Master of Science in Public Health


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Course Overview

A Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) provides the skills required to collect and analyze health data gathered in a community to make effective high-level policy decisions in the best interest of the public. Students considering MSPH programs should have a solid understanding of mathematics and science prior to enrollment. Once accepted to these programs, students may be able to choose a specialization like health policy, epidemiology, biostatistics, health management or environmental health, among others. Some programs offer internship opportunities with research facilities for professional experience.
Although master’s degree programs in public health typically emphasize research and thesis courses, many curricula also highlight theory development. By doing so, students learn how problems arise in public and community health, and what the common barriers are to implementing new policies. Download Course Catalog.

Program Structure:

Course Code First Semester Courses Credit
MPH 501 Introduction to public health 5
MPH 502 Principles of Epidemiology 5
MPH 503 Bio Statistics and Experimental Design 5
MPH 504 Social and behavioral aspects of primary health care 5
MPH 505 Epidemiology & Management of Communicable Diseases and Non-Communicable Diseases programs 5
MPH 506 Population sciences 5
Course Code Second Semester Courses Credit
MPH 511 The tools of public health practice and decision making (Health systems and policies) 5
MPH 512 Information Technology Applications in Health Science 5
MPH 513 Maternal and Child Health/Gender Issues (Seminar) 5
MPH 514 Health Economics and Public Finance 5
MPH 515 Ethics in Health Clinical Science  (Seminar) 5
MPH 516 Environmental Health and Sustainable Dev.t 5
Course Code Third Semester Courses Credit
MPH 601 Public Health (Community) Nutrition 5
MPH 602 Health Communication and Behavior Change Communication (Seminar) 5
MPH 603 Quality in Health care 5
MPH 604 Seminar I & II on Global Health 5
MPH 605 Field Training (Public Health Practice) 5
MPH 606 Research Methodology 5
Course Code Fourth Semester Courses Credit
MPH 611 Health Management 4
MPH 612 Medical Anthropology 4
MPH 613 Occupational and Industrial Health 4
MPH 614 Managerial Accounting 4
MPH 615 Entrepreneurship 4
MPH 616 Master Thesis 10


Career Opportunities

Graduates from an MSPH degree program can find employment opportunities either in research or in the implementation of healthcare policies. They can work in government, private industry or academia. Some possible job titles include :

  • Healthcare program director
  • Community healthcare advocate
  • Research consultant
  • Government policy specialist


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