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Curriculum

The MPH Program in Urban Health is a non-thesis (professional) master's degree program offered by the Bouvé College of Health Sciences Department of Health Sciences. All MPH degree candidates must complete a total of 42 semester hours consisting of 15 semester hours of core public health courses, 12 semester hours of core urban health courses, 9 semester hours of elective courses, and a 3-credit Community-based Practicum and related Capstone Project in urban health.

Characteristics of the curriculum include academic rigor and competency-based education in a supportive and engaging learning environment. The curriculum components meet the Council on Education in Public Health accreditation requirements. Students may enroll in the MPH program on a part-time (1-2 courses per semester) or full-time (four courses per semester) basis. In general, the curriculum requires two years of full-time study to complete.

The 9 required courses meet once a week and are taught from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, facilitating enrollment for students who work full or part-time.

MPH Core Courses (5 courses, 3 credits each = 15 credits):

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Occupational & Environmental Health
  • Public Health Administration and Policy
  • Society, Behavior and Health

Core Urban Health Courses (4 courses, 3 credits each = 12 credits):

  • Principles and History of Urban Health
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Health in the United States
  • Urban Community Health Assessment
  • Selective: Health Education and Program Planning OR Program Evaluation

Core Course Descriptions

A selection of MPH elective offerings:  

Course Name
Advances in Measuring Behavior
Evaluating Health Care Quality
Social Epidemiology
Strategic Management and Leadership in Healthcare
Health Education and Program Planning
Qualitative Methods in Health and Illness
Public Health Nutrition
Global Health
Neighborhood and Public Health
Health Psychology
Sociology of Mental Health and Illness
Sociology of Health and Illness
Choice Theory / Reality Therapy
Health and Human Rights
Health Advocacy
Nutritional Epidemiology
Economic Perspectives on Health Policy

Contact Info

Laura Desrochers, MPH
312 Robinson Hall

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