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


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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:

 Quarter Number Title Course Schedule Credits
 Autumn PHI 511 Foundations of Public Health Lecture M/W 11:30-12:50PM 3
  PHI 512 Analytic Skills for Public Health I Lecture MWF 10:00AM-11:20AM, Lab F 12:30PM-2:50 PM 7
 Winter PHI 513 Analytic Skills for Public Health II Lecture M/W 11:30AM-12:50PM 3
  PHI 514 Determinants of Health Lecture T/Th 2:30PM-3:50PM 3
 Spring PHI 515 Implementing Public Health Interventions Lecture T/Th 10:30AM-12:20PM 4
  PHI 516 Public Health Practice Lecture M/W 1:00PM-2:20PM 3
        Total: 23 credits

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Olivia van Brunt at