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 Medicine at Iowa State University. See "M.P.H./D.V.M. (Iowa State University)" and descriptions of the combined degree programs under Combined Programs in this section of the Catalog.

Undergraduate students can pursue a M.P.H. degree in the following subprograms: biostatistics, community and behavioral health, epidemiology, occupational and environmental health, or policy. Undergraduate students work with their undergraduate advisor and the College of Public Health Undergrad to Grad (U2G) coordinator to determine eligibility. In addition, the College of Public Health collaborates with Grinnell College, Cornell College, and Coe College to offer bachelor's degrees and Master of Public Health programs for undergraduate students who would like to earn an M.P.H. degree.

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 s.h. of graduate credit. Students must choose one of the following subprograms: biostatistics, community and behavioral health, epidemiology, occupational and environmental health, policy, or practicing veterinarians.

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

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

Common Requirements

The following coursework 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 Course

The interprofessional education and practice course is required for all M.P.H. students. Those students in the combined degree programs, M.D./M.P.H. and Pharm.D./M.P.H., with the appropriate M.P.H. subprograms, will have this requirement waived since the content is covered in pharmacy or medicine courses prior to enrollment in the M.P.H. program.

This course:
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 Experience2

Capstone Experience

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

This course:
CPH:7200M.P.H. Capstone Experience1

Biostatistics Subprogram

The Master of Public Health with the biostatistics 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 coursework: 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. coursework listed under "Common Requirements" above, the biostatistics subprogram requires the following courses.

Biostatistics Subprogram Core

All of these (10 s.h.):
BIOS:5120Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences3
BIOS:5130Applied Categorical Data Analysis3
BIOS:5510Biostatistical Computing (when topic is programming with R)2
BIOS:5510Biostatistical Computing (when topic is programming with SAS)2

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:5130 Applied Categorical Data Analysis. The advanced sequence requires 2 s.h. of fewer elective credits.

Biostatistics Electives

Electives (12 s.h.) may be chosen from the following list, and 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
ISE: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

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. coursework 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 coursework or, with the approval of their advisor, they can select coursework 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:4140Feminist Activism and Global Health3
CBH:5350Foundations of Maternal and Child Health3
CBH:5435Substance Abuse Prevention and Early Intervention3
CBH:5440Prevention and Early Intervention of Mental Health Disorders3
CBH:6115Ethnographic Field Methods3
CBH:6405Global Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health3
CBH:6415Independent Study in Community and Behavioral Healtharr.
HMP:6360Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I3
SOC:6420Seminar: Selected Topics in Deviance and Control3
URP:6253Designing Sustainable and Healthy Cities1-3
URP:6260Transportation Policy and Planning3

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. coursework 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 coursework 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. coursework 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:6710Human Toxicology and Risk Assessment3

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.

The following is a list of suggested elective courses.

EPID:6400Epidemiology II: Advanced Methods4
OEH:4260Global Water and Health3
OEH:4310Occupational Ergonomics: Principles3
OEH:4510Injury and Violence Prevention3
OEH:4530Global Road Safety3
OEH:5410Occupational Safety3
OEH:5530Interpreting Occupational and Environmental Health Research2
OEH:6110Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine3
OEH:6120Current Topics in Agriculture and Rural Health0-1
OEH:6431Assessing Noise Hazards1
OEH:6432Assessing Nonionizing Radiation Hazards1
OEH:6433Assessing Ionizing Radiation Hazards1
OEH:6510Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology3
OEH:6520Injury Epidemiology3
OEH:6710Human Toxicology and Risk Assessment3

Policy Subprogram

The Master of Public Health with the policy subprogram requires 42 s.h. of graduate credit. The subprogram is offered by the Department of Health Management and Policy.

The subprogram offers coursework 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. coursework 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 9 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
HMP:6850Independent Study and Researcharr.
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. coursework 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 Disciplines3
EPID:5200Principles of Public Health Informatics3
EPID:5300Food Safety3
EPID:5470Applied Veterinary Epidemiology/Biostatistics3
EPID:5550Diagnostic Microbiology for Epidemiology3
EPID:5570Zoonotic Diseases3
OEH:6110Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine3

Professional M.P.H. Option

Individuals who have already earned a professional degree can choose to complete the professional M.P.H. degree option allowing greater flexibility in elective course selection. Typically, students who pick this option are fellows, medical residents, practicing nurses, or physicians. Completion of the program can enhance physicians ability to receive primary certification from the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Physicians who are considering this certification should review the Become Certified requirements on the American Board of Preventive Medicine website. Students can take core courses on campus or asynchronously online, accommodating a variety of schedules. Students work closely with their advisor to develop a plan of study that is tailored to their specific background and goals.

A typical student completes the M.P.H. in two years. The following is a sample plan based on a full-time student starting in the fall. Students work with their advisor to choose a plan that works best for them.

In addition to the M.P.H. coursework listed under "Common Requirements" above, the professional program requires the following courses.

Professional Program Core

Students earn 9 s.h. in the required core.

Both of these:
OEH:6110Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine3
CPH:6700Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Veterinarians and Other Public Health Disciplines3
One of these:
EPID:5500Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology3
EPID:6910Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research3

Professional Program Electives

At least 12 s.h. chosen from these:
BIOS:5120Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences3
BIOS:5130Applied Categorical Data Analysis3
CBH:5220Health Behavior and Health Education3
CBH:5435Substance Abuse Prevention and Early Intervention3
CBH:5440Prevention and Early Intervention of Mental Health Disorders3
CBH:6220Health Communication Campaigns3
CBH:6230Health Equity, Disparities, and Social Justice3
EPID:5200Principles of Public Health Informatics3
EPID:5570Zoonotic Diseases3
HMP:5610Health Policy1-3
HMP:6360Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I3
HMP:6365Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II3
OEH:4260Global Water and Health3
OEH:4510Injury and Violence Prevention3
OEH:5410Occupational Safety3
OEH:6510Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology3

M.P.H. (Policy Subprogram)/J.D.

The combined Master of Public Health with a policy subprogram/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 6 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. (policy subprogram)/J.D. requires the following coursework.

HMP:5610Health Policy1-3
HMP:5650Health Policy Analysis3
HMP:6610Legal Aspects of Healthcare3
HMP:6750Seminar in Health Policy2-3

These courses count toward both degrees.

LAW:8467Family Law3
LAW:8562Health Law3

M.P.H. Common Requirements

Students must complete courses listed under "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. (policy subprogram)/J.D. degree program must complete the curriculum of the J.D. program; see Juris Doctor, J.D. (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 coursework.

Both of these:
OEH:6110Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine3
CPH:6700Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Veterinarians and Other Public Health Disciplines2-3
One of these:
EPID:5500Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology3
EPID:6910Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research3

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, M.D. (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 coursework.

Both of these:
CPH:6700Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Veterinarians and Other Public Health Disciplines2-3
OEH:6110Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine3
One of these:
EPID:5500Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology3
EPID:6910Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research3

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, Pharm.D. (College of Pharmacy) in the Catalog. Students must be enrolled in the College of Pharmacy in order to take College of Pharmacy courses.

M.P.H./D.V.M. (Iowa State University)

The 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 M.P.H./D.V.M. degree program. For M.P.H. admission requirements, see Admission in this section of the Catalog.

The M.P.H./D.V.M. requires the following coursework.

All of these:
EPID:5300Food Safety3
EPID:5470Applied Veterinary Epidemiology/Biostatistics3
EPID:5570Zoonotic Diseases3

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

At least 9 s.h. from these:
CPH:6700Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Veterinarians and Other Public Health Disciplines2-3
EPID:5200Principles of Public Health Informatics3
EPID:5550Diagnostic Microbiology for Epidemiology (distance education course)3
OEH:6110Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine3

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 must submit official test scores to verify English proficiency. Applicants can verify English proficiency by submitting official test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

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

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

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

Application deadline for the Undergrad to Grad (U2G) program 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.

Sample Plans of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Master of Public Health, M.P.H.

Biostatistics Subprogram

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
42 s.h. of graduate level coursework must be completed; graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a  
A cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required.  
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
BIOS:4120
Introduction to Biostatistics
or Biostatistical Methods I
3 - 4
BIOS:5510 Biostatistical Computing 2
BIOS:5510 Biostatistical Computing 2
CPH:5100 Introduction to Public Health 3
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles 3
 Hours13-14
Spring
BIOS:5120
Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences
or Biostatistical Methods II
3 - 4
CBH:4105 Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
HMP:4000 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
BIOS Elective b 2 - 3
 Hours11-13
Second Year
Fall
BIOS:5730
Biostatistical Methods in Categorical Data
or Applied Categorical Data Analysis
3
OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health 3
CPH:5203 Interprofessional Education and Practice for M.P.H. Students III 0
BIOS Elective b 3
 Hours9
Spring
BIOS Elective b 3
BIOS Elective b 2 - 3
CPH:7200 M.P.H. Capstone Experience 1
CPH:7500 M.P.H. Applied Practice Experience 2
 Hours8-9
 Total Hours41-45

Community and Behavioral Health Subprogram

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
42 s.h. of graduate level coursework must be completed; graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a  
A cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required.  
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
CBH:5220 Health Behavior and Health Education 3
CPH:5100 Introduction to Public Health 3
BIOS:4120 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles 3
 Hours12
Spring
CBH:4105 Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
HMP:4000 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
CBH Elective b 3
CBH:6205
Designing and Implementing Interventions c
or Health Communication Campaigns
3
 Hours12
Second Year
Fall
OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health 3
CPH:5203 Interprofessional Education and Practice for M.P.H. Students III 0
CBH Elective b 3
CBH Methods Course #1 d 3
CBH:6230
Health Equity, Disparities, and Social Justice e
or Community-Based Participatory Research
3
 Hours12
Spring
CBH Methods Course #2 d 3
CPH:7500 M.P.H. Applied Practice Experience 2
CPH:7200 M.P.H. Capstone Experience 1
 Hours6
 Total Hours42

Epidemiology Subprogram

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
42 s.h. of graduate level coursework must be completed; graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a  
A cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required.  
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
BIOS:4120 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
CPH:5100 Introduction to Public Health 3
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles 3
EPID:5600 Introduction to Epidemiology Data Management and Analysis 3
EPID:5925 Epidemiology Journal Club: Evaluating the Literature b 0
 Hours12
Spring
HMP:4000 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
CBH:4105 Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
EPID:5241 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology 4
EPID:6400 Epidemiology II: Advanced Methods 4
EPID:5925 Epidemiology Journal Club: Evaluating the Literature b 0
 Hours14
Second Year
Fall
EPID:5540 Public Health Surveillance Mechanisms, Applications, and Data 3
OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health 3
PATH:5270
Pathogenesis of Major Human Diseases
or Introduction to Human Pathology for Graduate Students
3 - 4
CPH:5203 Interprofessional Education and Practice for M.P.H. Students III 0
EPID:5925 Epidemiology Journal Club: Evaluating the Literature b 0
 Hours9-10
Spring
EPID:5580 Public Health Laboratory Techniques 1
EPID Elective c, d 3
CPH:7200 M.P.H. Capstone Experience 1
CPH:7500 M.P.H. Applied Practice Experience 2
 Hours7
 Total Hours42-43

Occupational and Environmental Health Subprogram

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
42 s.h. of graduate level coursework must be completed; graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a  
A cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required.  
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health 3
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles 3
CPH:5100 Introduction to Public Health 3
OEH:5620 Occupational Health 3
OEH:5010 Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar b 0
 Hours12
Spring
CBH:4105 Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
HMP:4000 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
OEH Required Core Course c 3
OEH Required Core Course c 3
OEH:5010 Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar b 0
 Hours12
Second Year
Fall
BIOS:4120 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
OEH Required Core Course c 3
CPH:5203 Interprofessional Education and Practice for M.P.H. Students III 0
OEH Elective d 3
 Hours9
Spring
OEH:5010 Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar b 1
OEH Elective d 3
OEH Elective d 2 - 3
CPH:7500 M.P.H. Applied Practice Experience 2
CPH:7200 M.P.H. Capstone Experience 1
 Hours9-10
 Total Hours42-43

Policy Subprogram

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
42 s.h. of graduate level coursework must be completed; graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a  
A cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required.  
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
HMP:4000 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System b 3
HMP:5610 Health Policy 3
CPH:5100 Introduction to Public Health 3
OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health 3
 Hours12
Spring
BIOS:4120 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
CBH:4105 Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
HMP:5650 Health Policy Analysis 3
 Hours9
Second Year
Fall
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles 3
HMP:6750 Seminar in Health Policy 3
HMP:6610 Legal Aspects of Healthcare 3
CPH:5203 Interprofessional Education and Practice for M.P.H. Students III 0
 Hours9
Spring
Policy Elective c, d 3
Policy Elective c, d 3
Policy Elective c, d 3
CPH:7200 M.P.H. Capstone Experience 1
CPH:7500 M.P.H. Applied Practice Experience 2
 Hours12
 Total Hours42

Practicing Veterinarians Subprogram

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
42 s.h. of graduate level coursework must be completed; graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a  
A cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required.  
All courses are online unless otherwise noted.  
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
CBH:4105 Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
BIOS:4120 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
 Hours6
Spring
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles 3
OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health 3
 Hours6
Summer
EPID:5570 Zoonotic Diseases b 3
OEH:6110 Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine b 3
CPH:5100 Introduction to Public Health 3
 Hours9
Second Year
Fall
EPID:5200 Principles of Public Health Informatics 3
CPH:6700 Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Veterinarians and Other Public Health Disciplines 3
CPH:5203 Interprofessional Education and Practice for M.P.H. Students III 0
 Hours6
Spring
EPID:5550 Diagnostic Microbiology for Epidemiology 3
CPH:7500 M.P.H. Applied Practice Experience 2
CPH:7200 M.P.H. Capstone Experience 1
 Hours6
Summer
EPID:5300 Food Safety c 3
EPID:5470 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology/Biostatistics c 3
HMP:4000 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
 Hours9
 Total Hours42

Professional M.P.H. Option

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
42 s.h. of graduate level coursework must be completed; graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a  
A cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required.  
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles 3
OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health 3
BIOS:4120 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
 Hours9
Spring
CBH:4105 Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
OEH:6110 Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine 3
MPH Elective b 3
 Hours9
Summer
CPH:5100 Introduction to Public Health 3
HMP:4000 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
 Hours6
Second Year
Fall
CPH:6700 Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Veterinarians and Other Public Health Disciplines 3
EPID:6910
Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research
or Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
3
MPH Elective b 3
CPH:5203 Interprofessional Education and Practice for M.P.H. Students III 0
 Hours9
Spring
MPH Elective b 3
MPH Elective b 3
CPH:7200 M.P.H. Capstone Experience 1
CPH:7500 M.P.H. Applied Practice Experience 2
 Hours9
 Total Hours42