MPH Curriculum

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For detailed information, please reference the Masters Handbook.

SPH Core Courses

Course(s) may be waived via passing a waiver exam. Please see Masters Handbook for more information.

  • Biostats 100A: Introduction to Biostatistics
  • Health Policy and Management (HPM) 100: Health Services Organization
  • Environmental Health Sciences (EHS)100: Introduction to Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology (Epi) 100: Principles of Epidemiology

CHS Department Core Courses

  • CHS 210: Community Health Sciences
  • CHS 211A: Program Planning, Research and Evaluation in Community Health Sciences
  • CHS 211B: Program Planning, Research and Evaluation in Community Health Sciences (continuation of 211A)
  • CHS 400: Field Studies in Public Health

Department Required Courses

One course from each curriculuar area- See course list

  • Public Health Practice
  • Populations
  • Individual and Structural Influences 
  • One 4-unit course in CHS

Electives and Additional Requirements

Additional elective courses must be taken to meet 60-unit minimum. A maximum of 12 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
Biostat 100A Epi 100 Dept. Required Course
HPM 100 Dept. Required Course  

Summer

400 hours of fieldwork

Year 2 Fall Year 2 Winter Year 2 Spring
CHS 400 (enrolled only) Dept. Required Course Optional Elective
EHS 100 Elective Optional Elective
Dept. Required Course Optional Elective Optional 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.