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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 19 credits in core courses (including the culminating experience), 16 credits in program-specific courses, 4 credits in selective courses, and 6 credits in electives courses.

Core courses
PUBH 6000MPH Applied Practice Experience
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6009Fundamentals of Public Health Program Evaluation
PUBH 6011Environmental and Biological Foundations of Public Health
PUBH 6012Fundamentals of Health Policy
PUBH 6021Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership I
PUBH 6022Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership II
PUBH 6418Global Health Culminating Experience I
PUBH 6419Global Health Culminating Experience II
PUBH 6023Interprofessional Education Experience
Program-specific courses
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6447Global Health Policy Analysis
PUBH 6412Global Health Quantitative Research Methods
PUBH 6416Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research and Programs
or PUBH 6423 Ethics in Public Health Practice and Policy
PUBH 6417Cross-Cultural Approaches for Global Health Practice
PUBH 6441Global Health Organizations and Regulations
PUBH 6450Global Health Diplomacy
PUBH 6045National and Global Public Health Systems
PUBH 6047Systematic Reviews to Synthesize Evidence in Public Health Practice
Two courses, one from each of the following sets. Alternative courses may be taken with prior permission of the advisor.
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
or PUBH 6355 Comparative Health Policy
PUBH 6440Global Health Economics 1
or PUBH 6399 Topics in Health Policy
or PUBH 6466 Health Financing in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
(Note: PUBH 6399 counts toward this requirement only when taken in the topic Cost-Benefit Analysis in Healthcare.)
6 credits in elective courses. These may be taken from the list below or they may be other courses approved by the advisor.
ECON 6284Survey of International Macroeconomics and Finance Theory and Policy
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender, Disaster and Policy) 1
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Policy of Science, Technology and Development) 1
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Economic Policy (International Trade and Investment Policy) 1
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I 2
or IAFF 6503 Professional Skills II
ORSC 6224Persuasion and Negotiation
PMGT 6404Principled Political Leadership
PPPA 6056Regulatory Comment Clinic
PPPA 6062Community Development Policy and Management
PUBH 6262Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
PUBH 6410Global Health Study Design
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
PUBH 6436Global Health Program Management and Leadership
PUBH 6475Theory Building in Health Systems Research
PUBH 6480Public Health in Humanitarian Settings
PUBH 6482International Food and Nutrition Policy
PUBH 6486Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Infectious Diseases
PUBH 6492Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Chronic Diseases
PUBH 6575Communication Skills for Public Health Professionals

1For IAFF 6138, IAFF 6158, IAFF 6198, and PUBH 6399, only the specific topics listed above count toward program requirements.

2For IAFF 6502 and IAFF 6503 see the Milken Institute SPH program guide for preapproved topics.


MPH graduation requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 45 graduate credits.
  2. Course requirements: Successful completion of core and program-specific courses.
  3. Practicum Requirement: Students are required to fulfill all requirements of the Applied Practice Experience (Practicum) to receive credit for PUBH 6000 MPH Applied Practice Experience.
  4. Interprofessional Education Experience (IPE): Students are required to enroll and participate in an authorized IPE activity (PUBH 6023 Interprofessional Education Experience).
  5. Minimum grade-point requirement: minimum 3.0 (B) cumulative grade-point average.
  6. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within five years.
  7. Transfer credit policy: With approval, up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to any previous graduate degree may be transferred to the master of public health program. External credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last three years with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) in each course. Students in SPH graduate certificate programs can transfer as many credits earned toward the certificate to the MPH degree as meet MPH degree requirements, to a maximum of 18 credits.
  8. Graduate certificate students wishing to transfer to a degree program may apply to do so after completion of three or more courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 via the online change of concentration petition. A minimum grade of B is required for a specific course to be eligible for transfer.  
  9. CITI Training requirement: All students are required to complete training regarding human subject protection regulation and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
  10. Integrity Quiz and Plagiarism requirement: All students are required to review the George Washington University Code of Academic Integrity and take the SPH Academic Integrity Quiz at GWSPH Source. within their first semester of study.
  11. Professional Enhancement requirement: Students must participate in eight hours of public health-related lectures, seminars, and symposia, related to their field of study.