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DEGREES AND REQUIREMENTS

The School of Public Health offers the degrees of Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.), Master of Science (M.S.) in the Environmental Health Sciences and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a major in the Environmental Health Sciences.

Master’s Degrees

The M.P.H. degree is oriented toward the development of a broad background in Public Health and the preparation for professional practice. The M.S.P.H. degree also prepares students for a professional career but, in addition, it permits the detailed study of the scientific basis of the student’s area of concentration.

M.S.P.H. students obtain valuable research skills through their thesis work. M.P.H. students complete a supervised internship (Public Health practice project) in lieu of a thesis.

M.S.P.H. students obtain valuable research skills through their thesis work. M.P.H. students complete a supervised internship (Public Health practice project) in lieu of a thesis.

The M.P.H. degree requires 42 semester credit hours and the M.S.P.H. degree requires 41 semester credit hours. The M.S.P.H. is not equivalent to the generalist, practice-oriented degree of M.P.H., but is a more individualized program of study emphasizing the scientific base of public health and problem-solving research in the environmental health sciences. Persons participating in the M.S.P.H. program are encouraged to complete one or more internships as a cooperative venture with industry and/or government.

The M.S. degree in the Environmental Health Sciences is an academic research degree which may be individually tailored to the individual and job market needs. The M.S. degree combines real world problem solving and research skills with other technical, health, and related skills in order to help graduates function as effective environmental health researchers in the public or private sectors. The M.S. in the Environmental Health Sciences requires a minimum of 36 graduate hours with at least 18 hours in the ENHS major, at least 12 hours of electives related to quantitative and technical skills selected by the student in consultation with their graduate advisor, and the successful completion of a research thesis in the major (6 hours).

Curriculum Requirements Specific to Each Program Track

Doctoral Degree

All doctoral students complete a curriculum which emphasizes professional development, scientific competence, and research skills.

The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 45 semester hours of course work and dissertation research beyond the master’s level including 12 credit hours of dissertation research. A student may be admitted without a master’s degree with the approval of the faculty in the student’s area of emphasis. Those students entering without a master’s degree will be required to take additional course work. Those students entering with a degree other than in public health are expected to take the core courses required for the M.S.P.H. degree or their equivalent. The remainder of the semester hours to be completed for the Ph.D. will consist of graduate courses and dissertation research credit selected through consultation with the doctoral advisory committee. These courses must include the required courses for the M.S.P.H. in the student’s area of advanced study and research.

To achieve the status of a doctoral candidate, the student must pass a qualifying examination following the first year of study. Upon completion of all course requirements, the student must pass an oral and written comprehensive examination covering the area of advanced study and research and the dissertation research.

Each student must prepare and defend a dissertation representing significant research in the area of advanced study and research.

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