The MSPH is an academic research degree designed for students who wish to prepare for further study at the doctoral level, or to prepare for research or technical positions in government, industry, academia, or private institutions. Studies will include many of the core disciplines included in the MPH degree with an additional emphasis on advanced research methods and quantitative analysis skills. The MSPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. 

The 45 credit hours degree consists of:

  • Required Core Courses (21 credits)
  • Required Methods Courses (6 credits)
  • Elective Courses (12 credits)
  • Research Thesis Project (6 credits)

The public health thesis project requires an individual investigation of a current public health problem and allows the student to demonstrate competency in the development and implementation of a research question. Students will work closely with a faculty project advisor and project committee during their investigation.

Full-time students can expect to complete the MSPH degree requirements within 2 years. An elective credit waiver may be available for students who enter the MSPH degree program with an earned advanced degree (e.g., MD, DDS, DVM, JD).