MPH Common Core

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program provides students with the rigorous academic skills, practical experience and multidisciplinary studies that will enable them to meet the public health challenges of the 21st century.

All MPH degree students (except those in the COPHP program) take six courses as a cohort in the first year of study. These courses address foundational competencies required for the degree. Students will also complete required courses as defined by their area of interest.

The MPH Core Program Team includes a Director, Program Manager, and instructor teams for each of the courses.

India Ornelas

India J. Ornelas, PhD, MPH
MPH Core Program Director


Olivia va Brunt photo 2020

Olivia van Brunt, RD, MPH
MPH Core Program Manager

Instructor teams from different disciplines will use student-centered learning strategies, with compelling case studies and engaging pedagogy. Across the core curriculum, students will focus on ethics and equity issues; global and local perspectives; communication, systems thinking, leadership and collaborative skills; and the evidence-to-action-and-back cycle.

The new MPH Common Core courses are listed in the following table. Please note, there are two track options for Autumn Quarter. 

  • NUTR students must take Track Option A (PHI 512)
  • EPI students must take Track Option B (BIOST 511/EPI 512)
  • All other in-residence MPH students may choose which option to take 
 QuarterNumberTitleCourse ScheduleCredits
 AutumnPHI 511Foundations of Public HealthLecture M/W 11:30-12:50PM3
Option APHI 512Analytic Skills for Public Health ILecture MWF 10:00AM-11:20AM, Lab F 12:30PM-2:50 PM7
Option BBIOST 511
EPI 512
Medical Biometry I
Epidemiologic Methods I
Check course catalog for offerings.
Check course catalog for offerings.
 WinterPHI 513Analytic Skills for Public Health IILecture M/W 11:30AM-12:50PM3
 PHI 514Determinants of HealthLecture T/Th 2:30PM-3:50PM3
 SpringPHI 515Implementing Public Health InterventionsLecture T/Th 10:30AM-12:20PM4
 PHI 516Public Health PracticeLecture M/W 1:00PM-2:20PM3
    Total: 23 credits

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