Master of Public Health (MPH)

The MPH program prepares students for careers in the practice of epidemiology in local, state, national, and international health agencies. These students obtain broad training in public health as well as in epidemiology. The MPH curriculum includes courses in environmental health, behavioral sciences, biostatistics, and health services. Students may also take courses to develop skills needed in the public health arena such as data management, survey and questionnaire development, scientific writing, and grant writing.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 68 units of graduate or upper division course work for the MPH degree including Public Health 200A (8 units), Public Health 200B (8 units), Biostatistics 100B (4 units), Epidemiology 200A (4 units), Epidemiology 200B (6 units), Epidemiology 220 (4 units), Epidemiology 400 (4 units), Epidemiology 401 (4 units), Epidemiology M403 (4 units), Epidemiology 413 (2 units), and an approved course in chronic disease epidemiology (2 or 4 units). Remaining course work will be selected from the Department’s eligible courses excluding those mentioned above. At least eight units must be taken from the 400 level series. All courses applied to degree requirements must be taken for a letter grade.

As a culminating experience, MPH students are required to take a comprehensive exam and to submit a report on an field study project to demonstrate an understanding of epidemiologic methods and applying what they learned to a public health concern (Epidemiology 400).

Applied Practice Experience 

MPH students in the two-year program (68 units) will complete a field study during the summer between the first and second year of their studies.  The field study provides the opportunity to apply the materials from the MPH education in a practical setting. Students then enroll in Epidemiology 400: Field Studies in Epidemiology in the term when they can submit their project report for a grade.  

Capstone Plan

The aim of the capstone is to assess each student's ability to select theories, methods, and techniques from across the content matter of a field, integrate and synthesize knowledge, and apply it to the solution of public health problems.  The requirement is fulfilled by completing a project that is specifically designed for the concentration.  Students must be in good academic standing, with a grade point average of 3.0 or better, before undertaking the completion of the capstone requirement.

The MPH in Epidemiology requires a written Capstone Project and must be satisfactorily completed by the last term of enrollment. This Integrative Learning Experience is a high-quality written cumulative report of the Applied Practice Experience. The topic of the Capstone Project will be determined by the student in consultation with their Faculty Adviser.