The University of Kansas Master of Public Health program (KU-MPH) is a fully accredited, 42 credit hour graduate program with concentrations in Epidemiology and Public Health Practice. 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 vision is: Healthy Communities

Our program mission is: To improve public health in Kansas, the Heartland, and the nation through excellence in education, discovery, and community engagement.

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.  GRE or other test scores can be waived for U.S. citizens with doctoral degrees, applicants who have completed another master's degree or for applicants with extensive public health experience.  
  • 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 Public Health Practice concentration.
  • Completion of one semester of calculus is required to enter the Epidemiology concentration.

After an applicant has been admitted, the program may defer an applicant's admission for one semester 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, community health assessment and advocacy, environmental health, public health administration, leadership, management of public health data, and health communication. Additional degree requirements vary by the choice of concentration. The two concentrations are epidemiology or public health practice.  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 804Community Health Assessment and Advocacy3
    PRVM 827Public Health Administration3
    PRVM 830Environmental Health3
    PRVM 861Leadership in Public Health3
    PRVM 875Management of Public Health Data3
    PRVM 877Health Communication3
    Total Hours21
  • Successful completion of a minimum of fifteen (15) credits of concentration courses.
  • 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 15 credit hours).  Choose from epidemiology or public health practice.
    • Epidemiology concentration - complete the following courses:
      BIOS 714Fundamentals of Biostatistics I3
      BIOS 715Introduction to Data Management using RedCap and SAS3
      PRVM 841Advanced Epidemiology I: Methods in Cross-Sectional and Case-Control Studies3
      PRVM 842Advanced Epidemiology II: Methods in Longitudinal Studies3
      PRVM 813Chronic Disease Epidemiology3
      or PRVM 815 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
      Total Hours15
    • Public Health Practice concentration - choose 5 of the following courses:
      PRVM 828Designing Public Health Interventions3
      PRVM 835Evaluation Methods in Public Health3
      PRVM 845Health, Society, and Culture3
      PRVM 849Qualitative Methods in Public Health3
      PRVM 851Public Health Policy and Law3
      PRVM 879Budgeting and Human Resource Management3

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.  Other years’ catalogs».

Typical Plans of Study

These are examples of plans of study for the Kansas City and Wichita campuses.  They are subject to change.  The degree program may also be taken on a part-time basis.  Check with the campus program director for more information.

Typical Plan of Study (Kansas City campus)

MPH in Epidemiology

Year 1
 FallHoursSpringHours
 PRVM 8003PRVM 8043
 BIOS 7143PRVM 8413
 BIOS 7153PRVM 8753
 PRVM 8273PRVM 8773
  PRVM 815 (Or PRVM 813 in Fall of Year 2)3
  12 15
Year 2
SummerHoursFallHours 
PRVM 8613PRVM 813 (Or PRVM 815 in Spring of Year 1)3 
PRVM 8911-3PRVM 8303 
 PRVM 8423 
 PRVM 8931-3 
 4-6 10-12 
Total Hours 41-45
 

MPH in Public Health Practice

Year 1
 FallHoursSpringHours
 PRVM 8003PRVM 8043
 PRVM 8273PRVM 835 (or PRVM 845 or PRVM 851)3
 PRVM 828 (or PRVM 849 or PRVM 879)3PRVM 845 (or PRVM 835 or PRVM 851)3
 PRVM 849 (or PRVM 828 or PRVM 879)3PRVM 851 (or PRVM 835 or PRVM 845)3
 PRVM 879 (or PRVM 828 or PRVM 849)3PRVM 8753
  PRVM 8773
  15 18
Year 2
SummerHoursFallHoursSpringHours
PRVM 8613PRVM 8303PRVM 8931-3
 PRVM 8911-3 
 3 4-6 1-3
Total Hours 41-45

MD/MPH

Year 1
SummerHoursFallHoursSpringHours
PRVM 8003PRVM 8043PRVM 835 (or PRVM 851)3
PRVM 845 (or PRVM 849 or PRVM 828 or PRVM 879 in Fall)3PRVM 8273PRVM 851 (or PRVM 835)3
PRVM 8613PRVM 8303PRVM 8753
 PRVM 849 (or PRVM 845 in Summer, or PRVM 828 or PRVM 879)3PRVM 8773
 PRVM 828 (or PRVM 845 in Summer, or PRVM 849 or PRVM 879)3PRVM 8911-3
 PRVM 879 (or PRVM 845 in Summer, or PRVM 849 or PRVM 828)3PRVM 8931-3
 9 18 14-18
Total Hours 41-45

Typical Plan of Study (Wichita campus)

MPH in Epidemiology

Year 1
 FallHoursSpringHours
 PRVM 8003PRVM 8153
 PRVM 8303PRVM 8273
 BIOS 7143PRVM 8753
 BIOS 7153 
  12 9
Year 2
SummerHoursFallHoursSpringHours
PRVM 8613PRVM 8043PRVM 8423
 PRVM 8413PRVM 8773
 PRVM 8911-3PRVM 8931-3
 3 7-9 7-9
Total Hours 38-42

MPH in Public Health Practice

Year 1
 FallHoursSpringHours
 PRVM 8003PRVM 8273
 PRVM 8043PRVM 8753
 PRVM 8303PRVM 8773
  9 9
Year 2
SummerHoursFallHoursSpringHours
PRVM 8453PRVM 8283PRVM 8353
PRVM 8613PRVM 8793PRVM 8513
 PRVM 8911-3PRVM 8931-3
 6 7-9 7-9
Total Hours 38-42

MD/MPH

Year 1
SummerHoursFallHoursSpringHours
PRVM 8453PRVM 8003PRVM 8273
PRVM 8613PRVM 8043PRVM 8353
 PRVM 8283PRVM 8513
 PRVM 8303PRVM 8753
 PRVM 8793PRVM 8773
 PRVM 8911-3PRVM 8931-3
 6 16-18 16-18
Total Hours 38-42

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 in Public Health Practice 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
PRVM 800Principles of Epidemiology3
PRVM 804Community Health Assessment and Advocacy3
PRVM 827Public Health Administration3
PRVM 830Environmental Health3
PRVM 861Leadership in Public Health3
PRVM 875Management of Public Health Data3
PRVM 877Health Communication3
Shared Ph.D. Courses satisfies requirements for the MPH Concentration in Social and Behavioral Health
ABSC 710Community Health and Development3
ABSC 735Within Subjects Research Methodology and Direct Observation3
ABSC 746Introduction to Behavioral Science3
ABSC 861Principles of Behavior Analysis3
MPH Elective
PRVM 8xx3
Public Health Internship and Capstone
PRVM 891Public Health Internship3
PRVM 893Public Health Capstone3
Total Hours42

The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the Master of Public Health program:

OBSERVATION:

A student must be able to observe and analyze class demonstrations and field experiences relevant to the disciplines of public health.These disciplines include but are not limited to epidemiology, biometry, environmental health, health program management, and behavior science.Observation necessitates the functional use of the senses of vision and hearing.

COMMUNICATION:

A student must be able to communicate effectively in oral and written forms with other students, faculty, and preceptors.Use of computers and other technology is imperative to this communication.Effective communication includes the ability to understand assigned readings and lectures, the ability to analyze information, and the ability to present results of such analyses verbally and in writing.

MOTOR:

A student must have sufficient motor function to attend classes, prepare assignments, give public presentations, and participate in field experiences.Some field experiences in environmental health, for example, include activities at sites (e.g. waste treatment plants, water treatment facilities).

INTELLECTUAL-CONCEPTUAL, INTEGRATIVE, AND ANALYTIC ABILITIES:

Applicants must be able to read and understand documents written in English.A student must possess the ability to understand and work with measurements, carry out calculations, and engage in reasoning, analysis, and synthesis.Problem solving, the critical skill of public health, demands all of these intellectual abilities.In addition, a student should be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand spatial relationships of structures.

BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL ATTRIBUTES:

A student must possess the emotional maturity and stability required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of sound judgment, and the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant upon responsible activity in the broad field of public health.Integrity, motivation, reliability, self-direction, and the ability to work in diverse groups are personal qualities, which are required for effective practice in the field.As a component of public health education, a student must demonstrate ethical behavior.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply to the program.  Candidates who indicate that they cannot meet one or more of the expectations will be reviewed further with applicant and faculty input to determine what reasonable accommodations might be possible to facilitate successful completion of the MPH curriculum.