The College of Public Health offers both professional and graduate degrees, as well as several certificates.
Professional degrees, the Master of Public Health (MPH) and the Master of Health Administration (MHA), are considered practice degrees. The intent of the public health professional degree programs is to academically train public health professional practitioners to enter and eventually lead the public health workforce. Professional degrees at the master’s level incorporate a practicum experience (MPH) or an internship (MHA), giving the professional student the opportunity to gain work experience in the chosen field of concentration.
Graduate public health degrees, the Master of Science (MS) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees are considered to be preparation for research. These degrees provide research experience and require a traditional thesis for the master’s degree and dissertation for the doctoral degree.