MPH Curriculum and Course Descriptions

Review complete degree requirements in the Binghamton University Bulletin. Select "Public Health Graduate" under "Graduate Fields of Study by Department."

MPH Degree Requirements

The Master of Public Health degree requires completion of 48 credits of graduate-level coursework and offers a generic master’s program with elective course sequences in areas such as population health, global health, disaster management and forensic health.

  • The curriculum includes 2 foundation courses (required); 1 course in public health biology, which may be waived for students with previous college level coursework in human biological sciences and 1 course focused on socialization to the field of public health.
  • The curriculum includes 5 core courses (required) in social and behavioral sciences in public health; biostatistics; environmental health; epidemiology; and health policy, finance and management.
  • The curriculum also includes a required course in applied epidemiology that uses a case-based approach to integrate all core disciplines, a required course in program planning and evaluation and a population health topics course (required) that explores current and emerging public health issues.
  • In addition, a sequence of three experiential public health courses (required) engages students in interprofessional learning activities that foster socialization into the role of the public health professional, development of problem-solving skills, and proficiency in health policy analysis and advocacy.
  • The elective course sequence options include population health, global health, disaster preparedness and forensic health. Certificate options are also available in disaster management and forensic health
  • Students are also required to complete an internship practicum and capstone project to meet degree requirements.

Curriculum Plans

Below are sample curriculum plans for the MPH program. For printer-friendly versions of the plans (full- and part-time options), visit our Google drive. If you have questions, contact the MPH program director.

Binghamton University Graduate School policy states that a master's degree curriculum must be completed within five years from date of matriculation to remain eligible for award of degree.

  • Full-time MPH program, internship practicum and capstone experience completed over 2 semesters
    YEAR 1
    Fall semester
    PH 501: Experiential Public Health I 1 credit
    PH 510: Foundations of Public Health 2 credits
    PH 512: Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health 3 credits
    PH 518: Environmental Health 3 credits
    PH 520: Epidemiology I: Basic Principles and Methods 3 credits
    Total credits this semester 12
    Spring semester  
    PH 502: Experiential Public Health II 1 credit
    PH 515: Introduction to Biostatistics 3 credits
    PH 517: Public Health Biology* 2 credits
    PH 522: Health Policy, Finance and Management 3 credits
    Elective sequence course I 3 credits
    Total credits this semester 12
    YEAR 2  
    Fall semester  
    PH 503: Experiential Public Health III 1 credit
    PH 524: Program Planning and Evaluation 2 credits
    PH 525: Epidemiology II: Applied Epidemiology 3 credits
    Elective sequence course II 3 credits
    Internship Practicum and Capstone Project 3 credits
    Total credits this semester 12
    Spring semester  
    PH 552: Topics in Population Health 3 credits
    Elective sequence course III 3 credits
    Internship Practicum and Capstone Project 6 credits
    Total credits this semester 12 
    * Required foundation course for students without previous coursework in the biological sciences.  
    TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE 48
  • Full-time MPH program, internship practicum and capstone experience completed over 1 semester
    YEAR 1
    Fall semester
    PH 501: Experiential Public Health I 1 credit
    PH 510: Foundations of Public Health 2 credits
    PH 512: Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health 3 credits
    PH 518: Environmental Health 3 credits
    PH 520: Epidemiology I: Basic Principles and Methods 3 credits
    Total credits this semester 12
    Spring semester  
    PH 502: Experiential Public Health II 1 credit
    PH 515: Introduction to Biostatistics 3 credits
    PH 517: Public Health Biology* 2 credits
    PH 522: Health Policy, Finance and Management 3 credits
    Elective sequence course I 3 credits
    Total credits this semester 12
    YEAR 2  
    Fall semester  
    PH 503: Experiential Public Health III 1 credit
    PH 524: Program Planning and Evaluation 2 credits
    PH 525: Epidemiology II: Applied Epidemiology 3 credits
    PH 552: Topics in Population Health 3 credits
    Elective sequence course II 3 credits
    Total credits this semester 12
    Spring semester  
    Elective sequence course III 3 credits
    Internship Practicum and Capstone Project 9 credits
    Total credits this semester 12 
    * Required foundation course for students without previous coursework in the biological sciences.  
    TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE 48
  • Part-time MPH program 
    YEAR 1
    Fall semester
    PH 501: Experiential Public Health I 1 credit
    PH 510: Foundations of Public Health 2 credits
    PH 512: Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health 3 credits
    Total credits this semester 6
    Spring semester  
    PH 502: Experiential Public Health II 1 credit
    PH 517: Public Health Biology* 2 credits
    PH 522: Health Policy, Finance and Management 3 credits
    Total credits this semester 6
    YEAR 2  
    Fall semester  
    PH 518: Environmental Health 3 credits
    PH 520: Epidemiology I: Basic Principles and Methods 3 credits
    Total credits this semester 6
    Spring semester  
    PH 515: Introduction to Biostatistics 3 credits
    Elective sequence course I 3 credits
    Total credits this semester 6
    YEAR 3  
    Fall semester  
    PH 525: Epidemiology II: Case Applications 3 credits
    Elective sequence course II 3 credits
    Total credits this semester 6
    Spring semester  
    Elective sequence course III 3 credits
    Internship Practicum and Capstone Project 3 credits
    Total credits this semester
    YEAR 4  
    Fall semester  
    PH 503: Experiential Public Health III 1 credit
    PH 524: Program Planning and Evaluation 2 credits
    Internship Practicum and Capstone Project 3 credits
    Total credits this semester 6
    Spring semester  
    PH 552: Topics in Population Health 3 credits
    Internship Practicum and Capstone Project 3 credits
    Total credits this semester 6
    * Required foundation course for students without previous coursework in the biological sciences.  
    TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE 48

Course Descriptions

Elective Course Sequences

Population Health

Global Health 

Disaster Management

Forensic Health

Students must take NURS 581G (listed first below) and then pick two of the other courses on this list.

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Important info about COVID vaccines

Students entering MPH programs are required to complete fieldwork experiences. If the fieldwork experience occurs in a healthcare agency, specific COVID vaccination requirements must be met. At this time, and for the foreseeable future, all New York state healthcare agencies require that all employees (including students completing fieldwork experiences) be fully vaccinated for COVID.  These agencies don't allow religious exemptions and have very narrow guidelines for medical exemptions. Any religious exemption granted by Binghamton University applies only to the University setting; it does not apply to off-campus affiliated activities such as fieldwork placements within Department of Health (DOH) regulated agencies. Students should be aware that if their fieldwork is in a DOH-regulated facility, they will need to comply with the facility’s COVID vaccination requirements or they will not be allowed to complete their fieldwork at these agencies. In those cases, students will need to seek an alternative location for their fieldwork.