Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health Program (MPH) is a 42 credit hour, specialized professional master degree program designed to prepare graduates for work in public health. Core courses are offered on-campus or online and consistent with accreditation standards.  The core curriculum focuses on the areas of knowledge critical to all public health practitioners.  The concentration courses give students an in-depth study of discipline specific competency areas. This value-based academic program will emphasize the areas of prevention, scientific knowledge base, and inter-dependency with other areas of knowledge and practice, and social justice. 

MPH Core Curriculum

CORE REQUIREMENTS (15 Cr. Hrs.)

SERVICE LEARNING AND CAPSTONE REQUIREMENTS (6 Cr. Hrs.)

CONCENTRATIONS (21 Cr. Hrs.)


Biostatistics

The Biostatistics concentration provides the basic biostatistical and quantitative skills and knowledge to prepare students for careers in public health practice and public health research. This area of study is designed to meet the needs of those individuals who work in public health and who desire to broaden their training by learning the statistical/quantitative evaluation of public health research and programs. The concentration provides the tools needed to conceptualize and define a public health problem in multidimensional terms, to develop an appropriate study design, to plan and implement proper statistical analyses, and to interpret and report the results of a study. The course work and applications focus on methodology typically used to analyze different types of public health data and provide the opportunity to apply these methods to real-world problems.

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS ( 18 Cr. Hrs.) 

ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS (3 Cr. Hrs.)

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Environmental and Occupational Health

The Environmental and Occupational Health concentration provides (1) basic knowledge in ecological, environmental, agricultural and occupational health, as well as toxicology; (2) a broad understanding of relevant problems in the various areas of ecological health, environmental health, occupational health, and safety or toxicology, with particular emphasis on agriculture; and (3) the ability to apply this information to important problems in these areas.  This area of study is designed to meet the needs of individuals who work in public health and who desire to broaden their training in environmental health, occupational health, toxicology, and related fields.

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS ( 15 Cr. Hrs.) 

ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS (6 Cr. Hrs.)     

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Epidemiology

The Epidemiology concentration provides the basic epidemiological skills and knowledge to prepare students for careers in public health. This area of study is designed to meet the needs of those individuals who currently work in public health as well as those who wish to embark on a career in public health. The concentration provides the tools needed to conceptualize a public health problem, to design an epidemiological study, to collect and analyze data, and to interpret and report the results of a study. The course work and applications focus on the determinants, distribution, dynamics, and etiology of disease in populations and include proposal and report writing, the promotion of good health practices, the prevention of disease, and the evaluation of public health policy and programs.

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (12-credit hrs.)            

SELECTIVES (6 Cr. Hrs. 1 GE and 1 ID)      

General Epidemiology (GE)

Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ID)

ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS (6 Cr. Hrs.)     

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Health Promotion

The Health Promotion concentration prepares students for implementing effective interventions directly with clients, determining a community's health needs, promoting healthy lifestyles, and carrying out health surveys.

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (12 Cr. Hrs.)  

ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS (9 Cr. Hrs.)     


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Maternal and Child Health

The MPH concentration in maternal and child health (MCH) takes a life course approach to the study of MCH through the lifespan, from preconception through pregnancy, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senescence. Such an approach addresses not only the health status at each stage of the lifespan, but the influence that health in one stage has in subsequent stages. A life course approach also considers the determinants of health — biological, behavioral, socio-cultural, and environmental — as well as the influence of policies and politics on the health status of mothers, children, adolescents, and families. The MCH concentration focuses on equity, social justice, and human rights.
Students are prepared as MCH professionals in practice (program planning and management, advocacy, policy making) and research that has an impact locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (12 Cr. Hrs.)  

ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS (9 Cr. Hrs.)     

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Public Health Administration and Policy

The Public Health Administration and Policy concentration prepares students for an administrative, managerial, or supervisory role, with an emphasis on planning, budgeting, program evaluation, and policy development.

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (15 Cr. Hrs.)  

SELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS (6 Cr. Hrs.)   

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The UNMC College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).  

For more information on the accreditation process and documents, please click here to go to the Accreditation page.