The MPH curriculum consists of:
- Courses (required and elective)
- MPH Seminar to be taken during your last semester prior to expected graduation
- Master’s Capstone Project and final presentation
- Optional internship or field work opportunity
*Note: A “Course” refers to one set of 15 week classes on a subject conducted over one semester. For example Biostatistics I is considered one course.
Curriculum for Working Professionals
The SLGSPH program has been designed to accommodate students who wish to maintain a full or part-time employment and/or professional activities while completing their curriculum requirements. These design features include, 1) scheduling the majority of classes on weekday evenings (from 6:00 pm) and on Saturday, and 2) offering an e-learning alternative for lecture-based courses that are scheduled during the day.
It is the responsibility of the student to gauge realistically whether enough time is available for successful completion of coursework described in more detail below. Since all courses do not have an e-learning alternative, the MPH program cannot be successfully completed without physical attendance during weekday evenings of select courses you wish to enroll in (see SCHEDULE OF CLASSES). The appropriate program duration should be selected after thorough consideration of a sensible scheme for achieving a work and study balance.
The MPH curriculum requires students to successfully complete 6 required courses covering the 5 core disciplines and a minimum of about 5 additional elective courses selected based on their areas interest. Each course comprises 135 minutes of class time per week for 15 weeks in addition to active participation in discussion, readings, and assignments, and depending on the course, there may be hands-on activities, group projects, and exams.
*The e-learning version (see E-LEARNING) of the courses open to students who are not able to attend class during the day (see SCHEDULE OF CLASSES), will require students to similarly complete readings, assignments, and exams in addition to viewing the recorded lectures.
A comprehensive education in public health includes offering a foundation in at least the five core disciplines represented by the following courses:
A generous number of elective courses in various sub-disciplines of public health are available to enhance the caliber and breadth of the educational program in this multi-disciplinary field. It is expected that students will complete a minimum of about 5 additional courses beyond the required courses from among the following:
- Epidemiology Practicum
- Chronic Disease Epidemiology
- Molecular Epidemiology
- Biostatistics I Practicum
- Biostatistics II
- Biostatistics II Practicum
- Health Informatics and Decision-making
- Health Economics
- Hospital Administration
- Pharmaco-epidemiology and Pharmaco-economics
- Medical Anthropology
- Medical Ethics
- Public Health Ethics
- Global Health
- Global Infectious Diseases
- Maternal and Child Health
- Immunology in Public Health
Professional Knowledge and Skills
As a professional degree, the curriculum integrates training in various real world applications of the academic topics that students will learn in the MPH program. With the Master’s Capstone Project, MPH Seminar, and optional internship experience, students will be able to acquire both the skills and knowledge needed to perform independently in their future careers as public health professionals. In addition, as one aspect of our program focuses on the clinical application of MPH skills, students without a clinical background will find introductory medical courses useful to their future professional endeavors in the hospital, clinic, or other healthcare settings.
Master’s Capstone Project
The objective is to encourage students to apply their knowledge towards a tangible culminating piece of work that demonstrates intellectual command and critical thinking within a specific public health topic. Students will submit a master’s capstone project as part of their graduation requirement. This project may take one of a number of forms including, and not limited to, 1) a systematic review and/or meta-analysis, 2) data analysis project, 3) a detailed final report based on an internship experience undertaken during the MPH program. The capstone project will be pursued with close guidance and supervision by the students’ assigned faculty advisor and is expected to be initiated during the Spring semester of their final year. Students are required to make a final presentation of their capstone project.
This seminar-style course is offered to students in their last semester prior to graduating. The purpose is to provide students of the graduating cohort with activities intended to solidify their understanding acquired during the program. Students will be required to present the ongoing progress of their capstone project to their peers and faculty for feedback.
Internship and Field Work Experience
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the approximately 3 month period between the first and second year (not applicable to the 1-year MPH) to gain practical experience through internship outside of the academic setting. Depending on the student, the experience and work completed during this period may be included as part of the Capstone Project. Internship opportunities are not pursued through a formalized institutional program, but can be arranged on an individual basis.