Masters of Science in Public Health and the Certificate in Public Health Program
All enrollees in the NRSA fellowship are expected to enter the Masters of Public Health (MPH) Program, unless they already possess that degree or its equivalent. The MPH Program, administered by the Colorado School of Public Health, consists of advanced training in population epidemiology, clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, and health services. Forty-four credit hours of required and elective course work is necessary, along with six hours toward the completion of an independent research project resulting in a publishable paper, a substitute for the traditional master's thesis. Core faculty in the Section of General Academic Pediatrics are involved with the teaching of many courses in the MPH Program. The Faculty Development Fellows complete course work for a Certificate in Public Health, rather than a full MPH. The certificate requires completion of all the core courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, and introductory courses in public health and is a total of 18 hours of coursework. All fellows participate in "mini-courses" in medical writing, grant writing, secondary dataset analysis, and critical review of literature.