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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health, M.P.H. (Public Health Leadership & Policy)

General Program Information

Amal J. Khoury, Ph.D., MPH, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Services Management and Policy
College of Public Health
Sherrod Library 3rd Floor
Box 70264
(423) 439-4937

Kate Beatty, PhD, MPH, MPH Program Director
College of Public Health
3rd Floor, Sherrod Library
(423) 439-4482
Jennifer R. Hunt, MPH, Senior Lecturer
MPH Coordinator
College of Public Health
902 W. Maple St.

Faculty: Manik Ahuja; Casey Balio; Kate Beatty; Danny Crawley; Nathan Hale; Jennifer Hunt; Amal Khoury; Hadii Mamudu; Wondi Manalew; Michael Smith; Laura Trull; Ryan Youngblood.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a professional degree that offers competency-based preparation for public health practice in five concentration areas - Biostatistics, Community Health, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, and Public Health Leadership & Policy. Each concentration equips students with the required knowledge and skills to work in the respective area.

The Department of Health Services Management and Policy offers the MPH concentration in Public Health Leadership & Policy. For the other concentrations, please see the appropriate department.

The MPH in Public Health Leadership & Policy is offered fully online and fully on-ground to meet the needs of our diverse students.

The MPH in Public Health Leadership & Policy prepares graduates for leadership roles in public health and health policy through an applied curriculum focused on practice and interprofessional experiences. Graduates are ready to effectively lead a public health organization using their budgeting, finance, strategic planning, and policy design, implementation, and analysis skills. This concentration is ideal for students interested in public health, health policy, and health disparities research to prepare for careers in the workforce as well as for advanced terminal degrees (e.g., DrPH, PhD, JD).

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 Please check the SOPHAS web site for the application deadlines for your desired start term.

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,

Articulation Agreements

A student who completes the Global Health Graduate Certificate and later wishes to pursue the Master of Public Health may apply up to nine credits of the certificate credits into the master’s degree with approval of the degree graduate coordinator and the School of Graduate Studies. All credit, however, must meet the GPA requirements and must be within the six-year matriculation limits. 

Students who have completed the Health Care Management Graduate Certificate may apply, with approval, up to thirteen (13) credits of coursework in the certificate program into the M.P.H., M.B.A., or M.S.N. degree programs.

A student who completes the Health Data Analytics Graduate Certificate and wishes to pursue the Master of Public Health may apply the certificate credits into the master’s degree with approval of the degree graduate coordinator and the School of Graduate Studies.

Students who have completed the Public Health Graduate Certificate and subsequently are admitted into the MPH may have up to sixteen (16) of the certificate credits applied toward the degree program of study as long as the courses fall within the matriculation limits and a grade of B (3.0) or better was earned for the course.

Public Health, M.P.H. Degree Requirements: 43-46 credits

Core Requirements 16-19 credits
Concentration 9 credits
Advisor Approved Electives 9 credits
Field Experience 6 credits
Capstone 3 credits
TOTAL 43-46 credits

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

Public Health, M.P.H. Core Requirements: 16-19 credits

Capstone: 3 credits

Field Experience: 6 credits