Overview

The MPH degree is a professional degree for students who require a broad general academic experience in public health. Students will acquire competency in the fundamental public health disciplines. This includes research design and conduct, data analysis and policy analysis, communications, program planning and administration, public health systems and the organization of health services in the United States and Latin America, recognition and analysis of ethical issues in public health and professional practice, the needs of special populations, and the integration of these core disciplines in public health decision making. The MPH degree is a 45-credit hour program that is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

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


Accelerated MPH 

The Accelerated MPH program follows the same 45-credit curriculum as the MPH program but is completed in one calendar year from summer to summer. Accelerated MPH students start the program in the summer semester, continue in fall semester, take courses during winter inter-session, continue in spring and spring inter-session, and end in the following summer semester. The course load per semester for accelerated students is greater than for traditional students; to ensure completion of the requirements within the shortened time frame, accelerated students must follow the program plan designed under the supervision of their assigned faculty advisor from the start of the program. Students interested in the Accelerated MPH program must apply via SOPHAS selecting this program as there are unique admissions requirements. Visit the Application Process and FAQs on the Admissions page to learn more about the Accelerated MPH application process and admission requirements.


4+1 BSPH and MPH

The University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) and the Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS) offer a 4+1 program that combines a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) and a Master of Public Health (MPH). SONHS academically qualified juniors are eligible to apply to the MPH. Applicants must be enrolled in the BSPH program with the SONHS and apply separately into the 4+1 BSPH/MPH. Applicants must be in good academic standing as defined by the School of Nursing at the time of submission. Acceptance into the BSPH program does not in any way indicate or guarantee acceptance to the MPH degree program. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) admissions requirement is waived for the BSPH students. If accepted, students complete the combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in 5 years. Accepted students take 12 credits of graduate level public health courses during their undergraduate senior year, then 3 to 6 graduate level credits the summer after completing the bachelors and the rest of graduate courses in the subsequent fall and spring semesters to complete the 45 credit MPH degree.

BSPH students must apply through SOPHAS during the undergraduate junior year by March 1 to start the program in the fall. Admission decisions regarding the entry of BSPH students into the MPH program are made solely by the Admissions Committee of the Department of Public Health Sciences.   

BSPH students interested in pursuing the 4+1 program must meet with their undergraduate advisor to develop an academic plan. The advisor will also explain the policies and procedures of the program and link the student with the graduate program advisor.

Admission Requirements

·       Application - Applicants must submit their application online through SOPHAS, the centralized application service of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). All application materials, including transcripts, test scores, statement of purpose/personal statement, resume/CV, and letters of recommendations, must be submitted directly through SOPHAS. Applicants to the MD/MPH program must apply through AMCAS. Applicants to other MPH joint degrees must apply to each program separately.

·       Transcripts – Applicants must submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. All foreign transcripts must be official and submitted in the original language. If the original language is not English, an official translation must be submitted along with the transcript. All non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) using ICAP course-by-course evaluation service.

·       Standardized Test Scores - The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for the MPH program.

·       English Proficiency Exam - International students are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). If English is not a student’s native language, the TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo requirement may be waived if the applicant holds an undergraduate or graduate degree from an academic institution within the United States or from one of the following English-speaking countries listed here.

·       Resume/Curriculum Vitae – Applicants must include a detailed resume including employment, public health experiences, community service, research, and academic or professional honors. Public health experience is not required in order to be considered for admission.

·       Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement – Applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose that details their academic interest in the program. The statement should discuss any experiences in public health including field experience, research, training, education or other related qualifications. Applicants should discuss how earning the degree will contribute to their future professional and career goals, as well as to the future of public health. Applicants should also address any academic deficiencies, if applicable.

·       Letters of Recommendation – Applicants must provide three letters of recommendation from individuals who are best able to assess their ability to be successful in a graduate degree program. Ideally, recommenders are recent professors, researchers or employers in a related field. Letters should be signed and on letterhead. Applicants will be asked to include the contact information of their recommenders on the SOPHAS application and recommenders will be sent an online form to complete via email.

For more information about our application process, please click here. To obtain detailed curricula on all our program offerings, please visit our website.

For further information, please contact:

Andria L. Williams, MBA
Director of Admissions
Department of Public Health Sciences

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
1120 N.W. 14 Street, Room 905 (R-669)
Miami, Florida 33136
Tel: 305-243-0291
Email: publichealthadmissions@miami.edu

Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses
EPH 600Introduction to the Science Practice of Public Health3
EPH 601Medical Biostatistics I4
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 641Environmental Health3
Generalist Concentration
EPH 607Interdisciplinary Health Communication3
EPH 602Biostatistics II3
or BST 625 Survey of Statistical Computing
EPH 644Fundamentals of Program Evaluation3
or EPH 656 Qualitative Research Methods
or EPH 647 Community Based Participatory Research and Social Network Analysis
Capstone 1
EPH 680Practical Field Experience3
EPH 682Generalist Capstone Project2
Electives Courses
Choose 12 credits of coursework in one or more of the following areas:12
EPH - 600 or 700 level courses not already listed
BST - 600 or 700 level courses not already listed
Biostatistics
Environmental and Public Health (not already listed)
Epidemiology and Population Health Sciences
Health Services Policy and Research
Prevention Science and Community Health
Total Credit Hours45

Sample MPH program = 2 years

This is a sample Plan of Study to complete the MPH degree in 2 years. Your actual course sequence may vary depending on your previous academic experience as well as current course offerings.

Students should meet with their academic advisor each semester to determine the appropriate course selection for subsequent semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
EPH 600 Introduction to the Science Practice of Public Health 3
EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics I 4
EPH 620 Health Education and Behavior 3
EPH 607 Interdisciplinary Health Communication 3
 Credit Hours13
Spring
EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3
EPH 632 U.S. Health Systems 3
EPH 602 Biostatistics II 3
EPH Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
Summer
EPH 680 Practical Field Experience 3
 Credit Hours3
Year Two
Fall
EPH 641 Environmental Health 3
EPH Elective 3
EPH Elective 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
EPH 644, 647,
Fundamentals of Program Evaluation
or Community Based Participatory Research and Social Network Analysis
or Qualitative Research Methods
3
EPH 682 Generalist Capstone Project 2
EPH Elective 3
 Credit Hours8
 Total Credit Hours45

Sample ACCELERATED MPH  = 1 year

Students applying to the MPH Accelerated program must start in the summer prior to their fall semester, and complete it in Summer A after the spring semester. This is a sample Plan of Study for the MPH Accelerated program. Your actual course sequence may vary depending on your previous academic experience as well as current course offerings.

Students should meet with their academic advisor each semester to determine the appropriate course selection.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Summer IICredit Hours
EPH 614 Global Outbreak 3
EPH 652 Health Policy 3
 Credit Hours6
Year Two
Fall
EPH 600 Introduction to the Science Practice of Public Health 3
EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics I 4
EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3
EPH 617 Disease Prevention and Health Promotion 3
EPH 641 Environmental Health 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
EPH 612 or 643 Global Health 1
or Introduction to Occupational Health
3
EPH 602 Biostatistics II 3
EPH 607 Interdisciplinary Health Communication 3
EPH 632 U.S. Health Systems 3
EPH 644, 647,
Fundamentals of Program Evaluation
or Community Based Participatory Research and Social Network Analysis
or Qualitative Research Methods
3
EPH 680 Practical Field Experience 3
EPH 639 or 722 Ecology and Control of Vector-Borne Diseases 2
or Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Control
3
 Credit Hours21
Summer I
EPH 682 Generalist Capstone Project 2
 Credit Hours2
 Total Credit Hours45

Mission

The mission of the Graduate Programs in Public Health is to develop leaders who can generate and translate knowledge into policy and practice to promote health and prevent disease in human populations.

Goals

Upon completion of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, all graduates will be able to:

  • Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health.
  • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context.
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate.
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice.
  • Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings.
  • Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels.
  • Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities' health.
  • Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs.
  • Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention.
  • Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management.
  • Select methods to evaluate public health programs.
  • Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence.
  • Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes.
  • Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations.
  • Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity.
  • Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making.
  • Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges.
  • Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors.
  • Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation.
  • Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content.
  • Perform effectively on inter-professional teams, and
  • Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue.

Generalist Concentration 

  • Produce graphical displays of data that effectively summarize descriptive and analytical findings.
  • Utilize reproducible research techniques and concepts.
  • Apply mixed methodological approaches that combine qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Generate a research/evaluation question and the appropriate analysis plan.
  • Design health communication messaging and employ effective multi-media strategies for health communications.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop and demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills in the presentation of public health information.
  • Students will develop and demonstrate the ability to make scholarly contributions to the field.
  • Students will develop the skills and professional knowledge necessary to gain employment in public health practice.