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Program Requirements

Program Prerequisites
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s or graduate degree from an accredited college or university with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher or a graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the major subject area.

All MPH applicants will be expected to have adequate preparation in the sciences, including at least one college-level course in general biology (including human biology), mathematics (e.g., calculus or algebra), and a social science (e.g., sociology, anthropology, or psychology). Basic computer skills are also expected. Courses in health-related fields such as anatomy, physiology, nutrition, chemistry, physics, and statistics are not mandated, but are strongly recommended. Previous professional or other relevant work experience is also highly desirable, but not required.

Program Requirements
MPH students must complete a total of 42 credit hours. This includes the following coursework:  Core courses: 18 credit hrs; Electives: 18 credit hrs (if a concentration is selected, 12 hrs of electives will consist of concentration credit hrs); Practicum: 3 credit hrs; and either Master’s Project or Thesis: 3 credit hrs.

Core courses include: (18 Credit Hours)

  • HADM 7/8105 Health Policy and Organization of Health Services (3)  (Spring)
  • PUBH 7/8160 Social and Behavioral Sciences Principles (3)  (Spring)
  • PUBH 7/8120 Environmental Health I (3)  (Spring)
  • PUBH 7/8150 Biostatistical Methods I (3)  (Fall)
  • PUBH 7/8170 Epidemiology in Public Health (3)  (Fall)
  • PUBH 7/8180 Foundations of Public Health (3)  (Fall)

Concentration courses include: (12 Credit Hours / Concentration)
To select a concentration please complete the Concentration Selection Form and return it to Shirl Sharpe in 114 Robison Hall  or ssharpe@memphis.edu.
 
Click on the Concentration Titles for in-depth information.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Concentration:

  • PUBH 7/8014 Public Health Communication (3) or PUBH 7/8345 Health Literacy (3) (Fall)
  • PUBH 7/8132 Health Program Evaluation (3)  (Spring 2013; 2015) (Online each Spring)
  • PUBH 7/8130 Social Determinants of Health (3) (Spring 2014; 2016) (Both F2F and Online)
  • PUBH 7/8340 Behavioral Intervention Development (3) (Fall)

Health Systems Management Concentration:

  • PUBH 7/8710 Health Care Economics (3)  (Fall)
  • HADM 7/8115 Public Health Organization and Management (3) (Spring)
  • HADM 7/8204 Quality and Outcomes Management in Health Care (3) (Fall)
  • PADM 7/8602 Public Budgeting and Finance Administration (3)  (Spring)

Environmental Health Concentration:

  • PUBH 7/8124 Environmental Toxicology (3) (Fall)
  • PUBH 7/8126 Principles of Exposure and Risk Assessment (3) (Fall)
  • PUBH 7/8128 Environmental Policy and Decision-making (3) (Spring)
  • PUBH 7/8129 Environmental Sampling and Analysis (3) (Spring)

Epidemiology Concentration:

  • PUBH 7/8172 Epidemiology in Public Health II (3) (Spring)
  • PUBH 7/8152 Biostatistical Methods II (3) (Spring)
  • PUBH 7/8141 Epidemiologic Survey Method (3) (Spring 2014; Fall 2015; then each fall)
  • One of four: PUBH 7/8140 Epi of Chronic Disease (3) (Fall); PUBH 7442 Cancer Epi (3) (Spring); PUBH 7443 Infectious Disease Epi (3) (Spring); OR PUBH 7174 Epi in Public Health III (3) (Fall)

Biostatistics Concentration:

  • PUBH 7/8152 Biostatistical Methods II (3)  (Spring)
  • PUBH 7/8311 Applied Categorical Data Analysis (3) (Spring)
  • PUBH 7/8309 Applied Survival Analysis in Public Health (3) (Fall)
  • PUBH 7/8310 Mixed Model Regression Analysis (3) (Fall 2013; 2015)

Electives (18 hours total) for the general MPH degree (6 hours total for students taking a concentration) will be taken with the approval of the faculty advisor. Possible electives include courses within the concentration areas, as well as:

  • BINF 7701 - Intro Genomics/Bioinformatics (3)
  • BIOL 7/8080 Public Health Microbiology (3)
  • COMM 7/8012 Seminar in Health Communication (3)
  • ECON 7/8710 Health Care Economics (3)
  • ESCI 7/8613 GIS and Human Health (3)
  • HADM 7103 Health Planning (3)
  • HADM 7109 Health Administration Information Systems (3)
  • HADM 7110 Health Management Leadership (3)
  • HADM 7/8107 Health Care Ethics (3)
  • HPRO 7182  Health Promotion (3)
  • NURS 7811 Global Perspectives on Nursing and Health Policy (3)
  • NUTR 7/8602 Community Nutrition (3)
  • NUTR 7/8902 Study Tour in Foods and Nutrition (3)
  • NUTR 7/8204 Life Span Nutrition (3)
  • PUBH 7/8601  PH Preparedness & Response (3)
  • PUBH 7/8603  PH Leadership in Emergency Response (3)
  • PUBH 7/8337 Eating Behavior, Nutrition, and the Family (3)
  • PUBH 7341 Physical Activity and Public Health (3)
  • PUBH 7/8338 Critical Issues in Global Health (3)
  • PUBH 7/8450 Randomized Clinical Trials (3)
  • PUBH 7200 SPSS for Health Research (1) (Spring)
  • PUBH 7201 SAS for Health Research (1)  (Spring)
  • Other courses may serve as electives; students should check with their advisors

Satisfy completion of PUBH 7985 Practicum/Field Experience (3).

Satisfy completion of PUBH 7992 Master's Project Seminar (3) or PUBH 7996 Thesis (3) -
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Pass comprehensive examination. (Oral exam taken at Thesis or Master's Project defense)

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