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MPH Program in Health Services


Degree Requirements

Students must complete:

  • 63 credits total

of which:

  • At least 23 credits must be from graduate-level in-classroom courses

in addition to:

  • 4 credits of Practicum
  • 9 credits of Thesis or Capstone
A minimum of 37 of the total credits will be fulfilled by the core courses listed below. The remaining units can be fulfilled through elective coursework or by completing an optional concentration.

School of Public Health and Health Systems and Population Health MPH Course Requirements

Effective Autumn 2020
Continuing students enrolled prior to AUT 2020, please refer to the MPH/MS Student Resources Canvas page for your degree requirements.
All Health Systems and Population Health MPH students must complete the following requirements:

SPH Core Curriculum:

PHI 511 - Foundations of Public Health

This interdisciplinary core course examines public health and healthcare in the US and globally using a social justice lens and emphasizing the interconnectedness of population and individual health. Using public health and healthcare delivery as the overarching framework, the course will cover foundational elements of public health, including, but not limited to, its history and impact, the importance of health equity and human rights, and how racism manifests and is perpetuated within public health and healthcare systems. The course will build a sense of community and instill a public health mindset among each entering MPH cohort by having all students learning together, and it will lay the foundation for students to work effectively as public health professionals on inter-professional teams.

Autumn quarter | 3 credits

PHI 512 - Analytic Skills for Public Health I

To explore problems in public health/global health research and practice using both quantitative and qualitative methods, PHI512A/B will introduce mixed methods approaches to produce rigorous results. The importance of contextual understanding and integration of conceptual, theoretical, and methodological frameworks will be emphasized in the first of this two-part series. PHI512A focuses on principles and methods of epidemiology and biostatistics, including descriptive epidemiology, overview of study designs, measures of excess risk, causal inference, screening, measurement error, misclassification, effect modification, confounding, data summaries and presentation, statistical inference (including hypothesis testing, p-values, and confidence intervals), sample size calculation, and modeling approaches such as linear regression analysis. Includes hands-on data analysis. The material in this course will position students to continue with EPI 513 and BIOST 512 in the Winter Quarter should they seek more depth in their quantitative methods training.

Autumn quarter | 7 credits

PHI 513 - Analytic Skills for Public Health II

This course will introduce qualitative and mixed methods and their relevance to rigorous public health research and practice. This course places a strong emphasis on qualitative data analysis as an integral dimension of the mixedmethods approach. The first part of the course will describe contexts for and types of qualitative research questions, introduce frameworks, study designs and sampling approaches in qualitative research, and apply methods for data collection and analysis. The second part of this course focuses on mixed methods research and the integration of quantitative measures of magnitude and frequency with qualitative measures of meaning to produce rich contextual understandings of complex behaviors, cultures, and characteristics. The third part of the course focuses on strength of evidence, distinguishes and draws parallels between implementation and discovery science; and describes alternative study designs in the context of implementation science.

Winter quarter | 3 credits

PHI 514 - Determinants of Health

Many factors combine together to affect the health of individuals and communities. This course will describe and apply frameworks understanding determinants of health at multiple levels. Course material will emphasize individual and family-level determinants, physical and social environments, and population-level determinants. Students will learn how to apply theory, interpret and weigh evidence to identify and prioritize health determinants for public health research, practice, and policy.

Winter quarter | 3 credits

PHI 515 - Implementing Public Health Interventions

In this course students will be introduced to concepts, models and methods of implementation science in public health across multiple levels of the socioecological framework, for improving population health outcomes. Through lecture, small group discussion, poster presentation and intervention project paper, students will learn how to use evidence and understanding of the cultural values and practices of stakeholders in designing an intervention, implementing it and evaluating it based on its acceptability, adoption, feasibility, fidelity, effectiveness, cost and sustainability.

Spring quarter | 4 credits

PHI 516 - Public Health Practice

Public Health Practice is the culminating course of the common MPH core curriculum, designed to bring together and apply knowledge of health determinants and public health systems, analytic skills and evidence-based approaches to real world public health problem solving. This course will develop system thinking skills and an understanding of the interrelationships between public health infrastructure, generation and evaluation of public health evidence, public health policy, and community engagement. Essential leadership, management and communication skills will be introduced and applied.

Spring quarter | 3 credits

and 2 quarters of program seminar:

MPH Program Seminar
(offered AUT, WIN & SPR)
(Clinical Fellows are required to take the seminar specifically designated for clinicians in the SPH masters degree)



and Thesis or Capstone:


Capstone Project

Students in the Generalist track must complete the following additional requirements:

2 courses from the following list of method courses (6+ credits):

HSERV 590/517
Advanced Qualitative Methods in Anthropology and Public Health
Spring quarter | 3 credits

Health Policy Research
Winter quarter | 3 credits

Health Program Evaluation
Autumn quarter | 4 credits

Survey Research Methods
Spring quarter | 4 credits

Research Methods of Social and Contextual Determinants of Health
Winter quarter | 3 credits

Economic Evaluation in Health and Medicine
Autumn quarter | 3 credits

Assessing Outcomes in Health and Medicine
Winter quarter | 3 credits

Advanced Health Services Research Methods I – Large Public Databases; Big Data
Autumn quarter | 4-5 credits

Advanced Health Services Research Methods II – Hierarchical and Incomplete Data
Winter quarter | 4-5 credits

Advanced Health Services Research Methods III – Casual Inference Using Observational Data
Spring quarter | 4-5 credits

Community Based Participatory Research and Health
Spring quarter | 3 credits

and 2 courses from the following list of elective courses (4+ credits):

Health Communication and Marketing for Health Promotion: Theory and Practice
Spring quarter | 3 credits

Health Systems and Policy
Autumn quarter | 3 credits

Social Determinants of Population Health and Health Disparities
Spring quarter | 3 credits

War and Health
Spring quarter | 5 credits

Public Health Law
Autumn quarter | 2 credits

Health Policy Development
Autumn quarter | 3 credits

Health Disparities
Winter quarter | 2 credits

Strategies of Health Promotion
Winter quarter | 4 credits

Health Policy Economics
Every other Spring quarter | 3 credits

Health Economics
Spring quarter | 3 credits

Or any course not already completed from the methods list

Additional course requirements for the concentrations are listed here:

Recommended coursework:

Public Health Skills