disparities, and Social Justice3
Intervention
One of these:
CBH:6205Designing and Implementing Interventions3
CBH:6220Health Communication Campaigns3
Methods
Two of these:
CBH:5305Evaluation: Approaches and Applications3
CBH:5310Qualitative Research for Public Health3
CBH:6335Research Methods in Community and Behavioral Health3

Community and Behavioral Health Electives

Students must take an additional 6 s.h. of elective community and behavioral health course work or, with the approval of their advisor, they can select course work in another area. In addition, once the 15 s.h. of required community and behavioral health credit is met, students may take any of the other courses as electives. The following is a list of suggested elective courses.

CBH:3150Media and Health3
CBH:4140Feminist Activism and Global Health3
CBH:5230Public Health Issues in Overweight Management3
CBH:5435Substance Abuse Prevention and Early Intervention3
CBH:5440Prevention and Early Intervention of Mental Health Disorders3
CBH:6115Ethnographic Field Methods3
CBH:6210Health Communication3
CBH:6405Global Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health3
CBH:6410Special Topicsarr.
CBH:6415Independent Study in Community and Behavioral Healtharr.
HMP:6360Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I3
URP:6253Designing Sustainable and Healthy Cities3
URP:6260Transportation Policy and Planning3
URP:6400Sustainable Development: The Kerala Experience3

Epidemiology Subprogram

The Master of Public Health with the epidemiology subprogram requires 42 s.h. of graduate credit. The subprogram is offered by the Department of Epidemiology.

The subprogram focuses on fundamental epidemiological concepts and methods and provides training in the use of public health data and methods for disease assessment and in methods for evaluating the need and outcome of programs and interventions. Graduates of the program work in public health departments and other health care settings.

Epidemiology subprogram students are required to attend departmental seminars and journal club. They also must present one scientific poster at an international, national, regional, state, university, or departmental poster session.

In addition to the M.P.H. course work listed under "Common Requirements" above, the epidemiology subprogram requires the following courses.

Epidemiology Subprogram Core

Students take EPID:5925 Epidemiology Journal Club: Evaluating the Literature three times.

All of these (15 s.h.):
EPID:5241Statistical Methods in Epidemiology4
EPID:5925Epidemiology Journal Club: Evaluating the Literature (taken three times)0
EPID:5540Public Health Surveillance Mechanisms, Applications, and Data3
EPID:5580Public Health Laboratory Techniques1
EPID:5600Introduction to Epidemiology Data Management and Analysis3
EPID:6400Epidemiology II: Advanced Methods4
Bioscience—one of these (3-4 s.h.):
PATH:5270Pathogenesis of Major Human Diseases3
PATH:8133Introduction to Human Pathology for Graduate Students4

Students who already have completed a course equivalent to one of the bioscience courses, PATH:5270 Pathogenesis of Major Human Diseases or PATH:8133 Introduction to Human Pathology for Graduate Students, may substitute an additional elective.

Epidemiology Electives

Additional approved elective course work must be taken to complete the 42 s.h. total required for the M.P.H. At least 3 s.h. of elective credit must be earned in courses offered by the Department of Epidemiology (prefix EPID) or in one of the following biostatistics courses. 

BIOS:6210Applied Survival Analysis3
BIOS:6310Introductory Longitudinal Data Analysis3

Occupational and Environmental Health Subprogram

The Master of Public Health with the occupational and environmental health subprogram requires 42 s.h. of graduate credit. The subprogram is offered by the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health.

The subprogram provides students with a broad perspective on public health and career preparation for a variety of professional positions in occupational and environmental health. Public health experience provides desirable background for this subprogram.

In addition to the M.P.H. course work listed under "Common Requirements" above, the occupational and environmental health subprogram requires the following courses.

Occupational and Environmental Health Subprogram Core

Students earn 13 s.h. in the required subprogram core.

Students take OEH:5010 Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar three times: twice for 0 s.h. and once for 1 s.h. If completing the M.P.H. in a one-year course of study, OEH:5010 is taken two times: once for 0 s.h. and once for 1 s.h.

All of these (4 s.h.):
OEH:5010Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar0-1
OEH:5620Occupational Health3
Three of these (9 s.h.):
OEH:4260Global Water and Health3
OEH:4510Injury and Violence Prevention3
OEH:5410Occupational Safety3
OEH:6110Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine3
OEH:6510Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology3
OEH:6710Environmental Toxicology3

Occupational and Environmental Health Electives

Students can earn the remainder of credit for their degree in elective courses (8 s.h.) offered by a department in the College of Public Health. Courses offered by departments in other colleges at the University of Iowa can be applied toward a degree with approval of a student's advisor.

Faculty expertise in areas related to occupational and environmental health can assist students in their endeavors. Sample plans that outline how elective courses can be combined with required courses in a focused plan of study are as follows.

Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
EPID:6400Epidemiology II: Advanced Methods (elective)4
OEH:4260Global Water and Health (elective)3
OEH:5530Interpreting Occupational and Environmental Health Research (elective)2
OEH:6510Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (required course)3
OEH:6520Injury Epidemiology (elective)3
Global Environmental Health
OEH:4260Global Water and Health (elective)3
OEH:6710Environmental Toxicology3
Injury and Violence Prevention
OEH:4510Injury and Violence Prevention (required course)3
OEH:4530Global Road Safety (elective)3
OEH:6520Injury Epidemiology (elective)3
OEH:6530Epidemiology of Occupational Injuries (elective)3-4
Occupational Health
OEH:4310Occupational Ergonomics: Principles (elective)3
OEH:5410Occupational Safety (required course)3
OEH:6420Methods in Exposure Science (elective)3
OEH:6431Assessing Noise Hazards1
OEH:6432Assessing Nonionizing Hazards1
OEH:6433Assessing Ionizing Radiation Hazards1
Rural Health and Safety
OEH:5410Occupational Safety (elective)3
OEH:6110Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine (required course)3
OEH:6120Current Topics in Agriculture and Rural Health (elective)0-1
OEH:6420Methods in Exposure Science (elective)3
OEH:6520Injury Epidemiology (elective)3

Policy Subprogram

The Master of Public Health with the policy subprogram requires 45 s.h. of graduate credit. The subprogram is offered by the Department of Health Management and Policy.

The subprogram offers course work and applied learning experiences that prepare students for careers in health policy analysis, system and organizational planning, and program evaluation. Graduates of the program find positions in federal, state, and local government; professional associations; and private agencies. Varied academic backgrounds are appropriate preparation for this program, including business, liberal arts and sciences, and the health professions.

In addition to the M.P.H. course work listed under "Common Requirements" above, the policy and administration subprogram requires the following courses.

Policy Subprogram Core

All of these:
HMP:5610Health Policy3
HMP:5650Health Policy Analysis3
HMP:6610Legal Aspects of Healthcare3
HMP:6750Seminar in Health Policy3

Policy Electives

At least 12 s.h. chosen from these:
HMP:5310Healthcare Quality Management2-3
HMP:5410Health Economics I3
HMP:5450Health Insurance and Managed Care3
HMP:5750Medicare and Medicaid Policy3
HMP:6710Federalism and Health Policy3
LAW:8562Health Law3
POLI:3100American State Politics3

Practicing Veterinarians Subprogram

The Master of Public Health with the practicing veterinarians subprogram requires a minimum of 42 s.h. of graduate credit. The program is presented through a collaboration between the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University and is offered primarily by distance learning. It enables students to prepare for new career opportunities and equips them to respond to public health challenges such as zoonotic diseases, food security and foodborne illnesses, bioterrorism, and environmental health.

Students participate in two summer institutes, one on each campus during consecutive summers (two weeks in May and June); the rest of the program is internet-based, so students may complete requirements at times that fit their schedules. Specific courses are required each semester of the program.

In addition to the M.P.H. course work listed under "Common Requirements" above, the practicing veterinarians subprogram requires the following courses.

Practicing Veterinarians Subprogram Core

All of these (21 s.h.):
CPH:6700Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Veterinarians and Other Public Health Disciplines2
EPID:5200Principles of Public Health Informatics3
EPID:5300Food Safety3
EPID:5320Exotic and Emerging Diseases of Animals1
EPID:5470Applied Veterinary Epidemiology/Biostatistics3
EPID:5550Diagnostic Microbiology for Epidemiology3
EPID:5570Zoonotic Diseases3
OEH:6110Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine3

Quantitative Methods Subprogram

The Master of Public Health with the quantitative methods subprogram requires 42 s.h. of graduate credit. The subprogram is offered by the Department of Biostatistics.

The subprogram is designed to train public health professionals who can provide leadership in the analysis of public health data and the design of studies for public health investigations. It is intended for individuals who are interested in public health and who have quantitative ability but not advanced mathematics training.

Applicants to the subprogram must meet all M.P.H. admission requirements; see Admission in this section of the Catalog. They also should have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00 and should have completed the following math and computer science course work: single variable calculus and matrix algebra, satisfied by one semester of calculus equivalent to AP Calculus AB and a high school algebra course involving matrices; and elementary computer programming instruction in any commonly used modern programming language (e.g., Python, Java, C++). Individuals who are admitted to the subprogram without having met all of these requirements must satisfy unmet requirements during their first semester of enrollment in the program.

In addition to the M.P.H. course work listed under "Common Requirements" above, the quantitative methods subprogram requires the following courses.

Quantitative Methods Subprogram Core

All of these (8 s.h.):
BIOS:5120Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences3
BIOS:5510Biostatistical Computing (when topic is programming with R or programming with S)2
BIOS:6110Applied Categorical Data Analysis3

Students with sufficient mathematical background can substitute BIOS:5710 Biostatistical Methods I, BIOS:5720 Biostatistical Methods II, and BIOS:5730 Biostatistical Methods in Categorical Data in place of BIOS:4120 Introduction to Biostatistics, BIOS:5120 Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences, and BIOS:6110 Applied Categorical Data Analysis. The advanced sequence requires 2 s.h. of fewer elective credits.

Quantitative Methods Electives

Electives (13-14 s.h.) may be chosen from the following list for may include any related course approved by the student's advisor.

BIOL:4213Bioinformatics4
BIOS:6210Applied Survival Analysis3
BIOS:6310Introductory Longitudinal Data Analysis3
BIOS:6610Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials3
BIOS:6810Bayesian Methods and Design3
BIOS:7600Advanced Biostatistics Seminar0-3
IE:4172Big Data Analytics3
STAT:3100Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I3
STAT:3101Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II3
STAT:3210Experimental Design and Analysis3
STAT:4100Mathematical Statistics I3
STAT:4101Mathematical Statistics II3
STAT:4200Statistical Methods and Computing3
STAT:4520Bayesian Statistics3
STAT:5100Statistical Inference I3
STAT:5101Statistical Inference II3
STAT:6540Applied Multivariate Analysis3
STAT:6560Applied Time Series Analysis3

B.A. or B.S./M.P.H. Degrees

The College of Public Health collaborates with undergraduate programs at the University of Iowa, Grinnell College, and Coe College to offer combined bachelor's degree/Master of Public Health programs for undergraduate students who would like to earn an M.P.H. degree. The combined programs permit students to count some credit toward the requirements of both degrees, enabling them to begin the study of public health before they complete the bachelor's degree. Undergraduates can pursue a M.P.H. degree in the following subprograms: community and behavioral health, epidemiology, occupational and environmental health, policy, or quantitative methods. Undergraduate students work with their undergraduate advisor and the College of Public Health Undergrad to Grad (U2G) coordinator to determine eligibility.

Undergraduate students must apply to each of the programs. Students should consult with their undergraduate major advisor and their College of Public Health U2G coordinator. For more information, visit Undergrad to Grad (U2G) on the Master of Public Health website.

M.P.H./D.V.M.

The combined Master of Public Health/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is offered by the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. It requires a minimum of 30 s.h. in addition to the requirements for the D.V.M. degree (see College of Veterinary Medicine in the Iowa State University catalog). A total of 12 s.h. from the D.V.M. degree will count toward the 42 s.h. required to earn the M.P.H. degree. The program prepares students for work as state veterinarians, as college and university faculty members, in local and state departments of public health, in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, in state agricultural departments, and for public health positions in the military.

Separate application to each degree program is required; applicants must be admitted to both programs before they may be admitted to the combined degree program. For M.P.H. admission requirements, see Admission in this section of the Catalog.

The combined M.P.H./D.V.M. requires the following course work.

M.P.H. Common Requirements

Students must complete courses listed as "Common Requirements" (core courses and practicum) under Master of Public Health Requirements in this section of the Catalog.

M.P.H. Electives

Students must earn at least 9 s.h. from the following courses.
CPH:6700Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Veterinarians and Other Public Health Disciplines2-3
EPID:5200Principles of Public Health Informatics3
EPID:5300Food Safety3
EPID:5470Applied Veterinary Epidemiology/Biostatistics3
EPID:5550Diagnostic Microbiology for Epidemiology (offered by distance education)3
EPID:5570Zoonotic Diseases3
OEH:6110Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine3

M.P.H./J.D.

The combined Master of Public Health/Juris Doctor requires a minimum of 30 s.h. of graduate credit in addition to the requirements for the J.D. degree. A total of 12 s.h. from the J.D. degree will count toward the 42 s.h. required to earn the M.P.H. degree. The program helps students develop special expertise in public health legal issues. It is designed to train qualified students for leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. Separate application to each degree program is required; applicants must be admitted to both programs before they may be admitted to the combined degree program.

The combined M.P.H./J.D. requires the following course work.

These courses count toward both degrees.

LAW:8467Family Law3
LAW:8562Health Law3
LAW:8751Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I3
LAW:8752Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II3

M.P.H. Common Requirements

Students must complete courses listed as "Common Requirements" (core courses and practicum) under Master of Public Health Requirements in this section of the Catalog.

M.P.H. Electives

Students earn 9 s.h. in elective courses chosen from one of the following public health areas: biostatistics, community and behavioral health, epidemiology, health policy, or occupational and environmental health. Students choose electives in consultation with their advisors in the College of Law and the College of Public Health.

J.D. Requirements

Students in the combined M.P.H./J.D. program must complete the curriculum of the J.D. program; see Juris Doctor (College of Law) in the Catalog. Students must be enrolled in the College of Law to take College of Law courses.

M.P.H./M.D.

The combined Master of Public Health/Doctor of Medicine requires a minimum of 30 s.h. of graduate credit in addition to the requirements for the M.D. degree. A total of 12 s.h. from the M.D. degree will count toward the 42 s.h. required to earn the M.P.H. degree. Students who complete the program enjoy expanded career opportunities and are well prepared to apply the principles of medicine and public health in their work. Separate application to each degree program is required; applicants must be admitted to both programs before they may be admitted to the combined program.

The combined M.P.H./M.D. requires the following course work.

All of the following courses count toward the M.D. degree; 12 s.h. from these count toward the M.P.H. degree.

MED:8121Clinical and Professional Skills I3
MED:8122Medicine and Society I3
MED:8132Medicine and Society II4
MED:8222Medicine and Society III4

M.P.H. Common Requirements

Students must complete courses listed as "Common Requirements" (core courses and practicum) under Master of Public Health Requirements in this section of the Catalog.

M.P.H. Electives

Students earn 9 s.h. in elective courses chosen from one of the following public health areas: biostatistics, community and behavioral health, epidemiology, health communication, health policy, occupational and environmental health. Students choose electives in consultation with their advisors in the Carver College of Medicine and the College of Public Health.

M.D. Requirements

Students in the combined M.P.H./M.D. program must complete the curriculum of the M.D. program; see Doctor of Medicine (Carver College of Medicine) in the Catalog.

M.P.H./Pharm.D.

The combined Master of Public Health/Doctor of Pharmacy requires 42 s.h. of graduate credit in addition to the requirements of the Pharm.D. degree. The program helps students develop expertise in public health related to pharmacotherapy, health promotion, disease prevention, and medication safety.

Graduates of the program may work in areas of interest common to pharmacy and public health, such as spread and treatment of disease, community health, and immunology; bioterrorism, terrorism, and preparedness; genetics; insurance; managed care; family and juvenile health; and protection of special populations. Employment opportunities are available in hospitals and clinics and with health care providers; private practice; insurance and managed care organizations; local, county, state, and federal government; public health governmental agencies; and colleges and universities.

Separate application to each degree program is required; applicants must be admitted to both programs before they may be admitted to the combined degree program.

The combined M.P.H./Pharm.D. requires the following course work.

All of the following courses count toward the Pharm.D. degree; 12 s.h. from these count toward the M.P.H. degree.

PHAR:8250Applications of Pharmacy Practice I1
PHAR:8263Integrated Pharmacotherapy: Infectious Diseases4
PHAR:8265Applications of Pharmacy Practice II1
PHAR:8374Applications of Pharmacy Practice III1
PHAR:8375Advanced Topics in Health Services2
PHAR:8377Integrated Pharmacotherapy: Capstone4
PHAR:8378Pharmacy Law and Ethics2

M.P.H. Common Requirements

Students must complete courses listed as "Common Requirements" (core courses and practicum) under Master of Public Health Requirements in this section of the Catalog.

M.P.H. Electives

Students select electives totaling 9 s.h. from one of the following public health areas: biostatistics, community and behavioral health, epidemiology, policy, or occupational and environmental health. Electives are chosen in consultation with the student's advisors in the Colleges of Pharmacy and Public Health.

Pharm.D. Requirements

Students in the combined M.P.H./Pharm.D. program must complete the curriculum of the Pharm.D. program; see Doctor of Pharmacy (College of Pharmacy) in the Catalog. Students must be enrolled in the College of Pharmacy in order to take College of Pharmacy courses.

Applicants to the M.P.H. program must apply through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) and then set up a University of Iowa account and pay the UI supplemental fee. Applicants must submit scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test, Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT), Medical School Admission Test (MCAT), Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or another professional placement exam; scores must be at or above the median scores for test takers applying to similar programs. For detailed application information, visit Prospective Graduate Students on the Master of Public Health website.

Applicants to the M.P.H. program must have successfully completed one semester each of college algebra and biology.

Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not hold a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from an accredited university in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada (excluding French Quebec), English-speaking Africa, Australia, or New Zealand must score at least 100 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants who score 81-99 (internet-based) are required to take English fluency courses. Applicants who score below 81 are not considered for admission.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.

Students may enter the M.P.H. program in fall and summer. Application deadline for fall entrance to the M.P.H. program is April 15; application deadline for summer entrance is April 1.

Application deadline for the M.P.H. for practicing veterinarians is March 1.

Application deadline for Undergrad to Grad (U2G) is February 1.

Students may enter the M.P.H. combined programs in fall, spring, and summer. Contact the individual combined programs for deadline information.

A limited number of tuition scholarship awards are available each year for M.P.H. students. For information on financing education through jobs, grants, and loans, contact the University's Office of Student Financial Aid.

For more information about careers in public health, visit This is Public Health online.