Academics

Master of Public Health (MPH) Program Curriculum

The Master of Public Health (MPH) at Binghamton University offers a generic master's program with selective areas of focused scholarship in the areas of population or global public health. The curriculum includes a foundation course (required) for role development and socialization in public health as well as five core courses (required) in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health, Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology and Health Policy. The curriculum also includes a required course in applied epidemiology that uses a case-based approach to integrate all core disciplines. In addition, a sequence of three experiential public health courses (required) engages students in inter-professional learning activities that foster socialization into the public health role, development of problem-solving skills, and proficiency in health policy analysis and advocacy. Each of the selective areas (population or global public health) consists of a three-course sequence: (a) research concepts and measurements, (b) determinants and disparities and (c) policies, strategies and implementation. In addition, a topics course for each selective area explores current and emerging public health issues. Students are also required to complete an internship practicum and capstone project to meet degree requirements (nine credits). A number of electives are available to students including public health biology (required foundation course for students without previous coursework in the biological sciences) and program planning and evaluation.

Sample curriculum and program plan for full-time students (48 credit hours):

 YEAR 01

FALL

Credits

SPRING

Credits

PH 510 Foundations of Public Health

2

PH 517 Public Health Biology *

2

PH 501 Experiential Public Health I

1

PH 502 Experiential Public Health II

1

PH 512 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health

3

PH 522 Health Policy, Finance & Management

3

PH 520 Epidemiology I: Basic Principles & Methods

3

PH 515 Introduction to Biostatistics

3

PH 518 Environmental Health

3

PH 530 Global Health I
                 or
PH 540 Population Health I

3

TOTAL CREDITS                                

12

TOTAL CREDITS                

12

 YEAR 02

FALL

Credits

SPRING

Credits

PH 524 Program Planning & Evaluation

2

PH 538 Global Health III
                 or
PH 548 Population Health III

3

PH 503 Experiential Public Health III

1

PH 525 Epidemiology II: Applied Epidemiology

3

PH 595 Global Health Practicum & Capstone
                 or
PH 597 Population Health Practicum & Capstone

9

PH 535 Global Health II
                 or
PH 545 Population Health II

3

PH 550 Topics in Global Health
                 or
PH 552 Topics in Population Health

3

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS

12

TOTAL CREDITS

12

* Required foundation course for students without previous coursework in the biological sciences.

Sample curriculum and program plan for part-time students (48 credit hours):

 YEAR 01

FALL

Credits

SPRING

Credits

PH 510 Foundations of Public Health

2

PH 517 Public Health Biology *

2

PH 501 Experiential Public Health I

1

PH 502 Experiential Public Health II

1

PH 512 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health

3

PH 522 Health Policy, Finance & Management

3

TOTAL CREDITS                                

6

TOTAL CREDITS                

6

 YEAR 02

FALL

Credits

SPRING

Credits

PH 520 Epidemiology I: Basic Principles & Methods

3

PH 515 Introduction to Biostatistics

3

PH 518 Environmental Health

3

PH 530 Global Health I
                 or
PH 540 Population Health I

3

TOTAL CREDITS                                

6

TOTAL CREDITS                

6

 YEAR 03

FALL

Credits

SPRING

Credits

PH 535 Global Health II
                 or
PH 545 Population Health II

3

PH 538 Global Health III
                 or
PH 548 Population Health III

3

PH 525 Epidemiology II: Case Applications

3

PH 595 Global Health Practicum & Capstone
                 or
PH 597 Population Health Practicum & Capstone

3

TOTAL CREDITS

6

TOTAL CREDITS

6

 YEAR 04

FALL

Credits

SPRING

Credits

PH 524 Program Planning & Evaluation

2

PH 550 Topics in Global Health
                 or
PH 552 Topics in Population Health

3

PH 503 Experiential Public Health III

1

PH 595 Global Health Practicum & Capstone
                 or
PH 597 Population Health Practicum & Capstone

3

PH 595 Global Health Practicum & Capstone
                 or
PH 597 Population Health Practicum & Capstone

3

TOTAL CREDITS

6

TOTAL CREDITS

6

* Required foundation course for students without previous coursework in the biological sciences.

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