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 culminating 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

Students should enroll in courses following the schedule below.

  • Part-time students taking courses over multiple years should register for courses in order.
    • For example, if you take 2 courses per semester, in your first Fall semester take the first 2 courses under Year 1 Fall, and in your next Fall semester take the next 2 courses.
  • One-year accelerated students combine Fall Semester years 1 and 2 for your Fall schedule, and Spring Semester years 1 and 2 for your spring schedule.
  • Students who began before Fall 2018, please see the prior curriculum.

Year 1 Fall Semester (12 credits)

Course order Course Credits Course Type
1. CHB 501 Study of Health Behavior 3
Foundational MPH course
2. EEH 530 Introduction to Health Care Organization 3 Foundational MPH course
3. STA 527 Statistical Analysis I 4
Foundational MPH course
4. EEH 590 Contemporary Issues in Public Health 2
Foundational MPH course

Year 1 Spring Semester (11 credits)

Course order Course Credits Course Type
1. EEH 500 Introduction to Epidemiology^ 3
Foundational MPH course
2. EEH 550 Environmental Health 3
Foundational MPH ccourse
3. CHB 505 Applied Statistics for Public Health 3 Concentration course
4. CHB 590 Contemporary Issues in Public Health 1 Foundational MPH course
5. CHB 507 Public Health Professionalism and Teamwork 1
Foundational MPH course

^ Students can take EEH 501 Principles of Epidemiology (4 credits) in the Fall semester instead of EEH 500 Introduction to Epidemiology if their faculty advisor approves.

Year 1 Summer Semester (3 credits)*

Course order Course Credits Course Type
1. CHB 544 Field Training* (Students should not contact the Field Training Coordinator until completing all Year 1 courses) 3 Foundational MPH course
  * MPH Field Training (3 credits) can be completed in Summer of Year 1, or in Fall of Year 2.
   

Year 2 Fall Semester (12 credits)*

Course order Course Credits Course Type
1. CHB 523 Introduction to Program Planning and Evaluation 3 Concentrstion course
2. Community health and health behavior elective 3 Elective course
3. Community health and health behavior elective 3 Elective course
4. CHB 544 Field Training* (Students should not contact the Field Training Coordinator until completing all Year 1 courses) 3 Foundational MPH course
  * MPH Field Training (3 credits) can be completed in Summer of Year 1, or in Fall of Year 2.
   

Year 2 Spring Semester (12 credits)

Course order Course Credits Course Type
1. CHB 502 Health Behavior Change 3 Concentration course
2. EEH 520 Biological Basis of Public Health+
3 Foundational MPH course
3. Community health and health behavior elective 3 Elective course
4. CHB 630 Culminating Project 3
Foundational MPH course

+ Students with prior college coursework in biology, anatomy and physiology may be waived from this course. If waived, students take an additional elective course.

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.

Interprofessional Collaborative Practice

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 can earn two interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) digital badges through their required coursework:

  • IPCP Foundations Digital Badge by completing:
    • IPCP Foundational Online Module Series in CHB 507 Public Health Professionalism and Teamwork
    • One fall Interprofessional Forum and one spring Interprofessional Forum in CHB/EEH 590 Contemporary Issues in Public Health
  • IPCP Healthcare Practice Digital Badge by completing:
    • CHB/EEH/STA 544 MPH Field Training

Current students can learn more about interprofessional collaborative practice in the MPH by visiting the MPH Student Resources Portal.

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 UB Learns.

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.

Academic Integrity Policy for Graduate Students

All students should review and be familiar with UB’s policy on academic integrity.

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