Aug 12, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Public Health, M.P.H. (Public Health Administration Concentration)

General Program Information

Graduate School Contact:
Alondra Robbins;; (423) 439-4302

Amal J. Khoury, Ph.D., MPH, Professor and Chair, Associate Dean for Quality and Planning
College of Public Health
42 Lamb Hall
Box 70264
(423) 439-4937

Jennifer Hunt, Lecturer
MPH Coordinator
College of Public Health
Office 51M Lamb Hall
(423) 439-6135

Faculty: Kate Beatty, Wilsie Bishop, Colin Chesley, Nathan Hale, Jennifer Hunt, Amal Khoury, Hadii Mamudu, Michael Smith, Randy Wykoff.

The Master of Public Health in Public Health Administration is a professional degree preparing graduates for leadership positions in health services management and policy analysis. The M.P.H. also prepares students for doctoral training in public health. The M.P.H. is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.


By the end of the degree program, students are expected to have achieved the following competencies:

  • Discuss main issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services in the United States.
  • Apply legal and ethical principles to issues of health services management and policy analysis.
  • Analyze health policy, including policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Apply principles of strategic planning and marketing in health services organizations.
  • Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational performance.
  • Demonstrate written and oral skills for communicating health policy and management issues with different audiences.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills for building relations and alliances.
  • Apply principles of human resources management in public health and health services organizations.
  • Apply principles of accounting and financial management in public health and health services organizations.
  • Analyze governance and management structures of health services organizations.

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants to this program are required to use the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) which can be accessed at Application deadlines for Fall admission are: June 1st for domestic applicants and May 1st for international applicants.

The priority application deadline is February 1st (for early admissions decision, consideration for Graduate Assistantships, and Tuition Scholarships).

Admission to the graduate program in Public Health is based upon scholarship, letters of recommendation, and evidence of potential for success in a graduate program, including: A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.2 are encouraged to submit the GRE scores with their application.

For additional information, please contact the MPH Program Coordinator,

Foundational Public Health Course

Students who have not earned a CEPH-accredited degree may be required to complete an additional course:

Public Health, M.P.H. Degree Requirements: 43 credits

Core Requirements 16 credits
Concentration 12 credits
Advisor Approved Electives 6 credits
Field Experience 6 credits
Capstone 3 credits
TOTAL 43 credits

*See MPH Student Handbook for details on progression in the program including requirements for graduation. 

Advisor Approved Electives: 6 credits

Take 6 credits of Advisor Approved electives. 

Field Experience: 6 credits

Capstone: 3 credits