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 across the five programs must take the following grounding core courses in each of the five disciplines for a foundational knowledge of public health.

  • EPID 6210: Principles of Epidemiology – 3 Credits
  • BIOS 6100: Biostatistics I & Lab* – 3 Credit
  • ENHS 6238: Principles of Environmental Health – 3 Credit
  • BCHS 6212: Behavioral Science Theories in Public Health Practice – 3 Credit
  • HPSM 6268: Health Services Administration and Management – 3 Credit
  • PUBH 6150: Foundations and Ethics in Public Health Ethics – 3 Credit
  • PUBH 6216: Biologic Basis of Health (for non-health background students) – 3 Credit
*BIOS 6220: Principles of Applied Statistics for BIOS program students

Total 20 Credit Hours


Concentration Requirements

Total 19 Credit Hours


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 on  PUBH 6800 Practice Experience.

Total 3 Credit Hours


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.

Total 3 Credit Hours