M.P.H. Program

The KU Master of Public Health degree program is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.  The M.P.H. degree is offered through the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Unviersity of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City and the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita in Wichita.  Select courses are also available in a Web-based format.  Concentrations are offered in epidemiology, social and behavioral health, environmental health sciences, and public health management.

The M.P.H. degree is a 42-credit-hour program that culminates with an internship experience and capstone project.  The M.P.H. student must complete 15 core course hours, a 3-credit -hour data management class, a 1-credit-hour epidemiology lab, as well as 12-credit hours of concentration specific courses.  Competencies in the five basic public health specialty areas will be provided by the core course work in epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, health services administration and environmental health sciences.

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

This is a 5-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 in Social and Behavioral Health 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 in addition to the Ph.D. requirements.

Public Health Graduate Admission

Admission to the M.P.H. program is competitive. Students may apply in either Kansas City or Wichita. Admission requires a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. An undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) is required for regular admission. One official copy of academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be submitted at the time of application.

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. 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. Completion of one semester of calculus is required to enter the epidemiology concentration.

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 background check is required during the admission process; it may affect the student's eligibility to enter the program.

Applicants who have not earned doctoral degrees in the United States must submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination 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. Applicants whose native language is not English also must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language that are not more than two years old. See KU Medical Center Graduate Studies and the KUMC Office of International Programs for more information.

All M.P.H. applications are submitted online and must be supported by three letters of recommendation from employers, instructors, or other persons who can assess the applicant’s academic and professional potential. All applicants indicate their preference of concentration and campus choice through the online application. The online application also requests a résumé or curriculum vitae, a personal written statement that describes the applicant's career goals and motivation for seeking post-graduate training in public health, and responses to three short-answer questions.

M.P.H. Degree Requirements

Students must complete at least 42 graduate credit hours and may choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Epidemiology
  • Social and behavioral health
  • Environmental health sciences, or
  • Public health management

The M.P.H. program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

M.P.H. students must complete 15 hours in specified core courses in epidemiology, environmental health, public health administration, biostatistics, and the social and behavioral sciences. Students must complete 12 credit hours in courses as prescribed by the student’s concentration area and five credit hours of elective course work. Students must complete three credit hours of internship in a public health agency or similar organizaton and three credit hours of capstone including preparation and defense of a written project report developed from the capstone experience.

Students may undertake Master of Public Health studies on a part-time or full-time basis. The Office of Graduate Studies allows up to seven years to complete the degree. Most full-time students complete the M.P.H. degree program in about two years. The program’s goal is to have part-time students complete the degree within five years.

M.P.H. Requirements: Concentration in Epidemiology

Concentration is available in Kansas City and Wichita.

Each candidate must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours toward the M.P.H. degree. Completion of one semester of calculus is required to enter the epidemiology concentration.

Core Courses (15)
PRVM 800Principles of Epidemiology3
BIOS 714Fundamentals of Biostatistics I3
PRVM 818Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health3
PRVM 827Public Health Administration3
PRVM 830Environmental Health3
Program Requirement (4)
PRVM 802Principles of Epidemiology Lab1
PRVM 875Management of Public Health Data3
or BIOS 715 Introduction to Data Management using RedCap and SAS
Concentration Courses (12)
(12 credit hours minimum) Students are required to take:
PRVM 841Advanced Epidemiology I: Methods in Cross-Sectional and Case-Control Studies3
PRVM 842Advanced Epidemiology II: Methods in Longitudinal Studies3
Students may choose 6 credit hours from:6
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology
Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology
Surveillance and Control of Infectious Disease
Epidemiology in Aging
Reproductive Epidemiology
Cancer Epidemiology
General Elective Courses (5)
(5 hours)5
Capstone Courses (6)
Practicum:
PRVM 891Public Health Internship3
PRVM 893Public Health Capstone3

M.P.H. Requirements: Concentration in Social and Behavioral Health

Concentration is available in Kansas City and Wichita.

Each candidate must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours toward the M.P.H. degree. One semester of college algebra or calculus is required to enter the social and behavioral health concentration.

Core Courses (15)
PRVM 800Principles of Epidemiology3
BIOS 704Principles of Statistics in Public Health3
or BIOS 714 Fundamentals of Biostatistics I
PRVM 818Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health3
PRVM 827Public Health Administration3
PRVM 830Environmental Health3
Program Requirement (4)
PRVM 802Principles of Epidemiology Lab1
PRVM 875Management of Public Health Data3
Concentration Courses (12)
Methodological and Cultural Competency Foundations:
PRVM 821Research Methods in Public Health3
or PRVM 835 Evaluation Methods in Public Health
PRVM 849Qualitative Methods in Public Health3
or PRVM 856 Community-Based Participatory Research
Select one of the following:3
Cultural Competency in Public Health
Health Care for Special Populations
Health Disparities in Public Health
Content Electives (3 credit hours minimum):3
Gender, Race, Class, and Health
Child and Family Health
Obesity and Public Health
Population and Community Mental Health
Seminar in Women's Health
Tobacco and Public Health
Health Communication
General Elective Courses (5)
(5 credit hours minimum)5
Capstone Courses (6)
Practicum:
PRVM 891Public Health Internship3
PRVM 893Public Health Capstone3

M.P.H. Requirements: Concentration in Environmental Health Sciences

Concentration is available in Kansas City and Wichita.

Each candidate must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours toward the M.P.H. degree. Completion of one semester of college algebra or calculus, one semester of undergraduate biology, and one semester of another physical science are required to enter the environmental health sciences concentration.

Core Courses (15)
PRVM 800Principles of Epidemiology3
BIOS 704Principles of Statistics in Public Health3
or BIOS 714 Fundamentals of Biostatistics I
PRVM 818Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health3
PRVM 827Public Health Administration3
PRVM 830Environmental Health3
Program Requirement (4)
PRVM 802Principles of Epidemiology Lab1
PRVM 875Management of Public Health Data3
Concentration Courses (12)
(12 credit hours minimum)
PRVM 832Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology3
PRVM 870Environmental Health Law and Policy3
PRVM 871Environmental Monitoring and Exposure Assessment3
PRVM 874Toxicology and Risk Assessment3
General Elective Courses (5)
(5 hours)5
Capstone Courses (6)
Practicum:
PRVM 891Public Health Internship3
PRVM 893Public Health Capstone3

M.P.H. Requirements: Concentration in Public Health Management

Concentration is available in Kansas City and Wichita.

Each candidate must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours toward the M.P.H. degree. Completion of one semester of college algebra or calculus is required to enter the public health management concentration.

Core Courses (15)
PRVM 800Principles of Epidemiology3
BIOS 704Principles of Statistics in Public Health3
or BIOS 714 Fundamentals of Biostatistics I
PRVM 818Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health3
PRVM 827Public Health Administration3
PRVM 830Environmental Health3
Program Requirement (4)
PRVM 802Principles of Epidemiology Lab1
PRVM 875Management of Public Health Data3
Concentration Courses (12)
(12 credit hours minimum)
PRVM 851Public Health Policy and Law3
PRVM 828Public Health Program Development and Management3
PRVM 879Financial and Human Resource Management3
PRVM 861 Leadership in Public Health3
General Elective Courses (5)
(5 hours)5
Capstone Courses (6)
Practicum:
PRVM 891Public Health Internship3
PRVM 893Public Health Capstone3