Master of Public Health - Core Requirement

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The Master of Public Health requires 42 units of approved graduate work including 30 units of core competency classes (which includes a six-unit internship) and an additional nine to twelve units of electives to support specific career objectives. The program requires 75 percent of the coursework to be taken from 500-level courses. Therefore, all students must take at least one 500-level elective course.

The MPH program can be completed in 2 years if students enroll in 9 units each semester and 6 units during the summer between year 1 and year 2. Two Core Competency courses (HESC 515, HESC 524) are offered during the summer only.

Core Competency Courses (24 units)

  • HESC 500 Issues in Public Health (3)
  • HESC 501 Advanced Methods in Epidemiology (3)
  • HESC 508 Statistical Methods in Kinesiology and Health Science (3)
  • HESC 510 Research Methods in Health Science (3)
  • HESC 515 Advanced Environmental Health (3)
  • HESC 524 Public Health Administration (3)
  • HESC 535 Advanced Study in Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
  • HESC 540 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3)

HESC 550 Graduate Internship (6 units). The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) requires 240 hours of internship.  Students may begin the internship after completing all core competency courses and two (2) electives. Usually students begin their internship in the spring semester of year 2, and dedicate time during usual working hours to completing this requirement.

Electives (9-12 units). Working with a faculty adviser, students select 9-12 units of electives to support career objectives in one of the following three tracks: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety; and Gerontological Health. These career tracks allow student to select unique combinations of courses appropriate for their professional objectives.

Terminal Requirements (0-3 units). HESC 597 Project (3) OR HESC 598 Thesis (3) OR Comprehensive Examination (0). Students who choose the comprehensive examination must complete an additional adviser-approved course (3 units).

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