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New Department Addresses
Biostatistics
Epidemiology
Gerontology
Health Behavior
Health Services Management
Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health

MPH Curriculum Requirement

  • Core Courses
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Services Mgmt.
  • Preventive Med. & Env. Hlth

Curriculum Requirements

  • A minimum of 42 credit hours
  • 15 semester hours of required core course work (a course in each of the concentration areas listed above)
  • 9 semester hours of required course work
  • 3 semester hours of research
  • 15 semester hours of electives in your area of concentration
Core Curriculum
Required Core Courses - 15 Credit Hours
  • CPH 604

Public Health and Disease Prevention

3

  • STA 580

Biostatistics I

3

  • CPH 601

Occupational/Environmental Health I

3

  • CPH 605

Epidemiology

3

  • CPH 650

Management of Public Health Organizations

3

Required Courses - 9 Credit Hours
  • CPH 609

Practicum Field Experience

3

  • CPH 663

Public Health Practice and Administration

3

  • CPH 608

Public Health Capstone Project

3

Selective Research Hours Course - 3 Credit Hours

 

Courses will be determined by your Area of Concentration

3

Area of Concentration Elective Courses - 15 Credit Hours

 

Courses required from Area of Concentration

3

Total

 

42

 

Area of Concentration- Biostatistics

Area Requirements
  • CPH630 Biostatistics II (3)
Selectives I** (3 Courses Required)
  • CPH535 Database and SAS Programming (3)
  • CPH631 Design and Analysis of Health Surveys (3)
  • CPH632 Mixed Models in Public Health (3)
  • CPH664 Biostatistics in Clinical Trials (3)
Selective II** (1 Course Required)
  • CPH535 Database and SAS Programming (3)
  • CPH631 Design and Analysis of Health Surveys (3)
  • CPH632 Mixed Models in Public Health (3)
  • CPH664 Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials (3)
  • CPH712 Advanced Epidemiology (3)
  • STA524 Probability (3)
  • STA525 Introductory Statistical Inference (3)
  • STA673 Distribution - Free Statistical Interference (3)
  • STA677 Applied Multivariate Methods (3)
  • INF520 Bioinformatics (3)

*To concentrate in Biostatistics, an undergraduate course in calculus is a prerequisite. Undergraduate courses in Computer Programming and Statistical Methods are highly recommended as prerequisites.

**Courses cannot count for both the area requirements and selectives.

Area of Concentration - Epidemiology

Area Requirements
  • CPH712 Advanced Epidemiology (3)
  • CPH630 Biostatistics II (3)
Selectives (3 Courses Required) Courses beyond the 3 required selectives may be used as electives
  • CPH610 Injury Epidemiology (3)
  • CPH612 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3)
  • CPH614 Managerial Epidemiology (3)
  • CPH616 Cardiovascular Epidemiology (3)
  • CPH617 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (3)
  • CPH618 Epidemiology of Aging (3)
  • CPH662 Public Health Response to Terrorism and Disasters (3)
  • CPH711 Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3)
  • CPH718 Special Topics: Decision Making in Health and Medicine (3)
  • CPH718 Special Topics: Molecular Epidemiology (3)
Additional Electives That May Be Valuable
  • CPH664 Biostatistics in Clinical Trials (3)
  • CPH631Design and Analysis of Health Surveys (3)
  • CPH632 Mixed Models in Public Health (3)
  • CPH535 Database and SAS Programming (3)

Area of Concentration - Health Behavior

*Students should consult with the Department Chair to select courses appropriate to career objectives. See page 16 for overview of departmental requirements.

  • CPH645 Food Systems, Malnutrition and Public Health (3)
  • CPH646 Special Topics: Maternal and Child Health (3)
  • CPH646 Special Topics: Health Comm Strategies for Divers Population (3)
  • CPH646 Special Topics: Elder Mistreatment (3)
  • CPH646 Special Topics: Public Health and Nutrition (3)
  • CPH646 Special Topics: Ecological Influences on Health Behavior (3)
  • CPH646 Special Topics: Public Health and Anthropology (3)
  • CPH646 Special Topics: Kentucky Health Demographics (3)
  • CPH648 Special Topics: Health and Culture (3)
  • CPH646 Research Methods for Health Behavior (3)
  • CPH647 Geographical Information Systems in Public Health (3)

Area of Concentration - Health Services Management

Area Requirements
  • CPH650 Management of Public Health Organizations (3)
  • CPH 655 Public Health Finance and Accounting
Selectives(3 courses required)
  • CPH602 Overview of the Health Care Delivery System (3)
  • CPH614 Managerial Epidemiology (3)
  • CPH631 Design and Analysis of Health Surveys (3)
  • CPH647 Research Methods for Public Health (3)
  • CPH660 Geographical Information Sys in Public Health (3)
  • CPH653 Public Health Law and Policy (3)
  • CPH663 Public Health Practice and Administration (3)
  • CPH758 Special Topics: International Health (3)
  • CPH758 Special Topics: Professional Development in Public Health (3)
  • CPH758 Special Topics: Leadership (3)
  • CPH758 Special Topics: Social Marketing (3)
  • CPH758 Special Topics: Strat Plan and Evid-Based decision Making (3)
  • CPH758 Special Topics: Rural Health (3)
  • CPH758 Special Topics: Public Health Preparedness Planning (3)
  • CPH758 Special Topics: Public Health Policy and Politics (3)
  • HSM603 Legal Aspects of Health Administration (3)
  • HSM636 Health Economics (3)
  • HSM637 Health Finance (3)

In addition, students in any area of concentration may take the following courses to receive credit for working on research or special projects. These courses are variable credit, must be taken in sequence, and must be completed per contract (see Prospectus for Research/Independent Study and Special Topics Credit Hours in Appendix V) with a supervising faculty member:

  • CPH646 Special Topics in Health Behavior (1-3)
  • CPH649 Independent Studies in Health Behavior (1-3)
  • CPH718 Special Topics in Epidemiology (1-3)
  • CPH719 Independent Studies in Epidemiology (1-3)
  • CPH728 Special Topics in Occ/Env Health (1-3)
  • CPH729 Independent Studies in Occ/Env Health (1-3)
  • CPH738 Special Topics in Biostatistics (1-3)
  • CPH739 Independent Studies in Biostatics (1-3)
  • CPH758 Special Topics in Health Services Management (1-3)
  • CPH759 Independent Studies in Health Services Management (1-3)
  • CPH778 Special Topics in Public Health (1-3)
  • CPH779 Independent Studies in Public Health (1-3)
Other Public Health Courses*
  • CPH661 Bioethics for Public Health Professionals (3)
  • CPH695 Public Health Practice through Service (3)

*Students should consult with the Department Chair for course approval toward your area of concentration.

Required Elective: Students are required to complete at least 3 credit hours of electives. The electives do not have to be in the students' area of concentration but must relate to their Public Health career goals. Students should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies or their area department chair when selecting elective courses.

Area of Concentration - Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health

Area Requirements

CPH 601         Occupational and Environmental Health I  (3)
CPH 620         Occupational and Environmental Health II (3)
CPH 622         Toxic Agents and Their Implications in Public Health (3)

Electives

CE    555         Microbial Aspects of Environmental Engineering (3)
CPH 610         Injury Epidemiology and Control (3)
CPH 614         Managerial Epidemiology (3)
CPH 617         Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology (3)
CPH 728-a      Special Topics in Occ/Env Health: Health of Agricultural Populations (3)
CPH 728-b      Special Topics in Occ/Env Health: Advanced Agricultural Health (3)
CPH 729         Independent Study in Occupational & Environmental Health (1-3)
CPH 790         Water Sanitation and Health (3)

CPH TBA        Environmental Risk Assessment (new, under development) (3)
CPH TBA        Scientific Writing in Preventive Medicine & Public Health (new) (3)
CPH TBA        The Health of Kentuckians (new, under development) (3)
CPH TBA        Occ/Env Health Policy (new, under development) (3)
CPH 695         Public Health Practice through Service Learning (3)
CPH 662         Public Health Response to Terrorism & Disaster (3)

ENT  561         Insects Affecting Human and Animal Health (3)
BIO   582         Virology (3)         
TOX 509         Biochemical and Environmental Toxicology (3)
TOX 680         Molecular Mechanisms in Toxicology (5)
KHP 515         Anatomical and Mechanical Kinesiology (3)
KHP 615         Biomechanics (3)
KHP 618         Work Hardening & Ergonomics (3)
PHY 472G      Interaction of Radiation with Matter (3)
RM  545          Radiation Hazards and Protection (3)

Students focusing on Environmental Health must complete the area requirements listed above and choose, in consultation with their academic advisor and/or Department Chair, additional courses from the list of electives that will meet the student’s educational and career objectives.

Other electives are permissible.  Check with your Academic Advisor.