Students in the Master of Public Health Program are required to take 13 credits of electives. (Please note that students who matriculate in 2019 or after will be required to complete 7-8 elective credits.) Electives assist students to individualize their program of study and develop specialty skills.
Electives may be taken to enhance public health skills and knowledge or to improve knowledge gaps and deficits. The MPH Program has approved a list of elective courses that address the core and cross-cutting public health competencies and that are frequently taken by MPH students. The courses are categorized based on the master of public health competencies established by the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health. Categorizing courses by competencies makes it easy for students to choose courses within a specific competency area.
In addition, while not all departmental courses are listed on the approved electives list, any PHS 500-level course or above is considered acceptable to be taken as an approved elective.
Students who wish to take a course for elective credit that does not appear on the approved electives list should seek individual approval from the Master of Public Health Program by contacting Mindy Schreiner, the student services coordinator. In general, courses should include 50 percent or more public health or public health-related content and must be at a 500 level or above. Students making a request to include a course as an elective must be prepared to make a justification as to why this course should be included in the student’s program plan and also provide a copy of the course syllabus.
Approved graduate certificates
Courses taken as part of an approved graduate-level certificate will count toward the MPH Program’s elective credits. All courses taken as part of the graduate certificates must be a 500 level course or above.