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Master of Public Health

Core Courses

As part of the degree requirements for the Bloomberg School MPH program, students must complete core coursework in the areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral determinants of health, management sciences, practice/problem-solving, environmental health, and biological sciences.

In addition to the required core curriculum, students will have ample opportunity to choose elective courses and complete a practicum as well as a capstone project. Core courses and elective courses must combine to total at least 80 credits.

To meet core curriculum requirements for the MPH degree at the Bloomberg School, students must receive a letter grade of 'C' or better in at least one of the courses that is listed under each category below.

Please see the course catalog for course descriptions and times.

BIOSTATISTICS (choose one series)






Provides conceptual understanding of statistical ideas and methods; limited calculations:
140.611-612Statistical Reasoning in Public Health I-II6SI, 1st/2nd1st/2nd
Covers statistical concepts and calculations for data analysis; develops statistical computing skills:
140.621-623Statistical Methods in Public Health I-III121st/2nd/3rdNo
Presents statistical methods for advanced students. Requires knowledge of calculus/linear algebra:
140.651-654Methods in Biostatistics I-IV161st/2nd/3rd /4thNo

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (180.601 required)

180.601Environmental Health5Summer, SI3rd

EPIDEMIOLOGY (choose one)

340.601Principles of Epidemiology5SI, SummerNo
340.721Epidemiologic Inference I51st3rd 

MANAGEMENT SCIENCES (choose at least one)

182.623Occupational Safety and Health Management33rd2nd
221.602Applications in Managing Health Organizations in Low and Middle Income Countries31stNo
221.722Quality Assurance Management Methods for Developing Countries41st1st
305.607Public Health Practice42nd4th
312.601Fundamentals of Management for Health Care Organizations51stNo
380.681Strategic Leadership Principles and Tools for Health System Transformation in Developing Countries42ndNo
551.601Managing Health Service Organizations4No3rd
551.603Fundamentals of Budgeting and Financial Management3SI, 2nd1st, 3rd
551.607Pharmaceuticals Management for Under-Served Populations33rdNo
551.608Managing NGOs in the Health Sector33rdNo


300.610Public Health Policy4SummerNo
550.608Problem Solving in Public Health4SI, FI, WINo


PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE (complete before beginning practicum)

300.615The Tools of Public Health Practice & Decision-Making1NoSummer, 3rd

PUBLIC HEALTH BIOLOGY (choose at least one)

Appropriate for all students. Provides a broad introduction to public health biology:
183.631Fundamentals of Human Physiology42nd4th
260.636Evolution of Infectious Disease31stNo
550.630Public Health Biology31stSummer, 4th
For students possessing considerable breadth of biological competence, subject to concurrence of the advisor:
120.603Molecular Biology of Pandemic Influenza32ndNo
120.620Fundamentals of Reproductive Biology31st2nd
120.621Molecular Endocrinology43rdNo
120.627Stem Cells & the Biology of Aging & Disease32ndNo
182.640Food- and Water- Borne Diseases33rdSI
187.610Public Health Toxicology41st, SI2nd
222.641Principles of Human Nutrition41stNo
223.689Biological Basis of Vaccine Development34thNo
260.606Major Global Infectious Diseases: Prospects for Control2WINo
260.631Immunology, Infection, & Disease32ndNo
260.635Biology of Parasitism43rdNo
260.650Vector Biology & Vector-borne Diseases33rdNo
260.652Principles of Public Health Ecology (not offered in 2013-14)4NoNo
340.612Epidemiologic Basis for Tuberculosis Control2SI, 3rd1st
340.646Epidemiology & Public Health Impact of HIV & AIDS41st2nd
340.654Epidemiology & Natural History of Human Viral Infections63rd1st
340.744Advanced Topics on Control & Prevention of HIV/AIDS42nd3rd
380.761STI's in Public Health Practice43rd4th


221.688Social and Behavioral Foundations of Primary Health Care4NoSummer, 3rd
224.689Health Behavior Change at the Individual, Household, and Community Levels42ndNo
330.661Social, Psychological, and Developmental Processes in the Etiology of Mental Disorders33rd3rd
380.604Life Course Perspectives on Health41st1st
400.600Fundamentals of Health, Behavior & Society41stNo
410.613Psychosocial Factors in Health and Illness33rdNo
410.614A New View: Improving Public Health through Innovative Social and Behavioral Tools and Approaches4SINo
410.616Social & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health4SINo
410.620Program Planning for Health Behavior Change31st, WI4th
410.650Introduction to Persuasive Communication: Theories & Practice42nd, WINo
410.651Health Literacy: Challenges and Strategies for Effective Communication33rdNo
NR110.589Human Development across the Lifespan (for MSN/MPH students only)2-3SON Spring SemesterSON Fall Semester

Abbreviation Key

SI = Offered in the Summer Institute
WI = Offered in the Winter Intersession
No = Not offered in this format