The MPP/MPH combines public health and planning with the goal of improving human well-being. The MPH portion is 42 credits. MPP/MPH students may transfer up to 14 credits from the MPP program to the MPH with approval and then take 28 credits as a public health student for a total of 42 credits. MPP/MPH students usually complete both degrees in two years.
Students enrolled Fall 2018 or later
The School of Public Health has revised its curriculum across programs and divisions to meet the new guidelines issued by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Students who enroll in Fall 2018 or later will meet the following revised curriculum:
Public Health Core Requirements (16 credits)
The basic curriculum courses are offered online and on-campus:
- PubH 6250 Foundations of Public Health (2 cr)
- PubH 6414 Biostatistical Literacy (3 cr and a 1 cr statistical programming course**) OR PubH 6450 Biostatistics I (4 cr)
- PubH 6320 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3 cr)
- PubH 6020 Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Science (2 cr)
- PubH 6102 Issues in Environmental & Occupational Health (2 cr)
- PubH 6741 Ethics in Pub Hlth: Professional Practice & Policy (1 cr)
- PubH 6751 Principles of Management in Health Services (2 cr)
Elective Courses (18–24 credits)
As a student in the MPH MPP/MPH dual degree program you can choose your graduate elective courses based on your career goals and interests in public policy and public health.
The majority of MPP/MPH students complete elective courses at the Public Health Institute (PHI), which is a 3 week session offered in the last week in May and first weeks in June.
Public Health Institute offers on-campus courses on a variety of current topics in a concentrated format. PHI provides course content that emphasizes research to practice with opportunity for field trips, case studies and simulations. It provides a perfect setting to network with other professionals and explore new areas of interest in public health.
Sample of course titles: Public Health Law; Parental Incarceration & Child Welfare; Principles of Risk Communication. Over thirty courses are offered over the 3 weeks.
You may attend one to three weeks dependent upon your time and you can complete up to 1–7 credits at the PHI. Other elective courses are offered online and on campus during the fall and spring terms.
Applied Practice Experience (1-4 credits)
The Applied Practice Experience is a hands-on opportunity to implement your public health knowledge and skills in a real-world setting with the goal of demonstrating attainment of at least 5 public health competencies by producing two products.
Since MPP students are required to complete an internship, MPP/MPH dual degree students usually find a public policy internship that pertains to public health, so it can count as the MPH applied practice experience too.
For example, MPP/MPH students have been able to use their internships completed at the Minnesota Department of Health, Community Action Partnerships with Ramsey & Washington County and US Agency for International development in Washington DC.
Integrated Learning Experience (1-4 credits)
The integrated learning experience is a highly quality written paper that demonstrated your proficiency with the written word and is appropriate for your educational and professional objectives. The paper must address at least 3 public health competencies.
Many MPP programs require a scholarly paper and if it can incorporate a public health perspective and MPH competencies, it may qualify to meet the MPH integrated learning experience, with approval.
Students enrolled prior to Fall 2018
Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2018 should follow the requirements that were in place at the time. Please refer to curriculum information in the student guidebook according to the year of your enrollment.
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