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Colorado School of Public Health
Master of Public Health

Master of Public Health

The Colorado School of Public Health offers the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program at all three of our collaborating institutional campuses.  Each campus offers different areas of study based on the academic and research expertise of the institution.  By offering a variety of programs, students can pick a campus and area of study that best fits their unique academic and career interests.  

The 42-45 credit hour MPH program is designed to be completed in two years, depending upon a student's course selection; taking no more than 15 credits per semester and lasting no more than 5 years.  In addition, each MPH concentration includes a practicum and capstone as part of the school's practice-based learning curriculum.  

Master of Public Health


Pursuing a master of public health enables you to approach complex issues from a population perspective, using evidence-based solutions to improve health outcomes for communities and individuals. By choosing the Colorado School of Public Health Master of Public Health (MPH) program, you gain this comprehensive public health training, but also can choose to specialize in the following areas of study:  


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Program highlights and options

Students interested in Peace Corps service may pursue the Master of Public Health program at Colorado State University in coordination with the CSU Master's International program.  Learn more

Students interested in a joint degree can select from additional programs at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus or Colorado State University. Learn more

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Program Curriculum

Download the Master of Public Health program competencies (PDF)

General MPH curriculum provides all students a foundational understanding of the five core disciplines of public health as well as extensive practice-based learning opportunities. However students are directed to visit their specific concentration or focus area as requirements may vary slightly across concentrations. Equivalent course numbers are listed for approved public health courses offered at CSU and UNC.

Course Requirement Course # or Equivalent Credit Hours Required Suggested Year​
Applied Biostatistics

BIOS 6601
CSU: VSCS 6620
UNC: SRMS 6170

3 1​

EPID 6630
CSU: ERHS 5320
UNC: CHBH 6200

3 ​1
Intro. to Environmental and Occupational Health

EHOH 6614
CSU: ERHS 5200


Social and Behavioral Factors and Health​

CBHS 6610
CSU: HESC 5560
UNC: CHBH 5090​

​3 ​1
​Health Systems, Management and Policy

​HSMP 6603
UNC: CHBH 6350

​3 ​2
​Foundations in Public Health

​PUBH 6600
CSU: PSYC 5161/5162

​2 ​1

​PUBH 6606
CSU: PSCY 6860
UNC: CHBH 6930

​2 ​2
​MPH Capstone Project

​PUBH 6955
CSU: ERHS 6980
UNC: CHBH 6860

​2 ​2
​Concentration Requirements ​varies 12​ ​1-2
​Elective Courses ​varies ​9 ​1-2
Total Program ​min. 42*

 *Certain programs will require additional courses beyond the core and minimum listed above. Check your specific concentration for complete course requirements.

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Practice-Based Learning

Managed by the Center for Public Health Practice, practice-based learning combines the current and innovative educational curriculum of the school's academic degree programs with real world experiences. Colorado School of Public Health students apply classroom lessons in the context of solving the current public health issues facing our communities. Throughout the program, students network with potential employers, develop essential career-building skills, and start the process of life-long learning and professional development. Learn more.

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The master of public health program provides students with the professional training necessary to enter the public health or health care professions. Many students pursue career options based on their practicum experience, but others elect to pursue new opportunities. Program alumni currently work in locations such as the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, World Health Organization, United States Navy, prominent U.S. research institutions, and a variety of local health and national agencies. Current employment opportunities are listed through the school's online job board.

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