Master of Public Health Program


Foundational Courses

(42 semester hours)

In order to meet the foundational competencies of the M.P.H. program, six required courses will be offered and must be completed by all students admitted to the program. 

Required Courses
Concentration Electives/Program Electives — 18 credit hours
Applied Practice Experience
Applied Project/Problem Paper
Total Credits: 42

Course descriptions are available in the 2018-2019 Academic Catalog.


The M.P.H. program offers two concentration areas of study: Health Promotion and Education and Population Health.

Health Promotion & Education Concentration


Students completing the health promotion and education concentration are trained to use social and behavioral science to study, develop, and evaluate interventions to promote health, prevent disease and injury, and reduce health inequalities. Graduates develop skills in the implementation of awareness, educational, environmental, and advocacy strategies tailored to populations and community context. Foundational and concentration coursework aligns to the seven areas of responsibilities of the health education specialists (NCHEC 2015), and graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

Required Courses

Students will meet the following competencies in the health promotion & education concentration:

  1. Create theoretically based social and behavioral change interventions.
  2. Demonstrate program implementation skills that include communication, teaching, collaboration, advocacy, and engaging the media.
  3. Create a health communications campaign.
  4. Monitor the implementation of health promotion programs and policies.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to conduct process, impact, and outcome evaluations of health promotion programs and policies.
  6. Critique behavioral and program evaluation research.

Population Health Concentration

image of people talkingStudents in the population health concentration have fewer course requirements allowing them the flexibility to choose public health courses based upon their interests and professsional goals. The population health concentration offers several programs of study to assist students who want to explore a variety of public health topic areas, focus on advanced methods, or ultimately work as public health practitioners.

Required Courses

Students will meet the following competencies in the population health concentration:

  1. Use evidence-based problem solving in the context of a particular population health challenge.
  2. Demonstrate application of an advanced quantitative or qualitative research methodology.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to contextualize and integrate knowledge of specific population health issues.
  4. Address diversity when evaluating population health issues related to improving population health, reducing disparities, or increasing equity.
  5. Analyze public health as part of larger inter-related systems of organizations that influence population health at the local, regional, national, and global levels.

Program of Study

Students will develop a program of study selecting electives to complete their program requirements. In addition to qualitative and quantitative courses, the program offers electives in several specialty areas — emergency preparedness, health promotion and education, global health and public health management. Students may take courses within other colleges/schools at Wright State with prior approval of the M.P.H. program director. Contact the M.P.H. program coordinator for more information.

In the majority of cases, electives a student plans to take as part of the M.P.H. degree can be applied to certificate programs offered by the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences (Division of Aerospace MedicineEpidemiologyGlobal Heath, Health Care Management, Public Health Emergency Preparedness or Public Health Leadership). Students must contact the certificate program assistant prior to taking the courses to apply for the certificate.

Applied Practice Experience & Integrative Learning Experience

culminating.jpgA major strength of the WSU M.P.H. program is in providing students with opportunities to apply learning directly within the community setting. The applied research component serves to ground students in "real world" public health applications, and provides service to the community. Each student will work with a faculty representative and a community preceptor. This will constitute the first component of applied learning.

The second component of the applied learning is the intensive culminating experience. Each student will work with his or her faculty advisor to develop an appropriate applied project. The applied project will include elements from the core courses as well as mastery of the concentration area of study. The student will have a primary program committee including an academic advisor, one additional university faculty member, and a field practicum representative. Program committee members will work closely with students in the development and completion of the project. The culminating experience has three primary components: a proposal, a written applied project paper and an oral presentation.

Last edited on 09/20/2018.