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    Mar 08, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Public Health, M.S.P.H.

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Behavioral Health
Environmental and Occupational Health
Genetic Counseling
Global Communicable Disease
Maternal and Child Health
Occupational Exposure Science
Public Health Education

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College: Public Health
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The base of knowledge for public health comes from a variety of disciplines, ranging from social sciences to biological sciences and business, brought together by a commitment to improve the public’s health. Thus, the field of public health is broad and is open to students from diverse academic disciplines including Health Sciences, Education, Engineering, Business, Communications, Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. Graduates are prepared for interdisciplinary focused public health professional careers as administrators, managers, educators, researchers, and direct service providers.


The College is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and the concentration of Occupational Exposure Science (Industrial Hygiene) in the M.S.P.H. degree is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, The concentration in Genetic Counseling in the M.S.P.H. degree is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • GRE or equivalent (GMAT, MCAT, DATE, or PCAT, required.  LSAT is not accepted in Lieu of th)e GRE.  GRE scores will be compared to applicant pool and national GRE norms.
  • Applicants who have a terminal degree (i.e.Ph.D., Sc.D. or Ed.D.), or advanced professional degrees (I.e., M.D., D.D.S., D.O., D.V.M., J.D., Pharm.D., D.P.T.) from accredited institutions and who are individually licensed in the United States in their profession may request to waive the GRE ( The GRE waiver is not automatic and must be approved by the College of Public Health.

Meeting of these criteria per se shall not be the only basis for admission.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 42 credit hours

  • Core Requirements - 9 Credit hours
  • Concentrations Requirements - 6 Credit hours minimum (varies)
  • Electives - 18 Credit hours minimum
  • Additional electives, if required - 1 Credut hour minimum (varies by concentration)
  • Thesis - 6 Credut hours minimum

Students must complete the Major core requirements and then the requirements as specified for the Concentration.  Concentration hour requirements vary, so in some instances, students will graduate with more than the 42 hour minimum required for the mojor.  The minimum hours required for the major and concentration must be satisfed for degree completion.

Concentration Requirements - 6 hours minimum (varies)

Students select from the following Concentrations:

Behavioral Health (6 Concentration Credit Hours)

Environmental and Occupational Health (6 Concentration Credit Hours)

Epidemiology (6 Concentration Credit Hours)

Genetic Counseling (8 Concentration Credit Hours)

Genomics (6 Concentration Credit Hours)

Global Communicable Disease (6 Concentration Credit Hours)

Maternal and Child Health (6 Concentration Credit Hours)

Occupational Exposure Science (8 Concentration Credit Hours)

Public Health Education (7 Concentration Credit Hours)

Electives - 18 hours minimum

All students must complete a minimum of eighteen credit hours of graduate electives.  Students in the following concentrations must complete additional elective hours as noted:

5 additional hours - Behavioral Health
3 additional hours - Environmental and Occupational Health
9 additional hours - Epidemiology
1 additional hours - Genetic Counseling
3 additional hours - Genomics
3 additional hours - Global Communicable Disease  
5 additional hours - Maternal and Child Health
4 additional hours - Occupational Exposure Science
4 additional hours - Public Health Education

All elective hours must be approved by faculty mentor.

Thesis (6 Credit Hours)

Comprehensive Exam

Must be registered for at least two credit hours of coursework. Thesis proposal defense may be used in lieu of the comprehensive exam.

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