All students will begin their studies in Public Health Foundations and Systems and Public Health Research Methods, two new multidisciplinary core courses which will be team-taught by faculty from each department. The courses are designed to run across the first two quarters and total 16 credits. This format ensures that course development is shaped by content/disciplinary experts and includes the breadth and depth of relevant skills that all MPH graduates will need regardless of their chosen discipline.
Sample Plan of Study
Students will take a minimum of five discipline-specific course in their major field of study over the five-quarter MPH program.
MPH Practical Experience
All MPH degree students must develop skills in basic public health concepts and demonstrate capacity to apply these concepts through a practical experience relevant to their area of specialization. “Practice” refers to implementing (doing) public health, rather than understanding (studying, researching) public health.
The practical experience is an applied, field-based requirement that gives students experience in the practice of public health (no credits) – requiring depth (120-240 hours in a field placement) and breadth (1 experience per month) – including participation in short-term volunteer opportunities and participation in on- or off-campus learning opportunities. The practical experience requirement can begin during the third quarter of year one and be completed during the summer or the second year of study.
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Integrative Learning Experience
The integrative learning experience (ILE) is the culminating requirement for MPH students. Each department/major has their own specific requirements for the ILE, which requires students to take 4-6 credits in the final 2 quarters of the program and to produce a high quality written product that demonstrates mastery of core public health and discipline-specific competencies. The integrative learning experience can be coordinated with the field-based practical experience requirement.