MPH Programs of Study

All MPH students must select a Program of Study.


MPH in Biostatistics
The Biostatistics Program of Study focuses on applying biostatistical methods to the design and analysis of research investigations in the health sciences. Students receive fundamental training in the public health sciences, core biostatistical theory, and core biostatistical methods.

MPH in Community and Behavioral Health
The Community and Behavioral Health Program of Study prepares students to design, implement, and evaluate interventions that are directed toward identified public health problems in communities.

MPH in Epidemiology
The Epidemiology Program of Study provides students with the methodological skills to determine the occurrence of disease in communities, assess risk factors for disease, and evaluate the effectiveness of prevention and treatment of disease.

MPH in Occupational and Environmental Health
The Occupational and Environmental Health Program of Study prepares students to assess risk factors in the physical environment and their relationship to disease, including the health problems of agricultural and industrial workers.

MPH in Policy
The Policy Program of Study is designed for those seeking to become directly involved in developing, implementing and analyzing American health policy. The program offers coursework and applied learning experiences that provide excellent preparation for students to pursue a variety of careers including health policy analysis, system and organizational planning, and program evaluation.

Combined Degrees

DVM-MPH Combined Degree
Veterinary students attending Iowa State University have the opportunity to work concurrently toward an MPH degree from the University of Iowa (UI). This program has been developed in response to the critical national need for more veterinary professionals with advanced training related to zoonotic diseases, food safety, emergency preparedness, and public health. It is one of the first programs in the US to enable students to obtain both degrees simultaneously.

JD-MPH Combined Degree
Upon graduation, students in this combined program, offered in collaboration with the UI College of Law, will be able to serve either as a public health professional having strong preparation and competency to deal with legal and policy issues or as a lawyer specializing in health care issues in a public health setting.

MD-MPH Combined Degree
Offered in conjunction with the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, this program provides graduates with expanded career opportunities and allows professionals to apply the principles of both medicine and public health in their practice.

PharmD-MPH Combined Degree
Offered in conjunction with the UI College of Pharmacy, this program will allow students in the UI College of Pharmacy to receive formal education and training in public health as it relates to pharmacotherapy and health promotion, disease prevention, policy, and medication safety.

Options for Professionals

General MPH Degree
Typically students who enroll in this option are physicians, nurses, veterinarians, pharmacists, and dentists.

MPH for Practicing Veterinarians
This is a primarily distance-based degree designed for working veterinarians.

Undergrad to Grad

Undergrad to Grad students must select a departmental Program of Study and be an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa, Coe College, Cornell College, Grinnell College, or Luther College. Learn more here.