MPH Degree Requirements


42 Total Credits - 15 Total Courses
6 Core Courses 5 Concentration Courses 2 Experiential Learning Courses 1 Elective Course Professional Development in Public Health Seminar

2021-2022 MPH Curriculum Guide

The core courses are required for all MPH students. These are typically taken in the first year of study. After completion of the six core classes, students are eligible to complete the practicum experience. The practicum experience is a 200-hour internship at a community site. In the second academic year, concentration and elective coursework is completed. Students choose to complete either 15-credits (5 courses) in the biostatistics Concentration or the Family and Community Health Concentration. They finish the degree program with an elective course from an approved list and a culminating project. The culminating project and practicum experience form the 2 experiential learning courses.  

Students also enroll in the 0-credit Professional Development in Public Health Seminar each term.   

MPH Student Manual for Residential 

Program Competencies 


CORE MPH COURSES (Required for all MPH Students) 

The MPH program at Purdue trains students in the five core disciplines of public health; biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, health administration and environmental health. These courses provide students a well-rounded foundation to tackle any community-health crisis. During the biostatistics course, students engage in data analysis through a public health project. This prepares them to evaluate public health programs and to pursue the biostatistics concentration. This is an introductory course and developed for students from all backgrounds. Students develop a foundation in human health behavior and decision-making during the Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior course. During epidemiology, students learn techniques in disease investigation of infectious diseases as well as social and environmental causes of chronic health issues. Environmental health introduces students to a wide array of toxicological, food and water safety, climate change and air quality issues. Students also explore environmental justice problems facing many communities.   

Students also complete a sixth core course titled design and analysis of public health interventions. Student groups are paired with a community partner to carry out an intervention from start to finish. During this process, students pull together all the skills and knowledge learned in the other core courses to create an intervention that is grounded in the public health sciences. By working directly with a community group, students hone their interprofessional communication and networking skills.

 Core Courses

PUBH 601 Introduction to Quantitative Methods of Public Health (Every Fall) 3
PUBH 602 Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior
(Every Fall)
HSCI 547 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
(Every Fall)
PUBH 604 Public Health Administration
(Every Spring)
HSCI 575 Introduction to Environmental Health
(Every Spring)
PUBH 606 Design and Analysis of Public Health Interventions (Every Spring) 3



The health and well-being of individuals depends heavily on the families and communities in which they live. The makeup of the family unit continues to evolve — single parenthood is rising, gender roles are transforming and recognition of same-sex couples is growing.

Meanwhile, racial and economic disparities are challenging governments, health systems, schools, and other institutions that serve our communities. These changes and the challenges they entail present opportunities to address important population health issues.

Students pursuing the Family and Community Health Sciences concentration will gain an understanding of the dynamics of these institutions and settings, approaches to assess them, methods to promote health, and skills to evaluate programs.


Students can choose to pursue Family and Community Health or the Biostatistics concentration in their second year. Fifteen credits are chosen from an approved list. Students are required to take PUBH 547 Public Health and Program Evaluation where they work in groups to complete a community-based program evaluation project. Students learn different methods of evaluation and further develop their professional skills in an applied setting. In addition, students learn causes and strategies for addressing health disparities through Foundations in Global Health and/or Introduction to Health Equity. In the spring term, students develop health communication skills through the Health Counseling course and complete a course focused on family and child health with the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. To complete the concentration, students choose a selective from the Family and Community Health concentration course list or engage in faculty-led research in an area that aligns with their career goals. 

Family and Community Health Concentration Courses  



Advances in data acquisition and storage have led to the availability of vast quantities of data. These data can provide the basis for sound decision-making and policy development, but this requires knowledge in the theory and practice of statistical analyses. Further, there is increasing demand for professionals equipped to manage and interpret large databases and to advance information technology. 

In addition to supporting a Statistical Bioinformatics Center, Purdue faculty contribute expertise to projects at many centers on campus including the Bindley Bioscience CenterCenter for the EnvironmentDiscovery Learning Research Center and Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering. Such venues provide strong training opportunities to students interested in applied statistical decision-making to promote population health.


Students can choose to pursue Family and Community Health or the Biostatistics concentration in their second year. Fifteen credits are chosen from an approved list. All students pursuing training in statistics will complete four required courses. These courses provide advanced training in the areas of regression, statistical programming and data management, evaluation techniques and randomized trials. Students complete their concentration training through faculty-led research or by choosing from an approved selectives list that includes additional training options in Geographic Information Systems, epidemiology and statistics.  

Biostatistics Concentration Courses 



All MPH students complete six credits of experiential learning. This includes a 3-credit practicum course and a 3-credit culminating project. The practicum is designed as a 2-hour internship where students gain hands-on experience in a community-setting under the mentorship of an organization. Guidance is provided to each student on selecting a practicum site that best aligns with their career goals and interests. The culminating project is the MPH capstone experience. Through this course, students work independently under the mentorship of a faculty member and with a community-partner to develop a solution to a community problem. After completion of a grant-writing workshop, the student presents the community-partner with a grant that can be submitted for funding. For additional information on the experiential-learning courses, click here.

 Experiential Learning Courses

PUBH 607 Public Health Practicum 3
PUBH 608 Culminating Project 3