Degree requirements are designated by the academic year during which they were published in the Graduate Catalog. Students are responsible for meeting the degree requirements that were stipulated in the Graduate Catalog at the time of enrollment into the program. Links for degree requirements from previous academic years can be found in archived graduate catalogs.
Program of Study
Students must complete 42 credits of graduate course work. Each course can be used to fulfill only one requirement. A graduate course in which a grade of C or below is earned may be repeated only once. Graduate students may repeat no more than two courses in their stated program of study. Students must maintain a 3.00 GPA to graduate.
Students may take classes on a part-time or full-time basis, but must complete all program requirements within six years of first enrollment. Most students will complete the program in 2 or 3 years. All required courses are offered in the evening, starting at either 4:30 or 7:20 pm. All MPH core classes and other selected courses are offered online.
The required 200-hour practicum gives students the opportunity to practice and improve professional skills in a supervised practice setting and is completed in two parts. The first part is completed while enrolled in GCH 780 Practicum Seminar. This zero-credit course helps student identify and arrange their practicum placements in a structured environment. In the subsequent term, students perform work as interns at their selected placement sites for 200 contact hours and make final presentations of their experiences to the faculty and fellow students. The practicum continues to be an outstanding means for expanding professional networks, and many students have found permanent jobs through their practicum experiences.
The Culminating Experience course (GCH 792) guides students through a praxis experience that serves as the MPH comprehensive exam. In this course, students synthesize skills and knowledge gained throughout the curriculum and apply what they have learned to address an issue relevant to public health. Using a project-based format, students identify a public health problem, explore potential solutions, and develop a plan of action. The final product is presented to the faculty and is used to assess student mastery of public health competencies. The course is completed during the final semester of enrollment in the program.