Master of Public Health (MPH)

Address current and emerging public health challenges by obtaining the knowledge and skills you need to create change in our world.

From improving the air we breathe and the water we drink, to understanding and preventing disease, to evaluating current health programs and policies and promoting new ones—there is no shortage of complex public health challenges in today’s ever-changing world.

As a Senior Competitive Intelligence Specialist for BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, UB SPHHP alumnus Gabe Hutton is an expert in identifying trends and analyzing the marketplace. 

Career Opportunities

Our Master of Public Health (MPH) program prepares you to address public health issues with a comprehensive understanding of knowledge and skills needed to create real change.

You will be prepared to work in a variety of fields including:

  • Local, state, national or international health agencies
  • Health care delivery systems such as hospitals and provider networks
  • Health maintenance and managed care organizations
  • Pharmaceutical and other medical companies
  • Private industry
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Public health advocacy and other community-based organizations
  • Private research and consulting firms
  • Academia

MPH Courses

Current MPH students

Complete between 43 and 47 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 waivers or substitutions.

Students can complete the MPH in four semesters full-time, or up to eight semesters part-time. 

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

Take 2-3 courses for your concentration.

Elective Courses

Take 3-4 courses for your concentration. Students in the generalist MPH program take 4 courses from any concentration.

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.

  • 630 Integrative Project (2-3 cr.)

Students beginning the MPH in fall 2018 or later

Complete between 43 and 49 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 waivers or substitutions.

Students can complete the MPH in four semesters full-time, or up to eight semesters part-time. 

Foundational Courses (16 cr.):

Fall 

Spring 

*Students take EEH 590 Contemporary Issues in Public Health for 3 semesters. They should register for at least 1 fall and 1 spring semester.

Statistics Requirement

Students also take one of the following statistics labs:

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

Take 2-3 courses for your concentration.

Elective Courses

Take 3-4 courses for your concentration. Students in the generalist MPH program take 4 courses from any concentration.

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.

  • 630 Integrative Project (3 cr.)

Select From Six Concentrations

Combined Degree Programs

Earn two degrees in less time and fewer credits than it takes to earn each degree individually. We offer combined programs for the MPH with other degrees including BS, DPT, JD, MBA, MSW, MD and PharmD.