Through the pioneering Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the Brown School at Washington University, students gain the knowledge and skills to tackle some of society's most pressing health challenges — recognizing that complex problems require multifaceted solutions.
Our program, accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, is distinguished by its unique classes and course packages, outstanding research opportunities, and real-world learning experiences.
Brown School MPH Curriculum
Our two-year, 52-credit-hour degree, accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, provides students with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to take leadership in the field of public health.
This curriculum was designed to be different. We are relentlessly focused on understanding problems and creating solutions. We transcend the boundaries of academic disciplines, teaching students to think broadly about complex public health issues.
Learn more about our distinctive approach in the American Journal of Public Health (PDF).
The list below includes the required courses to build a student's course of study. Because of the variety of specializations offered with the MPH degree at the Brown School, the order in which students take their courses may vary.
|Foundations of Public Health (15 credit hours)|
|MPH 5001||Foundations of Public Health: Health Behavior and Health Promotion||3|
|MPH 5002||Foundations of Public Health: Epidemiology||3|
|MPH 5003||Foundations of Public Health: Biostatistics||3|
|MPH 5004||Foundations of Public Health: Health Administration and Policy||3|
|MPH 5005||Foundations of Public Health: Environmental Health||3|
|Research Methods (9 credit hours)|
|MPH 5000||Research Methods||3|
|MPH 5230||Applied Linear Modeling||3|
|MPH 5240||Planning, Implementation, & Evaluation Evidence-Based Programs & Interventions||3|
|Cross-Cutting Themes (1 credit hour)|
|MPH 5010||Cross-Cutting Themes in Public Health||1|
|Public Health Seminar (2 credit hours)|
|MPH 5910||Public Health Seminar I||1|
|MPH 5920||Public Health Seminar II||1|
|Practicum (3 credit hours)|
|MPH 5701||Practicum-MPH Program||3|
|Transdiciplinary Problem Solving in Public Health (6 credit hours)|
|Students choose two, 3-credit hour TPS courses to meet this requirement, which span a variety of topics.||6|
|Electives/Specialization (11 credit hours)*|
|Skill Labs (3 credit hours)|
|Skill Lab I||1|
|Skill Lab II||1|
|Skill Lab III||1|
|Culminating Experience (2 credit hours)|
|MPH 5905||Culminating Experience - CACE Prep Course||1|
|MPH 5906||Culminating Experience - CACE Exam||1|
*Students use elective credits in year one and two to earn a specialization or take other graduate course work. They can choose from a wealth of public health and social work electives, including up to two additional Skill Labs, or pursue relevant courses from other Washington University graduate programs.
Curriculum and required credit hours are subject to change.