Masters Degree Programs
The MPH degree is a forty-two (42)* semester credit hour program designed to accommodate the student who wishes to obtain an area of concentration in traditional public health specialties.
Available specialty tracks include:
- Environmental and Occupational Health
- Health Behavior and Health Education
- Health Policy and Management
- Rural Public Health Practice
Each student who declares a specialty area must select an academic advisor from members of the faculty of the department related to that particular area of public health specialization.
Two (2) capstone courses are required as part of the forty-two (42)* semester credit hour MPH curriculum. The first is a preceptorship, or field experience, requiring a minimum of 200 clock hours of work in a public health-related activity, under the joint supervision of a qualified specialist in public health practice and a COPH faculty member. The second is an culminating experience project, requiring the student to synthesize and integrate knowledge and apply theory and principles learned to an area of public health practice resulting in preparation of a manuscript for publication, a health policy proposal, a research proposal for submission, or equivalent, if approved by the Culminating Experience Project Advisory Committee (IPAC) composed of COPH Faculty members.
*MPH in Epidemiology requires 48 semester credit hours.
The Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) program prepares students for careers as administrators or staff in health organizations, institutions, and agencies involved in the provision, financing, insuring, or regulation of health care. The curriculum is structured in developmental sequences, with each semester’s work building on the previous courses. A required summer experiential course provides valuable real world experience in a health care organization that fits the student’s career path. Also, the program assists students in obtaining a one-year, post-degree fellowship. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and is a full member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Further information about the MHSA program may be found in this catalog and on the COPH website at www.uams.edu/coph/applicants.