Master of Public Health

Major: PH MPH
Degree Awarded: MPH
Unit: GH
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/sphis/academics/mph-program

Program Information

Introduction

The master of public health (M.P.H.) 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 M.P.H. 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 M.P.H. 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.aspph.org/app/uploads/2014/04/Version2.31_FINAL.pdf)

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

Admission

The ideal candidate for admission to the M.P.H. 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 M.P.H. 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 School of Public Health and Information Sciences M.P.H. program can apply directly to the School of Public Health and Information Sciences.

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 M.P.H. program prior to completing this requirement
  • Students applying with a concentration in population health management or health policy must be interviewed by the HMSS health leadership committee

* The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants to the MPH Program who have four or more years of public health related experience. Each department determines what constitutes such experience for their discipline. Applicants interested in applying for a GRE waiver should contact the relevant department.

For information on the application process, please contact:

M.P.H. 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 following 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

Global Public Health

All

Requirements for declaring concentrations in the M.P.H. program after matriculation are:

Concentration

Concentration Acceptance Requirements

All

  • Student in good standing in M.P.H. 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

  • Declaration of concentration must be made by Nov. 1.

Pre-requisites:

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

    Epidemiology

    • Declaration of concentration must be made by Nov. 1. 

    No additional requirements

    Population Health Management

    • Declaration of concentration must be made by within the first three weeks of fall semester classes.
    • Review of application.
    • Interview of applicant by HMSS health leadership committee.
    • For undeclared or transferring students, in order to be considered for the population health management concentration, you must be enrolled in PHMS 680 Health Management Leadership Seminar for fall I semester.

    Health Promotion and Behavior

    • Declaration of concentration must be made by Nov. 1.

    No additional requirements

    Health Policy

    • Declaration of concentration must be made by Nov. 1.
    • Review of applicatio
    • Interview of applicant by HMSS health leadership committee
    No additional requirements for undeclared or transferring students.

    Biostatistics

    • Declaration of concentration must be made by Nov. 1.
    • Satisfactory progress in PHST-500 Introduction to Biostatistics at the point of declaration of concentration.
    • 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.

    Global Public Health

    • Declaration of concentration must be made by Nov. 1.
    No additional requirements

    Curriculum

    The curriculum consists of a minimum of 44 credit hours through core courses, concentration courses in one of the above listed 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. Before 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 M.P.H. 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 Credit Hours

    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 Credit Hours

    10

    Summer I

    PHPH 679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    Semester Total Credit Hours
    1

    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 Credit Hours

    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 Credit Hours

    12

    Degree Total Credit Hours

    44

    *Elective could be in Spring II

    Selected Electives (4 - 6 credit hours)

    Within the curriculum there is a minimum of four (4) credit hours and a maximum of eight (8) credit hours of electives (up to a total of 48 credit hours for the M.P.H. 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 hours)

    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 hours)

    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 hours)

    All students seeking an M.P.H. degree in the School of Public Health and Information Sciences must take a minimum of 21 credit hours in their selected concentration.

    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 645

    Health Sciences Data Collection Instrumentation

    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 Credit Hours

     

    10

    Summer

    PHPH 679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

     

    Semester Total Credit Hours

     

    1

    Fall II

    PHST 680

    Biostatistical Methods I

    3

     

    A 3 hour elective*

    3

     

    Selected elective course

    3

    PHPH 679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    Semester Total Credit Hours

     

    10

    Spring II

    PHST 681

    Biostatistical Methods II

    3

    PHST 684

    Categorical Data Analysis

    3

    PHST 640

    Statistical Methods for Research Design in Human Studies

    3

    PHPH 679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    PHPH 697

    Integrating Learning and Experience in Public Health

    2

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    12

    Concentration Total Credit Hours

    33

    *A 3 credit hour PHEP Course OR PHEP 648 (1) + PHEP 649 (1) + PHST 602(1) OR PHST 624 (2) + PHST 602 (1)


    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 credit hours. for a total of 3 credit hours.)

    1

     

    Semester Total Credit Hours

     

    10

    Summer

    PHPH 679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

     

    Semester Total Credit Hours

     

    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 Credit Hours

     

    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 Credit Hours

    12

    Concentration Total Credit Hours

    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 Credit Hours

    10

    Summer I

    PHPH 679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    Semester Total Credit Hours
    1

    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 Credit Hours

    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 Credit Hours

    12

    Degree Total Credit Hours

    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 Credit Hours

    (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 612

    Quality Assessment and Information Management

    3

    Semester Total Credit Hours

     

    12

    Summer

    PHPH 679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

     

    Semester Total Credit Hours

     

    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 Credit Hours

     

    13

    Spring II

    PHMS 635

    Health Law and Ethics

    3

    PHMS 625

    Population Health Management

    3

    PHMS 630

    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 Credit Hours

    12

    Degree Total Credit Hours

    50

    Concentration Total Credit Hours

    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 645

    Health Services Research Methods I

    3

    Semester Total Credit Hours

     

    12

    Summer

    PHPH 679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    Semester Total Credit Hours

     

    1

    Fall II

    PHMS 646

    Health Services Research Methods II

    3

    PHMS 662

    Health Economics

    3


     

    Health Policy Elective

    3

     

    Health Policy Elective

    3

    PHPH 679Public Health Practicum Experience1

    Semester Total Credit Hours

     

    13

    Spring II

    PHMS 704

    Health Impact Assessment

    3

    PHPB 611

    Community Organization & Assessment

    3

    PHPH 679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    PHPH 697

    Integrating Learning and Experience in Public Health

    2

    Semester Total Credit Hours

     

    9

    Degree Total Credit Hours

    46

    Concentration Total Credit Hours

    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 Credit Hours

     

    10

    Summer

    PHPH 679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

     

    Semester Total Credit Hours

     

    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 Credit Hours

     

    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 Credit Hours

    12

    Concentration Total Credit Hours

    33


    Global Public Health Concentration - Maternal and Child Health Emphasis

    Coursework

    48 total credit hours:
    14 credit hours of MPH core coursework
    10 credit hours of Global MPH core courses
    3 credit hours of practicum experience
    2 credit hours of integrating experience
    15 credit hours of targeted MCH concentration coursework
    4 credit hours of electives for MCH concentration

     

    Global Public Health Concentration with Emphasis in Maternal and Child Health 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

    PHEH 525

    Biological Basis for Parasitic and Infectious Diseases

    1

    Semester Total Credit hours

    12

    Spring I

    PHST 501

    Introduction to Biostatistics for Public Health II (core)

    3

    PHMS 530

    Comparative Health Systems

    3

    PHPB 614

    Critical Thinking and Program Evaluation

    3

    PHEP 615

    Foundations of Global Maternal & Child Health

    3

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    12

    Summer I

    PHPH 679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    Semester Total Credit Hours
    1

    Fall II

    PHST 645

    Health Sciences Data Collection Instrumentation

    3

    PHEP 624

    Methods in Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology

    3

    PHPB 620

    Emerging Infectious Diseases: Impacts and Control

    3

     

    Elective

    1

    PHPH 679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    11

    Spring II

    PHEH 526

    Nutrition and Maternal and Child Health

    3

    PHEP 625

    Child Health and Development

    3

     

    Elective

    3

    PHPH 679

    Public Health Practicum Experience

    1

    PHPH 697

    Integrating Learning and Experience in Public Health

    2

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    12

    Degree Total Credit Hours

    48



    Faculty

    DEPARTMENT OF BIOINFORMATICS AND BIOSTATISTICS

    Jack Barnette
    Professor

    Program Director, M.Sc. in C.I.S.

    Guy Brock

    Associate Professor

    Jeremy Gaskins

    Assistant Professor

    Bakeerathan Gunaratnam
    Assistant Professor

    Maiying Kong

    Associate Professor

    K.B. Kulasekera
    Professor

    Chair

    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

    Gary Hoyle

    Professor
    Chair

    Robert J. Jacobs
    Professor

    Director of M.P.H. Program

    Rachel Neal

    Associate Professor

    Zhang Qunwei

    Professor

    DEPARTMENT OF EPIDEMIOLOGY & POPULATION HEALTH

    Richard N. Baumgartner
    Professor

    Chair

    Kathy B. Baumgartner
    Professor

    Associate Dean

    Stephanie Boone
    Assistant Professor

    Frank Groves

    Associate Professor

    Richard Kerber

    Professor

    Joann Schulte
    Associate Professor

    Kira Taylor

    Assistant Professor

    Anne B. Wallis

    Assistant Professor

    Kristina Zierold

    Associate Professor

    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH MANAGEMENT & SYSTEMS SCIENCES

    Susan Olson Allen

    Assistant Professor

    Joseph Benitez

    Assistant Professor

    Lee W. Bewley
    Associate Professor

    Program Director, Healthcare Leadership

    Craig Blakely

    Professor
    Dean

    Priya Chandan
    Assistant Professor

    Liza Creel

    Assistant Professor

    Bob Esterhay

    Associate Professor

    J’Aime Jennings

    Assistant Professor

    Chris Johnson
    Professor

    Chair

    Bert Little

    Professor

    Rob Steiner

    Professor

    Barry Wainscott

    Emeritus 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

    Pete Walton

    Assistant Professor
    Associate Dean

    Monica Wendel
    Associate Professor

    Associate Dean

    Richard W. Wilson
    Professor

    Chair