Public Health, M.P.H.

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Application Deadline

March 1

Applications received after March 1 will be considered on a space-available basis. Students are admitted to the Master of Public Health program in the fall semester.

Master of Public Health Degree Program

To ensure a qualified, well-trained public health workforce, the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program offers a planned program of study that provides prospective and current public-health workers with: a strong general background in areas of knowledge basic to public health, experience applying public health knowledge through independent research, a field-placement experience under qualified supervision, and specialized coursework in health promotion.

The Program's Health Promotion specialization focuses on developing the capacity to address community health needs. Graduates are able to perform community assessment; plan, administer and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs; advocate effectively for sound public health policies; and provide leadership and innovation in the field.

National Accreditation

The MPH program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The planned program consists of a minimum of 48 credits of study, including 27 credits of core coursework, six credits of culminating coursework (independent research), three credits of internship, and 12 credits of specialized study in health promotion.

Program Mission

The Mission of the Program is to promote its vision of "healthy people in healthy communities," a vision that implies social justice and health equity through:

Graduates of the MPH program will have the capacity to contribute effectively, ethically, and confidently to the essential services of public health. Graduates also will be prepared to use the scientific public health literature to assess health problems, formulate appropriate interventions, and ascertain best practices in the field; contribute to independent research; and perform health-related community service.

Core Course Competencies

The Association of Schools of Public Health has identified the core competencies for master-trained public health professionals. The design of Southern's M.P.H. program ensures that appropriate competencies are addressed in course work by the end of a student's program of study.  M.P.H. students will demonstrate the competencies identified by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) as fundamental to public health practice. The competencies are organized around core disciplinary and interdisciplinary, cross-cutting areas.

Discipline-specific Competencies:

Interdisciplinary/Cross-cutting Competencies:

Program Sequence - 48 Credits

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

Course Sequence

PCH 500 – Foundations of Public Health – 3 credits
PCH 504 – Health Promotion Practice – 3 credits
PCH 510 – Environmental Health – 3 credits
PCH 515 – Biostatistics – 3 credits
PCH 516 – Public Health Research – 3 credits
PCH 520 – Social and Behavioral Found on PH – 3 credits
PCH 548 – Public Health Administration – 3 credits
PCH 551 – Epidemiology – 3 credits
PCH 564 – Health Systems and Policy – 3 credits
PCH 577 – Program Planning and Evaluation – 3 credits
PCH 586 – Health Promotion Methods – 3 credits
PCH 595 – Public Health Internship – 3 credits


*Choose 6 credits to apply towards the elective requirement. These courses may be any graduate level course in any subject.

Select One of the Following:


PCH 590 – Thesis Seminar I – 3 credits
PCH 591 – Thesis Seminar II – 3 credits

Special Project

PCH 593 – Special Project – 3 credits
PCH 594 – Special Project – 3 credits

Academic Standards and Requirements

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Application for Admission to Graduate Study, transcripts, application fee and University immunization requirements, all applicants seeking admission to the M.P.H. program must submit the following documents directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

An admission packet is available online at: