The purpose of the MSPH program is to train public health professionals interested in a career in public health research. This includes those who wish to have a more research-oriented training regimen or individuals who are interested in a research or teaching career or are seeking to continue their academic careers in a doctoral or other terminal degree programs. The degree requirements are similar to that of the MPH program; however, unlike the MPH degree, the MSPH degree requires a research-based master’s thesis or project.
The program has always offered a curriculum embracing the core areas of knowledge basic to public health both recognized from the community as well as our accrediting body the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Similar to the MPH, the MSPH degree requirements consist of the following:
With additional requirements for the research aspect of this degree, the program takes approximately two years of full-time study to complete the required minimum of 45 semester credit hours. Students who undertake their training on a part-time basis because of work or other commitments may require more time.
Switching from MPH to MSPH
Students currently in the MPH program who wish to switch to the MSPH program must request to switch to the MSPH degree (please see the public health policies and guidelines for more information).
Examples of theses and publishable papers done by former MSPH students include:
The MSPH program has been continuously accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 1978.