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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 a School-based program designed to graduate students each with core competencies in public health and specialized competencies in one of the following concentrations: biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, health promotion and behavior, and 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 dual M.D.-MPH degree program is a five-year program.  In addition, a Dual Bachelor-MPH degree is available.


The ideal candidate for admission to the MPH program has received the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree or higher, has education or training in one or more health-related fields, has worked or studied in a public health-related situation, 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 very 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 250 (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)
  • An application is considered once all of the following requirements have been received:
  • Graduate application and payment of application fee.
  • Three letters of recommendation written within the last twelve months.
  • Official transcripts of all degrees.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • 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.
  • 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 by the department that focuses on the area. 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


·     Grade from PHST-500 Introduction to Biostatistics

·     Other evidence of analytic ability, for example:

-    Quantitative score from at least one of these exams: GRE, GMAT, or DAT

-    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


No additional requirements.


·     Grade from PHEP-501 Introduction to Epidemiology

·     Grade from PHST-500 Introduction to Biostatistics

·     Exceptions may be granted.

Health management

No additional requirements.

Health promotion and behavior

No additional requirements.

Individual Track Option

A student may complete an individual track in place of completing a concentration. The individual track option is designed for students who meet the requirements and wish to study areas of public health that are not directly addressed by one of the available concentrations or who are enrolled in a dual master’s degree program with the MPH. A student’s program of study in an individual track is established as part of admission to the individual track option.

Requirements for admission to the individual track option are the following:

  • GPA of 3.25 or higher in required first-year MPH program courses

One of:

  • Enrollment in a dual master’s degree program with the MPH
  • Personal statement of purpose and reasons for an individual track
  • Program director approval of a faculty member to serve as the student’s advisor for the track application process and, if admitted, for the track and practicum
  • An acceptable program of study for an individual track recommended by the student’s advisor
  • Competitive selection of student’s application using rankings of the above requirements among all applicants for an individual track at that time

The program may limit the number of admissions to the individual track option in any one year based on the total number of MPH students and dual degree students. In addition the program director may seek review and advice from the MPH Advisory Committee on some or all of the applications. If a student is not admitted to the individual track option, he or she must choose and be admitted to an existing concentration.


The curriculum consists of courses in four areas: core (6 courses), concentration or individual track (5), practicum experience (2), and integrating experience (3). Core courses and two integrating experience courses are completed prior to taking courses in other areas. Toward the end of taking these courses, each student either identifies his or her area of concentration and is admitted to the department offering the concentration or applies and is admitted to the individual track option. Once admitted into the concentration or individual track option, the student takes concentration courses or course in his or her individual track program of study, completes the practicum experience, and takes the remaining integrating experience course, which includes a comprehensive written examination focused on the program’s core MPH competencies.

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 or the individual track option.

After admission into a concentration, each student is assigned a faculty advisor who serves as academic practicum advisor, academic mentor, and counselor on career and employment opportunities, professional development, and opportunities beyond graduate studies. The faculty advisor for a student in the individual track option is assigned as part of admission to the option.

Program of Study

The program of study is predetermined for courses in core, practicum experience, and integrating experience areas and in the majority of the concentration area. Concentrations have one or two elective courses. The program of study for an individual track is established as part of admission to the individual track option.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for the MPH degree are:

  • Successful completion of core, concentration, practicum experience, and integrating experience coursework
  • Completion of all deliverables for the practicum experience
  • Minimum score of 80% on either of two tries of a comprehensive examination on MPH competencies (part of PHPH-697 Integrating Learning and Experience in Public Health) or successful completion of remediation project (part of PHPH-601)

Departmental Faculty

Robert Jacobs, Ph.D.


Contact Information

Public Health - MPH

Robert R. Jacobs, Ph.D.,

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