Master of Public Health (MPH)

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a professional degree for individuals who want to practice in a public health setting. It requires a minimum of 45 credit hours, including a practice experience and a culminating experience. Most full-time students generally complete the requirements in two years.


Core Courses

All MPH students must take the following core courses in each of the five disciplines for a basic grounding in the fundamentals of public health.

  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics I (with lab)
  • Principles of Environmental Health
  • Behavioral Science Theories in Public Health Practice
  • Health Services Administration and Management
  • Foundations for Public Health Ethics
  • Biologic Basis of Health (for non-health professional students)

Concentration Requirements


Practice Experience

The MPH Practice Experience is a project or activity that immerses the student in one of more aspects of public health operations under the guidance of a preceptor. This fieldwork may include, but is not limited to: community education, health promotion, program planning, program organization or management and/or grant writing. It does not include the performance of a purely clinical or clerical activity. Click here for more information.


Culminating Experience

All professional degree programs shall assure that each student demonstrates skills and integration of knowledge through a culminating experience. The student is required to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspects of professional practice.  At LSUHSC-SPH, this requirement is fulfilled by PUBH 6600.  This course is a case study and issue-based course that is taught in the spring semester with interdisciplinary teams of students and faculty.