Masters Degree Programs

Master of Public Health (MPH)

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:

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 Applied Practice Experience, 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 a 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 Integrative Learning Experience Experience Project Advisory Committee (IPAC) composed of COPH Faculty members.

*MPH in Epidemiology requires 48 semester credit hours.

Master of Health Administration (MHA)

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) 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).

Master of Science in Healthcare Data Analytics (MHCDA)

The Master of Science (MS) in Healthcare Data Analytics (HCDA) takes a multidisciplinary approach to train individuals with the analytical, informatics and computational skills required to be competitive for health analytics and data science positions in the current and future job markets. The competency-based curriculum provides students with advanced skills in data aggregation methods, statistical methods, data mining and forecasting algorithms, visualization techniques, and data management, including database skills and database design techniques. At the conclusion of the program, students can expect to be proficient or advanced in multiple state-of-the-art software tools. In addition to having a deep understanding of complex data analytic approaches, such as data mining techniques, students will gain expertise in meaningful interpretation of the results. In the final semester(s) of their program, students will be required to complete a thesis/capstone project to synthesize and apply knowledge of the methods and theories gained during coursework.