Master of Public Health

Major: PH MPH
Degree Awarded: MPH
Unit: GH
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/sphis/academics/master-of-public-health.html

Program Information

Introduction

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 management or health promotion and behavior.

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.

Competencies

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.” http://www.asph.org/userfiles/version2.3.pdf.)

The learning objectives for each course in the MPH curriculum are mapped to these targeted ASPH competencies.

Admission

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 on 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 WWW.SOPHAS.org.

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 after 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 standardized 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.

For information on the application process, please contact:

MPH Program
School of Public Health and Information Sciences
University of Louisville
485 East Gray Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: 502-852-3289
Fax: 502-852-3294

Concentrations

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.

Concentration

Department

Biostatistics

Bioinformatics and Biostatistics

Environmental and occupational health

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Epidemiology

Epidemiology and Population Health

Population Health management

Health Management and Systems Sciences

Health Policy

Health Management and System Sciences

Health promotion and behavior

Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

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

Concentration

Concentration Acceptance Requirements

All

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

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

    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.

    Curriculum

    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.

    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 school.

    Degree Requirements

    Requirements for the MPH degree are:

    • Successful completion of core, concentration, practicum experience, and integrating experience coursework

    Coursework

    44 total credit hours:

    14 credit hours of core coursework
    4 credit hours of selected electives
    3 credit hours of practicum experience
    2 credit hours of integrating experience
    21 credit hours of concentration coursework

    Required Coursework

    Semester

    Course #

    Course Title (and Area, as needed)

    Credit Hours

    Fall I

    PHEH-500

    Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences (core)

    2

    PHMS-501

    Introduction to Public Health Practice and Administration (core)

    2

    PHPB-501

    Introduction to Health Behavior (core)

    2

    PHEP-501

    Introduction to Epidemiology (core)

    2

    PHST-500

    Introduction to Biostatistics for Public Health I (core)

    3

    Semester Total

    11

    Spring I

    PHST-501

    Introduction to Biostatistics for Public Health II (core)

    3

     

    Concentration Course #1

    3

     

    Concentration Course #2

    3

     

    Selected elective course

    1

    Semester Total

    10

    Summer I

    PHPH-679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    Semester Total1

    Fall II

     

    Concentration course #3

    3

     

    Concentration course #4

    3

     

    Selected elective courses (note: can be 1, 2, or 3 hrs – Total 3hrs)*

    3

    PHPH-679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    Semester Total

    10

    Spring II

     

    Concentration course #5

    3

     

    Concentration course #6

    3

     

    Concentration course #7

    3

    PHPH-679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    PHPH-697

    Integrating Learning and Experience in Public Health

    2

    Semester Total

    12

    Degree Total

    44

    *Elective could be in Spring II

    Selected Electives (4-6 credit hrs)

    Within the curriculum there is a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 hours of electives (up to a total of 48 hrs for the MPH degree). A list of selected elective courses is published each fall and may vary from fall to fall. The number of selected elective courses is limited, and some courses may have limited enrollment sizes. Examples of selected elective courses are: geographic information systems in public health; strategic planning and program evaluation in public health; constructing, implementing, and analyzing surveys in public health; and maternal and child health. In addition, selected concentration elective courses may be included that are taken with permission of the instructor and faculty advisor.

    PHPH-679 Public Health Practicum Experience (3 credit hrs)

    The Practicum Experience places the student in a non-academic organization providing public health-related services. The practicum experience and its required deliverables must be completed to fulfill degree program requirements.

    PHPH-697 Integrating Learning and Experience in Public Health (2 credit hrs)

    This course is designed to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences and to apply this knowledge to situations that represent various aspects of professional public health practice. Through the evaluation of previous cases and the development of a new case from current and emerging areas of public health, students working in teams demonstrate their abilities in applying general and specific public health knowledge they have learned through their courses of study.

    Concentration courses (21 credit hrs)

    All students seeking an MPH degree in the School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS) must take a minimum of 21 credit hours in their selected concentration. For a detailed description of coursework for each of the five concentrations, click here.

    Biostatistics Concentration

    Coursework

    Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Concentration Coursework

    Semester

    Course #

    Course Title

    Credit Hours

     

    PHST-501

    Introduction to Biostatistics for Public Health II (core)

    3

    Spring I

    PHST 640

    Statistical Methods for Research Design in Human Studies

    3

    PHST 620

    Introduction to Statistical Computing

    3

     

    Selected elective courses (note: these can be 1, 2, or 3 hrs. for a total of 3 hrs.)

    1

     

    Semester Total

     

    10

    Summer

    PHPH-679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

     

    Semester Total

     

    1

    Fall II

    PHST 680

    Biostatistical Methods I

    3

    Epi Elective or

    Epi SAS (2) + PHST 602(1)

    A 3 hour Epi Course OR Epi SAS (2) + PHST 602(1) OR

    PHST 624 (Clinical Trials I) (2) + PHST 602 Biostatistics Seminar. (1)

    3

     

    Selected elective course

    3

    PHPH-679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    Semester Total

     

    10

    Spring II

    PHST 681

    Biostatistical Methods II

    3

    PHST 684

    Categorical Data Analysis

    3

    PHST 671

    Special Topics in Biostatistics and Decision Science

    3

    PHPH-679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    PHPH-697

    Integrating Learning and Experience in Public Health

    2

    Semester Total

    12

    Concentration Total

    33

    Environmental and Occupational Health Concentration

    Coursework

    Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Concentration Coursework

    Semester

    Course #

    Course Title

    Credit Hours

    Spring I

    PHST-501

    Introduction to Biostatistics for Public Health II (core)

    3

    PHEH 640

    Risk Assessment and Environmental Policy

    3

    PHEH 651

    Advanced Environmental Health

    3

     

    Selected elective courses (note: these can be 1, 2, or 3 hrs. for a total of 3 hrs.)

    1

     

    Semester Total

     

    10

    Summer

    PHPH-679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

     

    Semester Total

     

    1

    Fall II

    PHEH 610

    Occupational Safety and Health

    3

    PHEH XXX

    Nutrition (new course)

    3

     

    Selected approved elective course

    3

    PHPH-679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    Semester Total

     

    10

    Spring II

    PHEH XXX

    Pulmonary Toxicology (new course)

    3

    PHEH XXX

    Shared SPHIS Course or Environmental Sampling and Analysis

    3

     

    Selected approved elective

    3

    PHPH-679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    PHPH-697

    Integrating Learning and Experience in Public Health

    2

    Semester Total

    12

    Concentration Total

    33

    Epidemiology Concentration

    Coursework

    Epidemiology and Population Health Required Coursework

    Semester

    Course #

    Course Title (and Area, as needed)

    Credit Hours

    Spring I

    PHST-501

    Introduction to Biostatistics for Public Health II (core)

    3

    PHEP 619

    Biology of Disease in Populations (to be required for epi students, elective to others)

    3

    PHEP 602

    Epidemiology Methods

    3

     

    Selected approved elective course

    1

    Semester Total

    10

    Summer I

    PHPH-679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    Semester Total1

    Fall II

    PHEP 616

    Disease Surveillance/Health Statistics

    3

    PHEP xxx

    Survey and Sampling Methods

    3

     

    Selected approved elective courses (note: can be 1, 2, or 3 hrs – Total 3hrs)

    3

    PHPH-679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    Semester Total

    10

    Spring II

    PHEP 617

    Field Epidemiology

    3

    PHEP 655

    Emerging Issues in Epidemiology

    3

    PHEP xxx

    Epidemiology and Public Health Policy

    3

    PHPH-679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    PHPH-697

    Integrating Learning and Experience in Public Health

    2

    Semester Total

    12

    Degree Total

    44

    Population Health Management Concentration

    Coursework

    Population Health Management Concentration Coursework

    Semester

    Course #

    Course Title

    Credit Hours

    Fall I

    PHMS-680

    Health Management Leadership Seminar

    1

    Semester Total

    (Including Fall I core courses listed above)

    12

    Spring I

    PHST-501

    Introduction to Biostatistics for Public Health II (core)

    3

    PHMS-710

    Health Policy & Analysis

    3

    PHMS-609

    Health Finance and Financial Management

    3

    PHMS-XXX

    Quality Assessment and Information Management

    3

    Semester Total

     

    12

    Summer

    PHPH-679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

     

    Semester Total

     

    1

    Fall II

    PHMS-615

    Introduction to Health Systems

    3

    PHMS-620

    Healthcare Strategic Planning & Marketing

    3

    PHMS-605

    Governance and Management of Healthcare Organizations

    3

    PHMS-662

    Health Economics

    3

    PHMS-679Public Health Practicum Experience1

    Semester Total

     

    13

    Spring II

    PHMS-XXX

    Health Law and Ethics

    3

    PHMS-XXX

    Population Health Management

    3

    PHMS-XXX

    Human Resource Management in the Health Sector

    3

    PHPH-679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    PHPH-697

    Integrating Learning and Experience in Public Health

    2

    Semester Total

    12

    Degree Total

    50

    Concentration Total

    36

    Health Policy Concentration

    Coursework


    Health Policy Concentration Coursework

    Semester

    Course #

    Course Title

    Credit Hours

    Spring I

    PHST-501

    Introduction to Biostatistics for Public Health II (core)

    3

    PHMS-609

    Health Finance and Financial Management

    3

    PHMS-710

    Health Policy and Analysis

    3

    PHMS-XXX

    Health Services Research Methods I

    3

    Semester Total

     

    12

    Summer

    PHPH-679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    Semester Total

     

    1

    Fall II

    PHMS-XXX

    Health Services Research Methods II

    3

    PHMS-662

    Health Economics

    3

    PHPB-611

    Community Organization & Assessment

    3

     

    Health Policy Elective

    3

    PHPH-679Public Health Practicum Experience1

    Semester Total

     

    13

    Spring II

    PHMS-704

    Health Impact Assessment

    3

     

    Health Policy Elective

    3

    PHPH-679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    PHPH-697

    Integrating Learning and Experience in Public Health

    2

    Semester Total

     

    9

    Degree Total

    46

    Concentration Total

    32

    Health Promotion and Behavior Concentration

    Coursework

    Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences Concentration Coursework

    Semester

    Course #

    Course Title

    Credit Hours

    Spring I

    PHST-501

    Introduction to Biostatistics for Public Health II (core)

    3

    PHPB-611

    Community Organization and Assessment

    3

    PHPB-604

    Health Decision and Risk Analysis

    3

     

    Selected elective courses (note: these can be 1, 2, or 3 hrs. for a total of 3 hrs.)

    1

     

    Semester Total

     

    10

    Summer

    PHPH-679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

     

    Semester Total

     

    1

    Fall II

    PHPB-612

    Health Communication Campaigns

    3

    PHPB-614

    Critical Thinking and Program Evaluation

    3

     

    Selected elective course

    3

    PHPH-679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    Semester Total

     

    10

    Spring II

    PHPB-XXX

    Policy Development and Advocacy

    3

    PHPB-615

    Advanced Program Evaluation

    3

    PHPB-XXX

    Social Determinants of Health

    3

    PHPH-679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    PHPH-697

    Integrating Learning and Experience in Public Health

    2

    Semester Total

    12

    Concentration Total

    33

      Faculty

      DEPARTMENT OF BIOINFORMATICS AND BIOSTATISTICS

      K.B. Kulasekera
      Professor

      Chair

      Jack Barnette
      Professor

      Associate Dean

      Guy Brock

      Associate Professor

      Jeremy Gaskins

      Assistant Professor

      Maiying Kong

      Associate Professor

      Doug Lorenz

      Assistant Professor

      Riten Mitra

      Assistant Professor

      Shesh N. Rai

      Professor

      Dongfeng Wu

      Associate Professor

      Qi Zheng

      Assistant Professor

      DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES

      David J. Tollerud
      Professor

      Chair

      Gary Hoyle

      Professor

      Robert J. Jacobs
      Professor

      Director of MPH Program

      Rachel Neal

      Assistant Professor

      Zhang Qunwei

      Associate Professor

      DEPARTMENT OF EPIDEMIOLOGY & POPULATION HEALTH

      Richard N. Baumgartner
      Professor

      Chair

      Kathy B. Baumgartner
      Professor

      Associate Dean

      Frank Groves

      Associate Professor

      Richard Kerber

      Associate Professor

      Kira Taylor

      Assistant Professor

      Anne B. Wallis

      Assistant Professor

      Dongyan Yang

      Assistant Professor

      Kristina Zierold

      Associate Professor

      DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH MANAGEMENT & SYSTEMS SCIENCES

      Chris Johnson
      Professor

      Chair

      Susan Olson Allen

      Assistant Professor

      Joseph Benitez

      Assistant Professor

      Lee W. Bewley
      Associate Professor

      Program Director

      Craig Blakely

      Dean

      Liza Creel

      Assistant Professor

      Bob Esterhay

      Associate Professor

      J’Aime Jennings

      Assistant Professor

      Bert Little

      Professor

      Rob Steiner

      Professor

      Barry Wainscott

      Assistant Professor

      DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROMOTION & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

      Richard Clover

      Professor

      Ryan M. Combs

      Assistant Professor

      Muriel J. Harris

      Associate Professor

      Jelani Kerr

      Assistant Professor

      A. Scott LaJoie

      Associate Professor

      William P. McKinney
      Professor

      Associate Dean

      Anne B. Wallis

      Assistant Professor

      Pete Walton

      Assistant Professor

      Associate Dean

      Monica Wendel
      Associate Professor

      Associate Dean

      Richard W. Wilson
      Professor

      Chair