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. 

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).

Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses
EPH 600Introduction to Public Health3
EPH 601Medical Biostatistics I4
EPH 602Biostatistics II3
EPH 617Disease Prevention and Health Promotion3
or EPH 620 Health Education and Behavior
EPH 621Fundamentals of Epidemiology3
EPH 631Public Health Administration3
or EPH 632 U S Health Systems
EPH 641Aspects of Environmental Health3
Methods Courses
Choose two courses from the following:6
Clinical Trials
Ethical Issues in Epidemiology,Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology
Fundamentals of Program Evaluation
Community-based Participatory Research
Research Methods
Qualitative Research Methods
Survey of Statistical Computing
Research Thesis Project
EPH 698MSPH Thesis Proposal3
EPH 699MSPH Thesis 23
Elective Courses 111
Total Credit Hours45

 After completion of the core courses, the student may select courses to fit his/her own area of interest. This allows for personal tailoring of the academic program to fit the student’s individual needs and career goals.


 The MSPH 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 advisor and thesis project committee during their investigation.