Master of Public Health
The Master of Public Health (M.P.H) is accredited by the National Council on Education for Public Health, is a professional degree program for individuals seeking training and experience in applied public health practice. Housed in the College of Health and Human Services at Western Kentucky University, we are the oldest MPH degree program in the state of Kentucky. Our faculty represents population-based health sciences across the university. The program is focused on preparing individuals for careers as practitioners of public health though employment in government, non-governmental agencies, academic institutions and advocacy organizations. We offer concentrations in Health Education and in Environmental Health and seek a balance between conveying what is known about conditions that place people at risk of injury or illness and what is done to assure the necessary conditions for good health are met, In doing so, we place high priority on evidence based practices and participatory student-faculty- preceptor experiences.
The curriculum requires completion of 14 courses or 42 credits, distributed among the core (six courses) addressing epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, public health administration, environmental health and program evaluation or research methods. Student also complete three to four courses in their chosen concentration and one to two elective courses. The student will also complete an individualized internship or practical experience and a capstone activity involving either a 6 credit thesis or 3 credit applied practical experience/project. For a full list of courses all Course Descriptions, go to http://www.wku.edu/publichealth/documents/graduate_ph_course_description.pdf
Matriculation requires commitment to a rigorous course of study, such that degree can be earned through two years of full time or four years of part time study, The curriculum is delivered by 10 primary faculty members and several secondary faculty from across the university. The program is tailored to both the needs of working professionals and students who wish to participate in full time study with classes offered in afternoon and evening sessions.
Students can graduate with less than required 42 credits through transfer credits. Individuals who have completed courses outside the MPH program (e.g, courses completed at another institution) may request transfer up to 9 credits to our program with evidence of appropriateness of content, equivalence of requirements, minimum grades of B. Transfer credits are included in the student's official plan of study and counted towards the MPH degree.
Internship/ Practice Experience
All students must complete a 3-credit, semester long, practice-based experience during their second year of study. The internship is one of the several opportunities to demonstrate the public heath competencies gained through the academic experience.
All students are required to complete a capstone project. Students may opt for a 6 -credit thesis exemplifying scholarship of discovery (e.g answering questions) or a 3 credit applied practice project demonstrating the scholarship of application (e.g addressing or resolving problems). The capstone should address a significant public health concern, pulse novel inquiry and/or initiative and demonstrate the student's mastery of one or more of the program competencies.
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For More Information, Contact :
Dr. Grace Lartey
Director, MPH Program
Academic Complex 129D
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