School of Public Health Programs
The School of Public Health offers two master's degree programs – the Master of Public Health (MPH), and the Master of Health Administration (MHA), and three doctoral programs – in Epidemiology, Health Systems and Policy, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. SPH also offers a new graduate certificate in Population Health and an accredited Health Care Interpreter Course, a specialized educational program for individuals who are proficient in two or more languages.
The Master of Public Health program is for anyone with a passion for improving health on a large scale. The MPH program integrates academic rigor with real-world solutions to promote healthy communities, and offers concentrations in Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Health Systems and Policy, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Our program attracts mid-career professionals who want to engage in preventive health, but is also suited for graduates of various disciplines, such as anthropology, business, dietetics, medicine, law, nursing, psychology, and social work, among others. With evening courses on campus and online, it is a program designed to fit busy lifestyles. More than 30 practicum placement locations are available, including the Shelby County Health Department. In summer 2015, five MPH students went to Haiti for their practicum assignments. Graduates with an MPH are in high demand; by 2020, over 250,000 more public health professionals will be needed to fill critical leadership positions in private, non-profit, government, and international organizations.
A JD/MPH dual degree program is now being offered, and applications are currently being accepted; click here for details.
The MPH may also be taken as part of a dual degree with another master's program. In these cases, the MPH may be earned in one year (three semesters).
The Master of Health Administration program is one of 84 programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), and the only one accredited in Tennessee. The MHA program was ranked in the Top 20 by Modern Healthcare in 2014, and US News & World Report listed it among the best in the nation in 2015 for Healthcare Management. The 53 credit hour program offers both full and part-time options in it's on campus track, as well as an executive track, to fit your career and life. The MHA program ensures that students have the necessary competencies— knowledge, skills, and abilities—to achieve success. The program is tailored to our students, whether starting a career right out of college or returning to graduate school in order to better prepare for promotion or career transition.
The goal of the MS in Biostatistics program is two-fold: 1) train students for positions in government and private health agencies, industry, and research institutes, and 2) prepare students who plan to enter a doctoral program in biostatistics or bioinformatics. The nature of the program includes core courses in theoretical framework of biostatistical methods, core courses in applied biostatistics, core courses in epidemiology and public health, and elective courses aligned with students' interest. Graduates of the MS Biostatistics program will be prepared to apply up-to-date biostatistical methods to analyze public health data and interpret the findings for individuals, communities, or health care institutions (e.g., hospitals) using statistical computing packages such as SAS, SPSS, and R.
The Epidemiology Doctoral Program is designed for students who want to conduct original research in epidemiology and become productive, independent investigators. Graduates will be well-prepared for careers in academia and translational research, with extensive knowledge of sophisticated scientific theories and rigorous epidemiologic research methods.The Epi Doctoral Program focuses on urban health, health disparities and community involvement in health promotion, and offers concentrations in epidemiology, environmental health, and biostatistics. Students work closely with faculty mentors in such research areas as aging, cardiovascular disease, Sickle Cell disease, epigenetics, pediatric obesity, cancer survivorship, and global health, to identify major public health problems and promote evidence-based public health interventions and policies to prevent disease and improve quality of life.
The Health Systems and Policy doctoral program is designed for those who want to teach and conduct research utilizing evidence-based best practices and rigorous scientific theories and methods to understand and improve the structure, process, and outcomes of health systems. The program emphasizes attention to policy-related opportunities within urban health systems, as well as the transformative nature of healthcare data and evidence; and the need to address health systems issues within the context of improving population health. Graduates of the program will be prepared to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary and translational research in a variety of academic, government, non-profit, and health systems settings.
The Social and Behavioral Sciences doctoral program is based on the principle that health and health behavior are influenced by multiple psychological, behavioral, social, and cultural factors. It is targeted for master's prepared students who desire advanced training in the social and behavioral theories and methods used in public health. As a metropolitan research university, we are especially committed to health equity and social justice among urban populations. This program is designed for those who intend to teach and conduct original research utilizing rigorous scientific theories and methods to understand and influence the social and behavioral determinants of population health risk factors and outcomes. Graduates of the program are prepared to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, and translational research in community settings with an emphasis on vulnerable populations, and to design, implement, administer, and evaluate public health interventions and policies. The program emphasizes urban health and health disparity issues in Tennessee and the Mid-South region.
The Health Systems Leadership graduate certificate provides students with training in areas critical to public health, healthcare, and community health leadership in the 21st century. The curriculum addresses topics such as population health, health policy, health services and systems organization, leadership, and change management. Students can complete the certificate part-time and online over the course of one calendar year.
SPH offers a graduate certificate in population health, which can be earned in two semesters. Course credit may be applied to the MPH degree.
Health Analytics Certificate
SPH now offers a graduate certificate in health analytics. This certificate is open to public health, medical, and allied health professionals, and students with an interest in health analytics, to provide the formal training and skills wanted in the community and by health care institutions.
The Health Care Interpreter Course, accredited by the International Medical Interpreter Association, is a specialized educational program offered several times during the year with course curriculum and materials developed by Kaiser Permanente in partnership with Hablamos Juntos.