MPH Curriculum

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For detailed information, please reference the Masters Handbook.

SPH Core Courses - 20 units

Please see Masters Handbook for more information.

  • Public Health 200A: Foundations in Public Health (Fall Quarter of first year)
  • Public Health 200B: Foundations in Public Health (Winter Quarter of first year)
  • Public Health 401: Public Health as a Profession (Fall Quarter of second year)

CHS Department Core Courses - 16 units

  • CHS 210: Community Health Sciences (Fall Quarter of first year)
  • CHS 211A: Program Planning, Research and Evaluation in Community Health Sciences (Winter Quarter of first year)
  • CHS 211B: Program Planning, Research and Evaluation in Community Health Sciences (Spring Quarter of first year)
  • CHS 400: Field Studies in Public Health (Taken anytime after completion of the 400 hour field studies requirment)

Department Required Courses - 16 units

Electives and Additional Requirements - 8 units

Additional elective courses must be taken to meet 60-unit minimum. A maximum of 8 elective units from outside the department may count towards the degree.

At least one course, either one of the Department Required Courses or an elective, must be a 400-level course in the department in addition to CHS 400: Field Studies

Field Studies

400 hours of field work at a public health agency, typically completed during the summer between a student's first and second year. Students receive a grade and unit credit by enrolling in CHS 400. More information can be found on our Field Studies website.

Department Comprehensive Exam

Taken during the Fall or Spring Quarter of a student's second year, students are allowed two attempts to pass the Masters Comprehensive Exam. The exam tests students' competence in the basic knowledge and skills provided in the degree curriculum, enabling students to demonstrate that they meet the department's competencies for the MPH Degree.

Sample Course Plan 

Year 1 Fall Year 1 Winter Year 1 Spring
CHS 210 CHS 211A CHS 211 B
PUB HLT 200A PUB HLT 200B Dept. Required Course
    Dept. Required Course


400 hours of fieldwork

Year 2 Fall Year 2 Winter Year 2 Spring
CHS 400 (enrolled only) Dept. Required Course Additional Elective
PUB HLT 401 Elective Additional Elective
Dept. Required Course Additional Elective Additional Elective
Elective   Comprehensive Examination


Current MD Students

Students who are currently in medical school may complete the degree requirements in one year and one quarter. These students are required to manage their own schedule. For more information, please visit the Accelerated MPH for Med Students page.