Requirements and Curriculum

Your program will consist of courses addressing foundational knowledge and competency areas basic to public health, required and elective concentration courses, a field training experience and an integrative project.

The MPH with a concentration in Community Health and Health Behavior is 47 to 48 credits. Students who began before Fall 2018 may complete 46 credits.

Up to 6 credits may be waived and up to 9 credits may be transferred based on previously taken graduate coursework. Regardless of any waivers/substitutions, a minimum of 43 credits must be completed. 

The program can be completed in four semesters of full-time attendance or up to eight semesters of part-time attendance.

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Advisement

You will be assigned a faculty advisor who will assist you in planning your academic coursework and other program requirements. Learn more about advisement.

MPH Courses

The following courses are required for students beginning Fall 2018. Students who began before Fall 2018, please see the prior curriculum.

Foundational Courses (15 - 16 cr.):

Statistics Requirement

Biology Requirement

Students with college-level coursework in human biology, or anatomy and physiology may be approved to waive this course and take an additional elective. 

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Your elective options examine specific areas of health behavior (e.g., eating behavior, tobacco use), practical tools for promoting health (e.g., community health assessments) and health behavior in public health practice (e.g., international public health). Select three courses from the elective course descriptions.

Field Training Experience

Apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom and engage in the practice of public health through a placement at a site of your choosing. 

Integrative Project

Incorporate what you learned from the program coursework and your field training experience into a paper and presentation that addresses a specific public health issue.

Interprofessional Forum

Interprofessional collaborative practice, or the ability to work effectively on teams with professionals across many health or health-related disciplines, is an important competency for public health professionals. MPH students gain foundational interprofessional concepts in CHB 507 Public Health Professionalism and Teamwork.

  • MPH students also participate in one Interprofessional Forum during their MPH program. The Forum is offered once per semester and upcoming dates can be found on the forum.
  • To register for a Forum, follow the steps in the MPH Student Resources portal in UBLearns.

MPH Courses for students beginning before Fall 2018

Foundational Courses (16 cr.):

Statistics Requirement

Biology Requirement

Students with college-level coursework in human biology, or anatomy and physiology may be approved to waive this course and take an additional elective. 

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Your elective options examine specific areas of health behavior (e.g., eating behavior, tobacco use), practical tools for promoting health (e.g., community health assessments) and health behavior in public health practice (e.g., international public health). Select three courses from the elective course descriptions.

Field Training Experience

Apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom and engage in the practice of public health through a placement at a site of your choosing. Register for your department's version of this course.

Integrative Project

Incorporate what you learned from the program coursework and your field training experience into a paper and presentation that addresses a specific public health issue. Register for your department's version of this course.

Forms and Documentation

You will complete a series of field training forms before and during your field training experience. You will also complete and submit a field training set of slides about your experience to your advisor. More information about the forms can be found in the MPH Student Resource Portal in UBLearns.

All students must also apply for graduation:

  • Students preparing to graduate must log into My Academics in their student HUB record, click on "Apply for Graduation" and select the MPH program and anticipated graduation semester before the appropriate deadline. (MPH students no longer complete an ATC or M-form.)
    • See details about applying to graduate in HUB.
  • Contact sphhp-chhb-mph@buffalo.edu for more information.
Graduation Term Apply to Graduate, in HUB by Conferral Date
Spring February 22 June 1
Summer July 15 September 1
Fall October 15 February 1
Graduation Requirements

To ensure you complete all of the necessary forms, review the MPH program timeline and graduation requirements.

Questions? Contact Us

sarah heavey.

301 Kimball

Phone: (716) 829-6752

scheavey@buffalo.edu

Director of MPH Programs
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Community Health and Health Behavior
School of Public Health and Health Professions