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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health program provides students with specialized knowledge and practical application of public health principles across a wide array of national and international settings such as public healthcare settings, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. The program focuses on health promotion and prevention, disease state management, and related activities of interest to public health care practitioners and policy makers, with an emphasis on innovative and cross-functional approaches. In keeping with the social justice mission of the University and the College of Interprofessional Health and Human Services, the MPH program is designed to meet the needs of the people and places of the global community and health care practitioners who serve these communities.

The curriculum is designed for both health care professionals who hold a bachelor degree or higher in their field of practice as well as for those who seek an entry into public health at the MPH level. Students will have the option to study for a generalist MPH degree or to tailor coursework and projects to explore specific areas of interest and pursue in-depth study such as global/migrant, urban/rural, or environmental health.

The MPH program was created to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals, with hybrid courses offered on Saturdays.  The teaching teams include academics prepared in the field of Public Health and local public health experts.

MPH Learning Outcomes

The MPH program is comprised of competencies informed across the five traditional public health areas, including biostatistics, epidemiology, health services administration, health education/behavioral science, and environmental health.

In addition, there are cross-cutting and emerging public health areas addressed by the program:

  • Evidence-based approaches to public health
  • Public health and health care systems
  • Planning and management to promote health
  • Policy in public health
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Interprofessional practice
  • Systems thinking

Program Director

Kathleen Walker, Ph.D., MS, FNP, CNM, RN
(585) 389-4974

Entry Requirements

  1. Completed Online Application
  2. Completion of the professional statement as described on the application
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges attended
    • Applicant must have completed, or will be completing, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative index of 3.0 and a “B” average in the major field by the start date of the desired term. Prerequisite courses include statistics and human biology.
    • An applicant who does not meet these grade point average expectations must address them in his/her professional statement; please see the Professional Statement section of the admissions application for further information.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of the profession through work or volunteer experience.
  5. Two letters of recommendation, one from a professor and one from a professional colleague, evaluating the applicant’s ability to complete the MPH degree as well as the applicant’s leadership capacity.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission leading up to the desired start term

Full-time enrollment: Fall term only

Program Curriculum

Following the guidelines of the Association of Programs and Schools in Public Health, the program curriculum of 42 credits is designed to provide a generalist perspective. All courses are 3 credits. The following courses are required for completion of the MPH program.

Generalist Track (42 credits)

Course Sequencing

First Year Course Sequence

MPH 500 (1st 5 weeks) MPH 503 (1st 5 weeks) MPH 506
MPH 501 (2nd 5 weeks) MPH 504 (2nd 5 weeks) MPH 507
MPH 502 (3rd 5 weeks) MPH 505 (3rd 5 weeks)  

Fall and Spring

  • courses meet in-person for three Saturdays 9:00am-5:30pm, with two additional online Saturday sessions.


  • courses are offered over four weekends, mid-May through end of July 
  • each course meets for two weekends on campus: Friday night 5:30-9:00 PM, and Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM with additional online coursework.

Second Year Course Sequence

Fall Spring
MPH 608 MPH 611
MPH 609 MPH 612
MPH 610 MPH 613


  • courses meet in-person for three Saturdays 9:00am-5:30pm, with two additional online Saturday sessions.


  • MPH 611 & 613 - taught in a 10-week format
  • MPH 612 - fieldwork placement requiring a minimum of 120 hours over a 10-week period