Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Public Health, Master of Public Health (MPH)

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program offers two specific concentrations: Health Promotion and Wellness and Environmental and Occupational Health. The MPH program is practitioner-based, and the curriculum is designed to meet the increasing demand in the Public Health workforce. We prepare students for 21st century careers in Public Health and address Public Health challenges of this generation such as obesity, infectious diseases, illicit drug abuse, environmental pollution associated-diseases, climate change, and occupational health and safety. The program provides students the opportunity to become more familiar with the roles of government agencies and other non-governmental organizations in shaping Public Health policies both in the United States and globally. 

The Master of Public Health program offers courses 100% online and requires 42 credits to complete it. Prospective students can transfer up to 12 credits into the MPH program; this is based on previously completed coursework and at the discretion of the Admissions committee. All MPH students are required to complete 30 core credits and 12 concentration-specific credits.  The Master of Public Health program is in the process of applying for accreditation through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). All candidates completing this program are eligible to sit for the Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) examination and the National Board of Public Health Examiners’ Certified Public Health (CPH) examination.

In the United States, between 2020 and 2030, the MPH-related occupations are projected to add about 118,449 jobs to the economy (EMSI). Within a 150-mile region around Slippery Rock University, between 2020 and 2030, MPH-related occupations are projected to grow by a total of 10% (EMSI). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Healthcare occupations and those related to healthcare are projected to account for 18 of the 30 fastest growing occupations.

Related Links

Public Health, MPH Program Page

Public Health Department Page

Public Health Fact Sheet

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

Required Core Courses
HLTH 604Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health and Wellness3
HLTH 605Health Services Administration3
HLTH 606Principles of Epidemiology3
HLTH 607Designing and Conducting Health Surveys3
HLTH 608Planning and Implementation of Public Health Strategies3
HLTH 609Practicum in Public Health3
HLTH 610Occupational and Environmental Health Science3
HLTH 627Public Health Culminating Experience3
HLTH 628Biostatistics for Public Health3
HLTH 631Foundations of Public Health3
Select one of the following:12
Total Hours42

Health Promotion and Wellness Concentration

HLTH 611Infectious and Chronic Disease3
HLTH 616Health and Wellness Coaching3
HLTH 617Health Marketing and Communication3
HLTH 618Program Evaluation3
Total Hours12

Environmental and Occupational Health Concentration

HLTH 623Foundations of Environmental and Occupational Toxicology3
HLTH 630Environmental and Occupational Exposure Monitoring Analysis Control3
HLTH 625Occupational and Environmental Health Management and Leadership3
HLTH 626Assessment and Communication of Occupational and Environmental Health Risk3
Total Hours12

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Major Code: 9MPH
Concentration Code: WELL, ENOH