Master of Public Health (MPH)

Community Health Sciences

Master of Public Health Degrees currently offered by the School of Community Health Sciences:

  • Master of Public Health (MPH) with emphasis in:
    • Biostatistics
      • Biostatistics is the branch of statistics responsible for proper interpretation of health sciences data. Biostatisticians use mathematical theory to work with study data to make valid inferences about associations and causations seen in the study population. Students will gain expertise in the public health data analysis and interpretation of results.
    • Epidemiology
      • Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease and other health-related outcomes at the population level. Epidemiologists plan and direct public health studies and surveillance activities to improve community health outcomes. Students will gain conceptual and practical tools necessary to conduct and evaluate public health research.
    • Health Administration and Policy
      • The Health Administration and Policy specialization prepares students for careers in public health leadership roles, focusing on health care systems management, finance, and policy and legislative implications for public health problems and population health. Students will learn how to manage public health programs, evaluate and inform public health policy, and conduct research that helps shape public health systems.
    • Social and Behavioral Health
      • Students in the Social and Behavioral Health specialization will learn about the social, psychological, and behavioral factors that impact population health. Students will gain expertise in survey and community-based participatory research, program evaluation and planning, and help students become effective researchers that help improve community health.
  • Dual Degrees
    • MD/MPH
    • MSN/MPH
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) Online Degree

The Public Health Practice specialization (online only) provides training in program development, grant writing, and evaluation, as well as administrative knowledge of budget and finance, health policy and law, and organizational behavior. Practical applications in the use of informatics and epidemiology in surveillance will enhance data use competencies. This specialization provides core public health knowledge as well as skills that are applicable in a variety of health settings and managerial support positions.

For detailed information about degree programs, courses, and policies please see the Master of Public Health Student Handbook.

For a brief overview of UNR the MPH programs offered, please see the MPH Recruitment Flyer.

Summary of Degree Requirements

  • The Master of Public Health degree requires a minimum of 45 credits: MPH core courses (18 credits), completion of an area of emphasis as listed above (12 credits), two elective courses (6 credits), and a culminating experience which includes an internship of 3 credits (equal to 270 hours) and the capstone course (3 credits).

MPH Graduate Special

  • For students not yet admitted into the Master of Public Health Program, you may start taking classes as a Graduate Special student. You will start taking classes to begin your Master of Public Health studies to see if it is a good fit for you. These courses will then apply to your program of study once you are admitted into the Master of Public Health program. Consult Graduate Director, Dr. Roy Oman, to ensure the proper course progression.

MPH Application Procedure and Requirements

  • Annual admissions deadline is April 15th (the UNR MPH Program only accepts new students once a year for Fall admission).
  • Are you an out of state student from the West? The WICHE program may allow you to be eligible for in-state tuition.