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Program Curriculum

The KU-MPH program has concentrations in  Epidemiology  and  Public Health Practice . The table below lists the core and program required courses (21 credit hours), the concentration courses (15 credit hours), Public Health Internship (3 credit hours) and Public Health Capstone (3 credit hours.)

Core and Program Required Courses Credits
PRVM 800 Epidemiology 3
PRVM 804 Community Health Assessment, Intervention and Advocacy 3
PRVM 827 Public Health Administration 3
PRVM 830 Environmental Health 3
PRVM 861 Leadership in Public Health 3
PRVM 875 Management of Public Health Data 3
PRVM 877 Health Communication 3
Epidemiology Public Health Practice
BIOS 714 Fundamentals of Biostatistics I PRVM 828 Designing Public Health Interventions 3
BIOS 715 Introduction to Data Management using RedCap and SAS PRVM 835 Evaluation Methods in Public Health 3
PRVM 841 Advanced Epidemiology I: Methods in Cross-Sectional and Case-Control Studies PRVM 845 Health, Society, and Culture 3
PRVM 842 Advanced Epidemiology II: Methods in Longitudinal Studies PRVM 851 Public Health Policy and Law 3

PRVM 813 Chronic Disease Epidemiology OR

PRVM 815 Infectious Disease Epidemiology

PRVM 879 Budgeting and Human Resource Management 3
PRVM 891 Public Health Internship 3
PRVM 893 Public Health Capstone 3
Total 42

The 42-credit-hour degree program culminates with an internship and a capstone experience. The curriculum assists students to attain fundamental public health knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviors. The KU-MPH program provides opportunities for students to master 22 core competencies in addition to concentration-specific competencies. 

Public Health Internship

The KU-MPH internship is a 192 hour service-learning experience in a community setting (12 hours/week for the 16 week semester) during PRVM 891 Public Health Internship.  The internship is designed to enhance and extend the student's academic experience through the application of public health concepts and skills in a supervised field experience. The internship will provide the student with an opportunity to engage in actual public health practice through an individualized experience with a host organization or a community-focused enterprise.

The goals of the internship are:

  1. To broaden and hone student proficiency in a specified area of public health practice through a meaningful field experience.
  2. To demonstrate integration of knowledge and a deeper understanding of public health practice through the completion of learning objectives/goals and activities that are mutually agreed upon by the student, site mentor, and MPH program office prior to initiation of the internship.
  3. To expose the student to the expertise and leadership of a public health professional, as embodied by the site mentor.

Placement Sites

The Departments of Population Health in Kansas City and Wichita have memoranda of understanding with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, several local health departments in the region, and other public health organizations.  These agencies will serve as placement sites for MPH students.

Public Health Capstone

The KU-MPH capstone is a 192 hour culminating experience that requires students to synthesize and integrate knowledge and/or apply theories and principles learned to and area of public health.  The capstone is meant to be completed at the end of the student's degree program and is designed to give the student an opportunity to apply skills to a variety of problems or issues in public health.

Each capstone will differ by concentration.  It is up to the student's capstone committee to determine which projects are suitable for the concentration.  Students are encouraged to be creative in proposing capstones, especially if the proposed product would meet a need in the community or the setting in which the student completed his/her internship.

The goals of the capstone are:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to synthesize and integrate knowledge and/or apply theories and principles learned across the MPH curriculum, particularly in the student's concentration, to an area of public health.
  2. Submit a written report describing activities and outcomes to the capstone committee.
  3.  Complete an oral defense.
School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Population Health
Mail Stop 1008
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Fax: 913-588-2780