General Master of Public Health

General MPH Course Requirements*

The General Master of Public Health degree requires successful completion of 48 semester hours of coursework; 28 hours of required core courses, which includes a 4-hour internship ( Table A), and 20 hours of electives. The elective courses must be distributed throughout the categories of electives listed in Table B. Additionally, students who have met the criterion of at least one course from each category may customize their general study of public health by selecting from one of our Public Health Graduate Certificates. Students must consult with their adviser before registering to develop an educational plan and choose the appropriate elective hours.

Table A
MPH Required Program Core Courses
Course# Course Name Hrs.
MPH 503 Biostatistics for the Health Professional (must have undergraduate course in statistics) 4.0
MPH 506

Community Health Research

MPH 511

Foundations of Epidemiology

MPH 521

Environmental and Occupational Health

MPH 531

Public Health Policy and Administration

MPH 561

Community Health Education

MPH 581

Internship (NOTE: GPSIs may use PAD 561 for 1 credit hour of internship.


Approved Electives – Table B


TOTAL Credit Hours Required:


Closure Requirement: Comprehensive Exam ( 0 credit hours )

Table B – MPH List of Electives

Choose at least one course from each category

Emerging Issues

MPH 471 Emerging Diseases 4.0
MPH 478 Crisis in Environmental Health 4.0
MPH 526 Risk Management and Communication 4.0
MPH 535 Public Health in the Policy Arena 4.0
Advanced Epidemiology
MPH 512 Epidemiology of Chronic & Infections Diseases 4.0
MPH 514 Analytical Epidemiology 4.0

Analytical Tools

MPH 508 Program Evaluation for Health Managers 4.0
MPH 575 Economics for Policy Analysis 4.0
ENS 404 Fundamentals of GIS 4.0
Social Determinants
MPH 402 Food and Health 4.0
MPH 408 Addictions 4.0
MPH 441 Human Well Being 4.0
One additional elective may be selected from any UIS graduate program with the approval of the student’s academic advisor. Career path should be considered for the best selection of this elective. 4.0

Closure Requirement: Comprehensive Exam (0 credit Hours)

The closure experience is a comprehensive written examination based on an applied case study designed to test the student’s ability to integrate the knowledge gained from the five general core courses. Students are expected to take the comprehensive exam during their final semester of coursework. A student may repeat the exam twice, but must successfully complete the exam within one year after completing course work for the degree. Students who are not taking other courses in the degree program must enroll in MPH 583 (zero credit hours, one billable hour) until they pass the exam.

* Students who were admitted before fall 2014 should consult the catalog requirements in place at the time of admission. Students who wish to update to the 2014-2015 catalog requirements must consult with their academic advisor.

Updated 08 July 2013