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Community Health Studies Master's Degree Requirements

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Master of Public Health Degree Program

This degree program offers experienced health workers an opportunity to complete a course of study that leads to a professional degree. Working health professionals expand their knowledge base in public health, extend and sharpen their professional skills, broaden their perspective on public health problems, and prepare to assume greater professional responsibility.

The basic requirement of the M.P.H. degree is the completion of a minimum of 42 credits of academic work depending upon area of concentration, and practice experience. Candidates may enroll either full time, in which case they should be able to complete degree requirements in three semesters and an intervening summer, or part time, in which case they are expected to complete degree requirements within three years of matriculation.

Community Health Education
The total number of credits required for graduation is 42, 15 of which must be earned in Public Health core courses (PUBHLTH 540, 565, 601, 620, 630), 15 credits earned in Community Health Education core courses (PUBHLTH 690SJ, 602, 603, 608, 622, 704), 3 credits for the practicum experience, 3 credits for a culminating experience, which may be fulfilled either by an M.P.H. project or the capstone course, PUBHLTH 691S, and 6 credits from elective courses.

Health Policy and Management
The total number of credits required for graduation is 42, 15 of which must be earned in Public Health core courses (PUBHLTH 540, 565, 601, 620, 630), 3 credits for the practicum experience, 3 credits for culminating experience (which may be fulfilled either by an M.P.H. project or a capstone course), and 21 credits from Health Policy and Management courses. The courses in Health Policy and Management have been classified under three content areas: Health Care Management and Administration (PUBHLTH 525, 621, 628, 691G, 780), Health Policy (PUBHLTH 524, 525, 580, 614, 629, 630, 726, 780), and Health Services Research (PUBHLTH 608, 622, 624, 628, 640, 704, 726). The remaining credits may be earned through a combination of elective courses, practicum experience, and M.P.H. project (or other culminating experience).

All M.P.H. students are required to complete a practicum as part of their degree requirements. Practice experiences may be paid or unpaid. Culminating experience options include one or more of the following: a capstone course, an M.P.H. project or a comprehensive examination.


Master of Science Degree Program

The M.S. degree program for both Community Health Education and Health Policy and Mangement is designed for candidates whose career goals include research and teaching. Graduates of the program will obtain skills in important areas of public health including how to analyze research methodology, the interaction of technical, social, economic, and political determinants of health problems and the way these factors influence processes of social change. The degree program provides a sound methodological preparation for working in a research setting or for pursuing an advanced academic degree.

The basic requirement for the M.S. degree is the completion of a minimum of 48 credits of course work including the thesis. The normal time for satisfying requirements for the M.S. degree in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences is two academic years and the intervening summer (21 months).

Each student is expected to conduct an individual investigation or research project as one of the requirements for the Master of Science degree. This is done as a thesis, conducted under the guidance of two or more members of the graduate faculty. As part of the requirement, each thesis is defended orally before at least three members of the graduate faculty.