Requirements and Curriculum

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

The MPH in health services administration is 47 to 48 credits. Students who began before Fall 2018 may complete 46 credits.

Up to 9 credits may be transferred from previous coursework and up to 6 credits may be waived. A minimum of 43 credits must be completed, regardless of any waivers or substitutions.

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

Additional course not required but strongly recommended:

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--12 credits

Select four courses from the list below.

Students can petition to take courses outside their concentration area or at the PhD level if the course is relevant to their future career plans and they obtain permission of the course instructor and the MPH graduate director.

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.

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 2 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 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 Rersources Portal.

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--12 credits

Select four courses from the list below.

Students can petition to take courses outside their concentration area or at the PhD level if the course is relevant to their future career plans and they obtain permission of the course instructor and the director of graduate studies.

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.
    • See details about applying to graduate in HUB.
  • Contact sphhp-eeh@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, reivew graduation requirements.

Questions? Contact Us

Contact us at sphhp-eeh@buffalo.edu.