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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 15 credits in core courses, 12 credits in program-specific required core courses, and 10 credits in program-specific selectives, 6 credits in elective courses, and a 2-credit culminating experience.

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 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 6023Interprofessional Education Experience
Program-specific courses
PUBH 6500Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs
PUBH 6501Program Evaluation
PUBH 6550Maternal and Child Health I
PUBH 6551Maternal and Child Health II
Program-specific selective courses
10 credits in courses selected from the following. Students should consult with their academic advisor.
EXNS 6242Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle
HDEV 6109Child Development
PUBH 6235Epidemiology of Obesity
PUBH 6240Pediatric HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6262Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
PUBH 6269Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology
PUBH 6299Topics in Epidemiology (LGBTQ Health)
PUBH 6335Public Health and Law
PUBH 6359Reproductive Health Policy
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6452Social and Behavior Change Communication in Middle- to Low-Income Countries
PUBH 6455Global Vaccinology
PUBH 6481Global Mental Health
PUBH 6499Topics in Global Health (Structural Racism and Public Health)
PUBH 6503Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing
PUBH 6514Preventing Health Disparities
PUBH 6552Women's Health
PUBH 6553Adolescent Health
PUBH 6555Reproductive Health: U.S. and Global Perspectives
PUBH 6560School Health and Safety
PUBH 6561Maternal and Child Health Policy Analysis
PUBH 6562Physical Activity and Obesity Interventions: From the Individual to the Environment
PUBH 6563Global Child Health
PUBH 6620Designing Healthy Communities
PUBH 6853Use of Statistical Packages for Data Management and Data Analysis
6 credits in any graduate-level courses.
Culminating experience
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience *

*Planning for the practicum begins during year 1, the culminating experience is completed in year 2.

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.