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Master of Public Health

Major: PH MPH
Degree Awarded: MPH
Unit: GH
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Program Information


The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is designed to graduate students with skills in the core competencies in public health and additional competencies in one of the following concentrations: biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, health promotion and behavior, or health management.

Graduates of the MPH program are prepared for positions in the public health work force, in health-related industries, and in academic organizations and for further professional or academic education.

The MPH program has adopted a targeted subset of the competencies published by the Association of Schools of Public Health. (ASPH Education Committee. "Master's Degree in Public Health Core Competency Development Project, Version 2.3.


The ideal candidate for admission to the MPH program has received the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree or higher, can comprehend and communicate effectively in English, has the recommendations of at least three persons in a health-related or advanced education field, has performed satisfactorily in one or more standardized test, and is interested in pursuing a career in public health or a related field.

The requirements for admission to the MPH program are:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or its equivalent.
  • Recommended minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

If candidate’s primary language is not English, one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam with a minimum score of 90 (after conversion for test type).
  • Passing the exit examination for the advanced level of the Intensive English as a Second Language Program at the University of Louisville.
  • Degree from an accredited U.S. institution (requires provisional admission with evaluation of English language competency and potential requirement to pass the exit examination for the advanced level of the Intensive English as a Second Language Program at the University of Louisville).

Applicants must apply through the Centralized Application Service for Public Health (SOPHAS) at

Students graduating from the University of Louisville and planning to attend the SPHIS MPH program can apply directly to the SPHIS.
  • An application is considered once all of the following requirements have been received:
  • Three letters of recommendation written within the last twelve months.
  • Official transcripts of all degrees.
  • One-page personal statement written by the application that is a clear, substantive description of his or her goals in public health, noting any professional or research experience.
  • Official score from any of the following standarized tests: GRE, MCAT, DAT, GMAT, or LSAT.
  • International applicants: Foreign credential evaluation of all degrees from non-U.S. institutions. Please contact the MPH program prior to completing this requirement.


Concentrations are offered in each of the five basic areas of public health. Each concentration is designed to develop the competencies needed by a public health worker in the corresponding area.




Bioinformatics and Biostatistics

Environmental and Occupational Health

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences


Epidemiology and Population Health

Health Management

Health Management and Systems Sciences

Health Promotion and Behavior

Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

Requirements for acceptance to the concentrations in the MPH program are:



Concentration Acceptance Requirements


  • Student in good standing in MPH program.
  • Successful completion of core courses. 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in core courses for targeted concentration unless otherwise noted below.

Bioinformatics and Biostatistics

  • Grade of B+ or above from PHST-500 Introduction to Biostatistics.
  • Acceptable quantitative score from at least one of these exams: GRE (at least 50th percentile), GMAT (at least 50th percentile), or DAT (at least 16).
  • Transcripts showing other college-level mathematics or statistics course.
  • Instructor recommendation.
  • Participation in or successful completion of a research project with analytical component.
  • Exceptions may be granted.

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

  • Pre-requisites:
  • Grade of B+ or better in PHEH 500.
  • Transcripts showing training in college-level biochemistry and molecular or cell biology.

Epidemiology and Population Health

No additional requirements.

Health Management and System Sciences

No additional requirements.

Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

No additional requirements.



The curriculum consists of a minimum of 44 credit hours through core courses, concentration courses in one of the five core areas of public health, completion of a practicum experience, and completion of an integrating experience. The core courses are generally completed prior to taking concentration courses, the integration experience, and the practicum.  At the end of the first semester full-time students identify a concentration and apply for admission to the concentration (see Concentration Acceptance Requirements). Once admitted into a concentration the student takes concentration courses, completes the practicum experience, and the  integrating experience.

In addition to the course work, the practicum, and the integration experience, all students must take the National Certification Exam for Public Health after completion of 21 credit hours (which includes completion of all core courses).

Full-time students are expected to complete the program and graduate in two years. Part-time students are required to complete the program and graduate within six years.

Faculty Advisor

On matriculation, each student is assigned a faculty advisor and is requested to meet at least twice each semester with his or her advisor. Advisors are available to address general academic and public health questions and to assist the student in declaration of his or her area of concentration.

After admission into a concentration, each student is assigned a faculty advisor from the Department that houses their concentration.   The faculty advisor serves as academic practicum advisor, academic mentor, and counselor on career and employment opportunities, professional development, and opportunities beyond graduate studies.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for the MPH degree are:

  • Successful completion of core, concentration, practicum experience, and integrating experience coursework.
  • Completion of the National Certification Exam for Public Health (CPE).

Departmental Faculty

Robert Jacobs, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies

Contact Information

Public Health - MPH

Robert R. Jacobs, Ph.D.,
Director of Graduate Studies

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