Academic Catalog

2023-2024 Edition

Master of Public Health


The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge base regarding the major elements of public health including health services administration, project and program design, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, social and behavioral theory and application, and healthcare policy and law. Students are equipped to pursue a career in the areas of health services administration, epidemiology, or health education. This 42-credit program may also serve as a stepping-stone into various doctoral degrees.

The Master of Public Health degree builds upon the professional knowledge and practical skills of the public health professions in accordance with the university’s Christian heritage and mission. This 42-credit degree can serve as a terminal degree or can prepare the adult student for applied doctoral degrees such as the Dr.P.H. (Doctor of Public Health) or Ed.D. (Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership). It is incumbent upon the student to confer with the institution conferring the terminal degree to determine admission and transfer requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) for the Master of Public Health

Graduates of the Master of Public Health degree program will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Demonstrate the ability to integrate a Christian worldview within the public health industry and society.
  • PLO 2: Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  • PLO 3: Evaluate key personal and organizational ethics affecting public health activities.
  • PLO 4: Critically evaluate interventions and outcomes based on data analysis and interpretation common to public health practice.
  • PLO 5: Apply critical thinking skills and systems-based approaches in evaluating public health research.
  • PLO 6: Implement specific professional competencies within a public health arena.
  • PLO 7: Articulate the role of diversity and cultural awareness in promoting high professional standards and better public health outcomes.

Requirements for the M.P.H.

Preparation for the Degree

STAT 280 with a grade of C- or higher, is a requisite course for the MPH program, specifically a prerequisite for the PUBH 520 course. STAT 280 does not count toward graduate degree totals.


This program features 14 classes at three credits each, including a 3-credit practicum, to total 42 credits. Each course meets for eight weeks. The graduate student typically takes one course at a time completing two courses each semester. The major core component is 27 credits in length, while the second component consists of 15 credits in a chosen emphasis.

Requirement Title Credits
Major Core Requirements 27
Total Credits42

Major Core Requirements

In order to earn the Master of Public Health degree, students must complete the following required core courses and the courses for one area of emphasis while achieving a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0:

Requirement Title Credits
PUBH 500Foundations of Public Health3
PUBH 510Social and Behavioral Theory and Application3
PUBH 520Biostatistics3
PUBH 530Environmental Health3
PUBH 540Epidemiology3
PUBH 550Health Services Administration3
PUBH 580Public Health, Cinema, and Social Media3
PUBH 610Leadership Practices in Public Health3
PUBH 690Graduate Public Health Culminating Experience3
Total Credits27


Master of Public Health students select from one of the following two areas of emphasis:

Public Health Analysis

Students completing the Master of Public Health degree with a public health analysis emphasis explore the biological determinants of disease and historic factors affecting mortality and morbidity. They also analyze and interpret statistical data and apply data models and strategies to healthcare issues in local, regional, national, and global contexts. Students complete five courses that align with their career goals. Such students are equipped to pursue careers in public health research and epidemiology with local, regional, national, and global health agencies.

Requirement Title Credits
PUBH 620Healthcare Research Methods3
PUBH 625Disease Investigation and Mitigation3
PUBH 630Public Health Program Design and Evaluation3
PUBH 640Multicultural Disease Prevention3
PUBH 660Global Engagement3
Total Credits15
Public Health Practice

Students completing the Master of Public Health degree with a public health practice emphasis develop skills in identifying and investigating public health issues and developing educational programs designed to promote health, modify behaviors, reduce risks, and improve well-being. Students select five courses that best match their career goals. Such students are equipped to pursue careers in health education or administration in governmental and non-governmental agencies, community colleges, and community-based health education programs.

Requirement Title Credits
PUBH 560Healthcare Policy, Law, and Society3
PUBH 570Sexuality, Gender, and Public Health3
PUBH 600Resource Management in Public Health3
PUBH 630Public Health Program Design and Evaluation3
PUBH 640Multicultural Disease Prevention3
PUBH 645Community Health Education3
PUBH 650Health Promotion and Risk Reduction3
PUBH 660Global Engagement3
Total Credits15