Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health Program (MPH) is a 45 credit hour, specialized professional master degree program designed to prepare graduates for work in public health. Core courses, consistent with accreditation standards, focus on the areas of knowledge basic to public health. This value-based academic program will emphasize the areas of prevention, scientific knowledge base, inter-dependency with other areas of knowledge and practice, and social justice.

The MPH program has concentrations in the following:

Biostatistics (On-Campus or Online Program)
Community Oriented Primary Care
Environmental and Occupational Health (On-Campus or Online Program)
Epidemiology
Health Promotion
Maternal and Child Health
Public Health Administration and Policy
Public Health Practice  (Online Program)

MPH Core Curriculum

A total of 45 credit hours are required for completion of the Master of Public Health Program.

CORE COURSES

21 cr hrs

CPH 500

Foundations in Public Health

3 cr hrs

CPH 501

Health Behavior

3 cr hrs

CPH 502

Health Services Administration

3 cr hrs

CPH 503

Public Health Environment and Society

3 cr hrs

CPH 504

Epidemiology in Public Health

3 cr hrs

CPH 505
   -or-  
CPH 517

Applied Research in Public Health    

Design of Medical Health Studies*   
*Required for Biostatistics students only

3 cr hrs

CPH 506

Biostatistics I

3 cr hrs

CONCENTRATION COURSES

See options below

12 cr hrs

ELECTIVES (selected with advisor)

6 cr hrs

SERVICE LEARNING/CAPSTONE

6 cr hrs

CPH 528

Service Learning for MPH Students

3 cr hrs

CPH 529

Capstone Experience for MPH Students

3 cr hrs

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

45 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.

12 credit hours from these courses:

CPH 652 Biostatistical Methods II 3 cr hrs
CPH 653 Categorical Data Analysis 3 cr hrs
CPH 654 Survival Data Analysis 3 cr hrs
CPH 655 Correlated Data Analysis 3 cr hrs

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Community Oriented Primary Care

The MPH concentration in community-oriented primary care (COPC) is designed to provide students with knowledge, tools, and skills in community orientation of health services, necessary for the application of the COPC approach. The COPC approach integrates clinical individual care and public health, allowing both actions to be implemented and carried out by a single team. The conceptual framework of COPC and the curriculum of this concentration are oriented to the implementation of community health care programs as a component of public health.

12 credit hours from these courses:

CPH 551 Community Oriented Primary Care: Principles and Practice  3 cr hrs
CPH 552 Opportunities and Challenges in the Application of COPC 3 cr hrs
CPH 538 Public Health Program Evaluation 3 cr hrs
CPH 545 Health Disparities and Health Equity 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.

12 credit hours from these courses:

CPH 590 Elements of Industrial Safety for Health Sciences 3 cr hrs
CPH 593 Principles of Occupational and Environmental Health 3 cr hrs
CPH 594 Environmental Exposure Assessment 3 cr hrs
CPH 597 Principles of Toxicology 3 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.

12 credit hours from these courses:

CPH 621 Chronic Disease Epidemiology 3 cr hrs
CPH 623 Infectious Disease Epidemiology 3 cr hrs
CPH 6250 Biostatistics II 3 cr hrs
Select 3 credits from the list below:
CPH 620 Chronic Disease Epidemiology 3 cr hrs
CPH 641
CPH 642
Cancer Epidemiology (2 cr hrs)
Cancer Epidemiology (1 cr hr)
3 cr hrs
CPH 646 Mental Health Epidemiologic 3 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.

12 credit hours from these courses:

CPH 534 Interventions in Health Promotion 3 cr hrs
CPH 536  Health Promotion Program Planning 3 cr hrs
CPH 538 Health Promotion Program Evaluation 3 cr hrs
CPH 539 Public Health Leadership & Advocacy

3 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.

12 credit hours from these courses:

CPH 546 Introduction to MCH 3 cr hrs
CPH 547 Advanced MCH 3 cr hrs
CPH 548 Child and Adolescent Growth and Development 2 cr hrs
CPH 549 Women’s Health 2 cr hrs
CPH 627 Epidemiological Measurements and Research in MCH 2 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.

12 credit hours from these courses:

CPH 565 Health Care Finance 3 cr hrs
CPH 562 Human Resources Management in Health Org. 3 cr hrs
CPH 580 Health Care Organizational Theory and Behavior 3 cr hrs
CPH 566 Health Policy 3 cr hrs

Select 6 credit hours of elective courses from the following list:

CPH 563 Strategic Planning and Management in Public Health 3 cr hrs
CPH 564 Health Economics 3 cr hrs
CPH 560 US Healthcare System 3 cr hrs
CPH 555 Public Health Law 3 cr hrs

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Public Health Practice  (online program)

The Public Health Practice concentration prepares students for the planning, evaluation and management of programs and organizations in public health practice.

12 credit hours from these courses:

CPH 536 Health Promotion Program Planning 3 cr hrs
CPH 538 Public Health Program Evaluation 3 cr hrs
CPH 563 Strategic Planning & Management in Public Health 3 cr hrs
CPH 565 Health Care Finance 3 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.