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University of Nevada, Reno    
  Jan 18, 2018

Master of Public Health, M.P.H.

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The School of Community Health Sciences offers a graduate degree program leading to a master of public health (M.P.H.). Emphases and a combined MSN/MPH and MD/MPH degrees are currently offered. The emphases are: epidemiology, and social/behavioral health. Students are admitted to the master in public health degree program on a competitive basis. They must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university to be accepted to the graduate program. No specific undergraduate major is required, but in order to be accepted in full standing to the graduate program, the applicant should demonstrate evidence of course-work in health-related disciplines and/or health-related professional experience. Examples include courses in anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, health care ethics, exercise physiology, health communication, health policy, gerontology, kinesiology, nutrition, physical education, and recreation. Given the transdisciplinary nature of the program, students are encouraged to make their best case for the relevance of the undergraduate work they would like to be considered as meeting the above requirement. Students who do not have the necessary background may make up the deficiency by enrolling as undeclared (graduate special) students prior to their entrance into the program.

Additional requirements for admission:

  1. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale).
  2. All applicants are required to take undergraduate courses in statistics.
  3. All applicants are required to complete a standardized exam such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Medicine (MCAT), Law (LSAT), Dentistry (DAT), or Business (GMAT), unless they have an MD, PhD, or other terminal degree as part of their scholastic records.
  4. International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 250 on the new scale (600 on the old scale).
  5. International students who are admitted to the program may be required to complete additional courses from the Intensive English Language program upon enrollment.
  6. Applicants must submit official copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  7. Three letters of recommendation from former instructors or employers indicating the student’s capability to do graduate work in public health must be submitted with the application materials.
  8. Completion of the admission essay required the semester of application.
  9. Applicants must submit a statement of purpose outlining their desire to undertake graduate study in public health, their research interests, and their career objectives.

The goal of the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program is to prepare students to be effective public health professionals. Public health professionals work in a variety of organizations and agencies to contribute to the common aim of promoting and protecting health in human populations. The M.P.H. degree is a 45 credit minimum program that includes a core curriculum of 18 credits in research methods, biostatistics, social/behavioral health, epidemiology, environmental health, and health administration. In addition, all M.P.H. students must complete a 6-credit practicum and 3 credits in a M.P.H. capstone course. Students must also complete all required courses and a minimum of 6 credits of electives in their chosen concentration. For the master’s program, classes are offered during the day, in the evening, and through alternative scheduling formats to accommodate full-time students and working professionals.

B. Culminating Experience (3 units)

C. Practicum Requirement (6 units)


The curriculum includes a practicum, CHS 694  (6 units) and other required and elective courses elsewhere. The practicum is an important element of the M.P.H. curriculum through which the student obtains experience in a practice setting appropriate to the development of professional practice skills. In addition, students who have not completed a course in disease processes, pathophysiology, or a related course must complete CHS 200 - Introduction to Public Health Biology  (credits for this course do not count toward a graduate degree) or test out of the course.

Emphasis–18 units minimum

Choose one of the following emphases:

Epidemiology Emphasis (18 units)

The epidemiology emphasis is designed for students seeking to acquire skills in the fundamental methods of disease investigation and prevention in large populations.  Courses emphasize basic and advanced epidemiologic principles and their application to current problems in public health and related appropriate methods to plan, implement, and conduct epidemiologic research. Students are also expected to critically evaluate research methodology to assess validity and potential sources of bias. Skills in computer use and statistics acquired in the public health program are used to analyze, interpret, and disseminate the results of epidemiologic investigations.

Social and Behavioral Health Emphasis (18 units)

Total Credits (45 units)

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