Program for Experienced Professionals - Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health degree program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to be practitioners of public health.  It includes courses within public health’s core disciplines of biostatistics, environmental health science, epidemiology, health behavior & health promotion, and health services management & policy.  Course work is combined with a practicum and culminating experience to provide students with the knowledge, experience, and skill to work within a broad range of public and private organizations.

Students admitted to the Master of Public Health Program for Experienced Professionals (PEP) degree program will select one of two concentrations with the degree program: Public Health Leadership and Organization (PHLO) or Population Health Management (PHM).

Students are assigned a faculty advisor who will provide guidance throughout the program.  This document serves as a resource to be used by the student and the advisor in planning, but is not inclusive of all important degree, college, and university requirements.   All students are expected to be familiar with the College of Public Health (CPH) Graduate Student Handbook and with the Graduate School Handbook.

  • On campus -- four weekends per semester
  • Distance learning -- course websites that allow students to access course materials, communicate with the instructor and other students, take quizzes, and submit assignments. 

Program of Study

The required courses for the PHLO concentration will focus on education and training in organizational leadership and behavior, project management, and operations management.  For the PHM concentration, required courses will provide education and training in applied health care economic evaluation, health analytics, behavioral health, and critical appraisal of PHM interventions. For a list of course offering and a sample curricumum plan, click here.

  1. Public Health Core Courses (15 credits)
  2. Required Courses for Students in Both Concentrations (15 credits)
  3. Elective Course (1 Credit)
  4. Practicum and Culminating Project (5 credits)
  5. PHM Required Courses (9 Credits)


  6. PHLO Required Courses (9 Credits)

Lindsay Harmon-Matthews, PEP '15
"The PEP program was instrumental in preparing me for my new role as Rehab Team Lead for Quality Assurance (QA).  As a physical therapist, I was already accustomed to working with patients one on one; but, my public health training helped me understand the factors that impact health status on a broader level.  The breadth of subjects covered in my PEP courses from program evaluation and health care organization management to biostatistics, health care economics, and others introduced me to information I have referred to many times as I’ve prepared for my QA role.  The practicum and culminating project allowed me to put new skills into practice within my organization."  

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