The University of Kansas Master of Public Health program (KU-MPH) is a fully accredited, 42 credit hour graduate program with concentrations in Epidemiology, Social and Behavioral Health, Environmental Health Sciences and Public Health Management. The program has been accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 1998 and is offered through the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City and the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita in Wichita. KU-MPH is also the only fully accredited MPH program in the state to become member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).

Our program mission is to provide teaching, research and service activities that prepare public health practitioners, health care providers and researchers to develop and apply population-based and individual approaches to maintaining and improving the public's health in the Heartland and the nation.

KU-MPH graduates serve in a wide variety of public health fields, including clinical medicine, research, health education.

The application process is an online process. Detailed instructions on how to apply and the application deadlines are posted on the Master of Public Health website. Admission to the M.P.H. program is competitive. Students may apply in either Kansas City or Wichita and indicate their preference of campus choice as well as their choice for concentration on the application itself.

Admission requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution documented by submission of official transcript indicating the degree has been conferred before entering the program. Official transcripts from institutions attended post-baccalaureate are also required.

Students with degrees from outside the U.S. may be subject to transcript evaluation indicating the degree is equivalent to a U.S. degree and meets the minimum cumulative GPA requirements.

  • A cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the bachelor’s degree.
  • Applicants who are not native speakers of English, whether domestic or international, must demonstrate they meet the Minimum English Proficiency Requirement.
  • A background check is required during the admission process; it may affect the student's eligibility to enter the program.
  • Submission of official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or other professional test scores (such as the Graduate Management Admission Test, Medical College Admission Test, Law School Aptitude Test) that are not more than five years old.  Official copy of scores should be sent from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the University of Kansas Medical Center - ETS institutional code 6895.   Applicants who have earned a doctoral degree in the United States are exempt from this requirement.
  • Three letters of recommendation from employers, instructors, or other persons who can assess the applicant’s academic and professional potential.  Letters are submitted per instructions provided for the online application process.
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae.  Demonstration of one or more years of responsible work experience in the health field or a degree in a recognized health profession or other evidence of training or experience that indicates adequate preparation for the M.P.H. curriculum is preferred.
  • A personal written statement that describes the applicant's career goals and motivation for seeking post-graduate training in public health.
  • Responses to three short-answer questions that are part of the online application itself.
  • One semester of college algebra or calculus is required to enter the social and behavioral health concentration, the public health management concentration, or the environmental health sciences concentration.
  • Completion of one semester of calculus is required to enter the epidemiology concentration.
  • Applicants to the environmental health concentration must also have completed at least one semester of undergraduate biology and one additional semester of biology or another physical science course.

After an applicant has been admitted, the program may defer an applicant's admission for one year after which time the applicant must submit a new application.

Admission requirements are subject to change. In most cases, use the catalog of the year student entered the program. Other years’ catalogs».

The Master of Public Health program consists of at least 42 credit hours. Students complete credit hours in specified core courses in epidemiology, environmental health, public health administration, biostatistics, and the social and behavioral sciences along with an elective course. The specific degree requirements vary by the choice of concentration. The four concentrations are epidemiology, social and behavioral health, environmental health sciences, or public health management.  All students complete a public health internship and capstone project as described below.

Degree Requirements:

  • Degree requirements are normally completed within 2 years of admission to the program although a maximum of 7 years is allowed.  Part-time students normally complete requirements within 4 years of admission to the program.

  • Cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 for all KU graduate coursework.

  • Enrollment in a minimum of one (1) credit hour the semester the student will graduate.

  • Completion of a minimum of 42 hours.

  • Successful completion of the following core courses (21 credit hours) regardless of concentration:

    PRVM 800Principles of Epidemiology3
    PRVM 809Introduction to Public Health3
    PRVM 818Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health3
    PRVM 827Public Health Administration3
    PRVM 830Environmental Health3
    BIOS 704Principles of Statistics in Public Health3
    or BIOS 714 Fundamentals of Biostatistics I
    PRVM 875Management of Public Health Data3
    or BIOS 715 Introduction to Data Management using RedCap and SAS
    Total Hours21
  • Successful completion of a minimum of three (3) credit hours of elective coursework.  Specific courses determined in consultation with the student's advisor.
  • Successful completion of three (3) credit hours of internship in a public health agency or similar organization.
    PRVM 891Public Health Internship3
  • Successful completion of three (3) credit hours of capstone including preparation and defense of a written project report developed from the capstone experience.
    PRVM 893Public Health Capstone3
  • Successful completion of a concentration (minimum 12 credit hours.)  Choose from Epidemiology, Social and Behavioral Health, Environmental Health Sciences or Public Health concentrations.
    • Epidemiology concentration - complete the following courses:
      PRVM 813Chronic Disease Epidemiology3
      PRVM 815Infectious Disease Epidemiology3
      PRVM 841Advanced Epidemiology I: Methods in Cross-Sectional and Case-Control Studies3
      PRVM 842Advanced Epidemiology II: Methods in Longitudinal Studies3
      Total Hours12
    • Social and Behavioral Health concentration - complete the following courses:
      PRVM 835Evaluation Methods in Public Health3
      PRVM 845Cultural Competency in Public Health3
      PRVM 849Qualitative Methods in Public Health3
      PRVM 877Health Communication3
      Total Hours12
  • Environmental Health Sciences concentration - complete the following courses:
    PRVM 832Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology3
    PRVM 870Environmental Health Law and Policy3
    PRVM 871Environmental Monitoring and Exposure Assessment3
    PRVM 874Toxicology and Risk Assessment3
    Total Hours12
  • Public Health Management concentration - complete the following courses:     
    PRVM 828Public Health Program Development and Management3
    PRVM 851Public Health Policy and Law3
    PRVM 861Leadership in Public Health3
    PRVM 879Financial and Human Resource Management3
    Total Hours12

Degree requirements and course descriptions are subject to change. Any courses taken as an equivalent must be approved by the Graduate Director and the Office of Graduate Studies. In most cases, use the catalog of the year student entered the program.

Typical Plan of Study (Kansas City campus)

Full-Time MPH in Epidemiology (Kansas City)
Part-Time MPH in Epidemiology (Kansas City)
Full-Time MPH in Social and Behavioral Health (Kansas City)
Part-Time MPH in Social and Behavioral Health (Kansas City)
Full-Time MPH in Environmental Health Sciences (Kansas City)
Part-Time MPH in Environmental Health Sciences (Kansas City)
Full-Time MPH in Public Health in Public Health Management (Kansas City)
Part-Time MPH in Public Health in Public Health Management (Kansas City)

Typical Plan of Study (Wichita campus)

Full-Time MPH in Epidemiology (Wichita)
Part-Time MPH in Epidemiology (Wichita)
Full-Time MPH in Social and Behavioral Health (Wichita)
Part-Time MPH in Social and Behavioral Health (Wichita)
Full-Time MPH n Environmental Health Sciences (Wichita)
Part-Time MPH in Environmental Health Sciences (Wichita)
Full-Time in Public Health Management (Wichita)
Part-Time in Public Health Management (Wichita)

Typical Full-Time Plan of Study: MPH in Epidemiology (Kansas City)

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHours
PRVM 8003PRVM 8183
PRVM 8093PRVM 8303
BIOS 7143PRVM 815 (concentration)3
BIOS 7153PRVM 841 (concentration)3
 12 12
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours
PRVM 8273PRVM 8933
PRVM 813 (concentration)3PRVM Elective3
PRVM 842 (concentration)3 
PRVM 8913 
 12 6
Total Hours: 42
 

Typical Part-Time Plan of Study: MPH in Epidemiology (Kansas City)

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHours
PRVM 8003PRVM 8183
PRVM 8093PRVM 815 (concentration)3
 6 6
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours
BIOS 7143PRVM 8303
BIOS 7153PRVM Elective3
 6 6
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHours
PRVM 8273PRVM 841 (concentration)3
PRVM 813 (concentration)3 
 6 3
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours
PRVM 842 (concentration)3PRVM 8933
PRVM 8913 
 6 3
Total Hours: 42

Typical Full-Time Plan of Study: MPH in Social and Behavioral Health (Kansas City)

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHours
PRVM 8003PRVM 8183
PRVM 8093PRVM 8303
PRVM 8273BIOS 7043
 PRVM 845 (concentration)3
 9 12
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours
PRVM 8753PRVM 835 (concentration)3
PRVM 849 (concentration)3PRVM 877 (concentration)3
PRVM Elective3PRVM 8933
PRVM 8913 
 12 9
Total Hours: 42

Typical Part-Time Plan of Study: MPH in Social and Behavioral Health (Kansas City)

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHours
PRVM 8003PRVM 8183
PRVM 8093BIOS 7043
 6 6
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours
PRVM 849 (concentration)3PRVM 8303
PRVM 8753PRVM 845 (concentration)3
 6 6
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHours
PRVM 8273PRVM 835 (concentration)3
PRVM Elective3PRVM 877 (concentration)3
 6 6
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours
PRVM 8913PRVM 8933
 3 3
Total Hours: 42

Typical Full-Time of Study: MPH in Environmental Health Sciences (Kansas City)

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
PRVM 8003PRVM 8183PRVM 871 (concentration)3
PRVM 8093PRVM 8303 
PRVM 8273BIOS 7043 
 9 9 3
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM 832 (concentration)3PRVM 870 (concentration)3 
PRVM 874 (concentration)3PRVM Elective3 
PRVM 8753PRVM 8933 
PRVM 8913  
 12 9 
Total Hours: 42

Typical Part-Time Plan of Study: MPH in Environmental Health Sciences (Kansas City)

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
PRVM 8003PRVM 8303PRVM 871 (concentration)3
PRVM 8093BIOS 7043 
 6 6 3
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM 8273PRVM 8183 
PRVM 8753PRVM 870 (concentration)3 
 6 6 
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM 832 (concentration)3PRVM Elective3 
PRVM 874 (concentration)3  
 6 3 
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM 8913PRVM 8933 
 3 3 
Total Hours: 42

Typical Full-Time Plan of Study: MPH in Public Health Management (Kansas City)

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
PRVM 8003PRVM 8183PRVM 861 (concentration)3
PRVM 8093PRVM 8303 
PRVM 8273PRVM 851 (concentration)3 
 BIOS 7043 
 9 12 3
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM 828 (concentration)3PRVM Elective3 
PRVM 8753PRVM 8933 
PRVM 879 (concentration)3  
PRVM 8913  
 12 6 
Total Hours: 42

Typical Part-Time Plan of Study: MPH in Public Health Management (Kansas City)

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
PRVM 8273PRVM 8303PRVM 861 (concentration)3
PRVM 8093BIOS 7043 
 6 6 3
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM 8003PRVM 8183 
PRVM 8753PRVM Elective3 
 6 6 
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM 828 (concentration)3PRVM 851 (concentration)3 
PRVM 879 (concentration)3  
 6 3 
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM 8913PRVM 8933 
 3 3 
Total Hours: 42

Degree Plan - Wichita

Typical Full-Time Plan of Study: MPH in Epidemiology (Wichita)

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
BIOS 7143PRVM 8003PRVM Elective3
PRVM 8093PRVM 8273 
PRVM 8183PRVM 8753 
PRVM 8303  
 12 9 3
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM 813 (concentration)3PRVM 815 (concentration)3 
PRVM 841 (concentration)3PRVM 842 (concentration)3 
PRVM 8913PRVM 8933 
 9 9 
Total Hours: 42

Typical Part-Time Plan of Study: MPH in Epidemiology (Wichita)

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHours
BIOS 7143PRVM 8003
PRVM 8093PRVM 8753
 6 6
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours
PRVM 8183PRVM 815 (concentration)3
PRVM 8303PRVM 8273
 6 6
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHours
PRVM 813 (concentration)3PRVM 842 (concentration)3
PRVM 841 (concentration)3PRVM Elective3
 6 6
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours
PRVM 8913PRVM 8933
 3 3
Total Hours: 42

Typical Full-Time Plan of Study: MPH in Social and Behavioral Health (Wichita)

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
BIOS 7043PRVM 8003PRVM 845 (concentration)3
PRVM 8093PRVM 8273 
PRVM 8183PRVM 8753 
PRVM 8303  
 12 9 3
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM 835 (concentration)3PRVM 849 (concentration)3 
PRVM Elective3PRVM 877 (concentration)3 
PRVM 8913PRVM 8933 
 9 9 
Total Hours: 42

Typical Part-Time Plan of Study: MPH in Social and Behavioral Health (Wichita)

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
PRVM 8183BIOS 7043PRVM 845 (concentration)3
PRVM 8093PRVM 8003 
 6 6 3
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM 8303PRVM 849 (concentration)3 
PRVM 835 (concentration)3PRVM 8753 
 6 6 
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM Elective3PRVM 8273 
 PRVM 877 (concentration)3 
 3 6 
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM 8913PRVM 8933 
 3 3 
Total Hours: 42

Typical Full-Time Plan of Study: MPH in Environmental Health Sciences (Wichita)

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
BIOS 7043PRVM 8003PRVM 871 (concentration)3
PRVM 8093PRVM 8273 
PRVM 8183PRVM 8753 
PRVM 8303  
 12 9 3
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM 832 (concentration)3PRVM 870 (concentration)3 
PRVM 874 (concentration)3PRVM Elective3 
PRVM 8913PRVM 8933 
 9 9 
Total Hours: 42

Typical Part-Time Plan of Study: MPH in Environmental Health Sciences (Wichita)

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
PRVM 8093BIOS 7043PRVM 871 (concentration)3
PRVM 8303PRVM 8273 
 6 6 3
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM 8183PRVM 8003 
PRVM Elective3PRVM 8753 
 6 6 
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM 832 (concentration)3PRVM 870 (concentration)3 
PRVM 874 (concentration)3  
 6 3 
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM 8913PRVM 8933 
 3 3 
Total Hours: 42

Typical Full-Time Plan of Study: MPH in Public Health Management (Wichita)

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
BIOS 7043PRVM 8003PRVM 861 (concentration)3
PRVM 8093PRVM 8273 
PRVM 8183PRVM 8753 
PRVM 8303  
 12 9 3
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM 828 (concentration)3PRVM 851 (concentration)3 
PRVM 879 (concentration)3PRVM Elective3 
PRVM 8913PRVM 8933 
 9 9 
Total Hours: 42

Typical Part-Time Plan of Study: MPH in Public Health Management (Wichita)

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
PRVM 8093BIOS 7043PRVM 861 (concentration)3
PRVM 8183PRVM 8273 
 6 6 3
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM 828 (concentration)3PRVM 8003 
PRVM 8303PRVM 8753 
 6 6 
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM 879 (concentration)3PRVM 851 (concentration)3 
PRVM Elective3  
 6 3 
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours 
PRVM 8913PRVM 8933 
 3 3 
Total Hours: 42
 

Dual M.D.-M.P.H. Program

This is a five year program in which the medical student completes the requirements for the M.P.H. degree in one year. This can be accomplished either between the second and third, or between the third and fourth years of medical school. Students must complete all degree requirements for both the M.D. and the M.P.H. programs. They complete the M.P.H. concentration (either in Social and Behavioral Health or Public Health Management), in three semesters, beginning in the summer (June), and proceeding through fall (August) and spring (January), and finishing by the end of May. Please contact the respective academic units offering the degree for more information. The M.D. degree is offered by the School of Medicine.

Joint Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology-M.P.H. Program

The Department of Applied Behavioral Science on the Lawrence campus offers a 72-credit-hour doctoral program in behavioral psychology. Students learn about an array of content areas and theoretical perspectives and achieve proficiency in behavioral analysis, developmental studies, or behavioral intervention. Both the departments of Applied Behavioral Science and of Preventive Medicine and Public Health promote community/public health and development through collaborative research, teaching, and service.

The joint Ph.D./M.P.H. is ideal for students interested in prevention through community and public health. Students must apply for admission to the M.P.H. and Ph.D. programs separately. Applications are reviewed by the admissions committees of both programs. Students admitted to the joint program complete the 42-hour M.P.H. requirements as listed in the chart below in addition to the Ph.D. requirements.  See the Doctor of Philosophy in Behavioral Psychology section of this catalog for the Ph.D. degree requirements.  Completion of ABSC 710, ABSC 875, and ABSC 876 also qualifies a student for a Graduate Certificate in Community Health and Development offered by the Department of Applied Behavioral Science.  Additional details about the certificate program may be found on their website.

M.P.H. Course Requirements for the Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology-M.P.H. Program
Required Core Courses (21)
PRVM 800Principles of Epidemiology3
PRVM 809Introduction to Public Health3
PRVM 818Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health3
PRVM 827Public Health Administration3
PRVM 830Environmental Health3
PRVM 875Management of Public Health Data3
BIOS 704Principles of Statistics in Public Health3
or BIOS 714 Fundamentals of Biostatistics I
Shared Ph.D. Courses satisfies requirements for the MPH Concentration in Social and Behavioral Health (12)
ABSC 710Community Health and Development3
ABSC 735Within Subjects Research Methodology and Direct Observation3
ABSC 796Laboratory in Behavioral Development and Modification: The Analysis of Behavior I3
ABSC 861Applied Behavior Analysis3
MPH Elective (3)
PRVM 8xx3
Public Health Internship and Capstone (6)
PRVM 891Public Health Internship3
PRVM 893Public Health Capstone3
Total Hours42