MPH in Policy

The MPH in Policy is a 42 semester hour program of study. It offers coursework and applied learning experiences that prepare students for careers in health policy analysis, system and organizational planning, and program evaluation. Graduates will be employed by federal, state, or local governments, professional associations, local health agencies or private agencies. They may be responsible for assessing health problems, developing policy proposals, and assuring that policies are achieving their goals. They also may work as consultants to public and private agencies to assist them in assessment, policy development, and assurance. Students are recruited from a variety of academic backgrounds including business, liberal arts and health professions.

In addition to mastering the core competencies for the MPH, graduates of the MPH Program of Study in Policy will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze public health policies for specific health issues.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of public health policy formulation
  • Design effective implementation strategies for public health policies
  • Evaluate the impact of public health policies


An undergraduate degree is required. The cumulative grade point average should be a minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Although no specific major is required, prerequisite coursework includes one semester each of college algebra and biology.

MPH Core Courses (18 s.h.)

The following course work is required for all MPH students. Students are expected to earn ≥ B- (2.67) on each core course and must earn a ≥ B (3.0) cumulative grade point average on all core courses. When necessary, a student may repeat courses to achieve this standard.

Number Title Hours
CPH:5100 Intro to Public Health 3 s.h.
BIOS:4120 Intro to Biostatistics 3 s.h.
CBH:4105 Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3 s.h.
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles 3 s.h.
HMP:5005 Intro Health Care Organization and Policy 3 s.h.
OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health 3 s.h.

Required Courses (12 s.h.)

Number Title Hours
HMP:6610 Legal Aspects of Healthcare 3 s.h.
HMP:5610 Health Policy 3 s.h.
HMP:5650 Health Policy Analysis 3 s.h.
HMP:6750 Seminar in Health Policy 3 s.h.

Elective Courses (students select 12 s.h. in consultation with advisor) Suggested courses:

Number Title Hours
HMP:5750 Medicare and Medicaid Policy 3 s.h.
HMP:5310 Healthcare Quality Management 2 s.h.
HMP:5410 Health Economics I 3 s.h.
HMP:5450 Health Insurance and Managed Care 3 s.h.
HMP:6710 Federalism and Health Policy 3 s.h.
POLI:3100 American State Politics 3 s.h.
LAW:8562 Health Law 3 s.h.
URP:6337 Poverty, Planning , and Public Policy 3 s.h.


Applied Practice Experience (2 s.h.), Capstone Experience (1 s.h.), and Interprofessional Experience (0 s.h.)

Number Title Hours
CPH:7500 MPH Applied Practice Experience 2 s.h.
CPH:7200 MPH Capstone Experience 1 s.h.
CPH:5201 Interprof Educ & Pract MPH Students I 0 s.h.
CPH:5202 Interprof Educ & Pract MPH Students II 0 s.h.
CPH:5203 Interprof Educ & Pract MPH Students III 0 s.h.

Pre-Requisites to the Applied Practice Experience and the Capstone Experience

Students must complete all core courses prior to beginning the Applied Practice Experience, and they must take the Capstone Experience course in their final semester.

Summary of Requirements:

Area Hours
MPH Core 18 s.h.
Practice Experience 2 s.h.
Capstone Experience 1 s.h.
Interprof Experience 0 s.h.
Required courses 12 s.h.
Electives 12 s.h.
Total 45 s.h.


Questions or comments? Contact Lexie Just. This page was last reviewed on May 7, 2019.