Curriculum

The curriculum is a combination of online and on-campus courses, encompassing public health foundation courses, electives courses of your choice, and a customized field experience and a MPH culminating experience.

Core curriculum (14.5 credits)

The basic curriculum courses are offered online and on-campus:

  • PubH 6299 Public Health as a Team Sport: the Power of Collaboration (0.5cr)*
  • PubH 6020 Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Science (3cr)
  • PubH 6102 Issues in Environmental and Occupational Health (2cr)
  • PubH 6320 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3cr)
  • PubH 6414 Biostatistical Literacy (3cr)
  • PubH 6741 Ethics in Public Health: Professional Practice and Policy (1cr)
  • PubH 6751 Principles of Management in Health Services Org (2cr)

*This course is offered on a Saturday during the Public Health Institute.

Elective courses (19.5 – 24.5 credit minimum)

EPPHP students have the opportunity to choose their own elective courses based on their career goals and interests.

Students complete electives courses by taking online courses offered during the fall or spring terms, but majority of EPPHP students complete the elective courses at the Public Health Institute (PHI), which is offered in the last week in May and first weeks in June, during the May session.

The PHI offers on-campus courses on a variety of current topics in a concentrated format over three weeks.  The PHI provides course content that emphasizes research to practice with opportunity for field trips, case studies, hands-on labs and simulations. It provide a perfect setting to network with other professionals or explore a new area of interest in public health.

You may attend one to three weeks dependent upon your time and you can complete up to 7 credits at the PHI. Other elective courses are offered online and on-campus during the fall and spring terms.

Students have commented that attending the PHI was an hi-light of their MPH!

Field experience (2-4 cr)

This is an opportunity for you to learn first-hand about organizations, operations, and special activities of selected agencies, institutions, and industries concerned with public health practice. You may complete your field experience at any agency as long as the agencies’ goal is to enhance the health of the public. The field experience can be completed at your location or anywhere in the world.

Below are some of the locations that students have completed their field experience:

  • EcoHealth Alliance
  • Forum for African Women Educationalists
  • Minnesota Department of Health
  • St.Paul-Ramsey county Department of Health
  • The Arc Greater Twin Cities
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS)
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration

MPH culminating experience (1-4 cr)

The MPH culminating experience (project) enables you to demonstrate the use of public health principles and competencies. The MPH culminating experience can be completed at your location, at your convenience.

There are five MPH culminating options:

  • Certified in Public Health Exam (CPH). Certification as a Public Health Professional demonstrates your command of a standard of knowledge and skills in public health; encourages lifelong learning; adds credibility to public health profession; increases public health awareness, fosters an environment of professional community and puts you ahead of the curve as a public health professional. Students are eligible to take the CPH exam after completing the core courses. EPPHP students who take the non-credit bearing CPH exam to satisfy this requirement will substitute additional 3-4 credits elective courses.  To date, our students passage rate is 95%
  • Consultation report – the consultative report offers students the opportunity to address a real problem faced by a public health agency (public or private) and produce a product for a real client.
  • Research paper – the research paper will focus on pertinent questions or issues in public health practice.
  • Systematic literature review – the literature review will focus on pertinent questions or issues in public health practice.
  • Grant proposal – learning how to write a successful grant application is a very important skill to possess in the practice of public health.
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