Requirements and Curriculum

The MPH with a concentration in Community Health and Health Behavior requires 46 credits for current students and 48 credits for students beginning the program Fall 2018 or later.

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. 

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

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

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

Current MPH Students

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.

Students beginning the MPH Fall 2018 or later

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. 

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.

Forms and Documentation

You will complete a series of field training forms and a timesheet. More information about the forms can be found at what documentation is required for field training.

In addition, you will complete and submit a field training report to your faculty advisor at the end of your experience. Students beginning the MPH in Fall 2018 or later will also deliver a brief presentation or complete a journal about your activities.

You will also need to complete:

  • Application to Candidacy Form (ATC)
    The ATC is generally filed after your second or third semester in the MPH program. Complete the ATC form and submit to Barb Sen, graduate program coordinator. 
  • Multi-Purpose Report for Graduate Degree Completion "M-Form"
  • Once you have completed all integrative project requirements, fill out the M-Form. This final, signed form must be submitted to Barb Sen, graduate program coordinator, to qualify for graduation.
Graduation Requirements

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

Questions? Contact Us

325 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6959

Fax: (716) 829-6040

ghomish@buffalo.edu

Director, MPH Concentration
Associate Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Community Health and Health Behavior
School of Public Health and Health Professions

325 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6959

Fax: (716) 829-6040

ghomish@buffalo.edu