Master of Public Health (MPH)
Rollins offers opportunities for earning an MPH in the following areas:
Explore the impacts of human behavior and the socio-cultural contexts on population health and health education with an MPH degree in behavioral sciences and health education.
The MPH degree in biostatistics is designed for students with strong quantitative skills and an interest in health sciences.
Students interested in studying the complex relationships between environmental factors and human health will find a fit in the MPH program in environmental health.
Students in Rollins’ global environmental health MPH program focus on issues that impact health in the world’s poorest societies.
The MPH in epidemiology provides students with the necessary tools to conceptualize a public health problem, design studies, collect data, analyze data, and interpret and report the results of studies.
The MPH in health policy is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of how federal, state, and local policies shape the U.S. health-care system.
The MPH in health care management is aimed toward students interested in building a leadership career for the delivery of health care services.
Rollins also offers a distance-based MPH for working professionals in the following areas: Applied epidemiology, applied public health informatics, and prevention science. Learn more about the Executive MPH program.
Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)
The MSPH degree provides students with an academic-oriented background in a specific field. Candidates often have a strong background in math and/or science and an interest in research-based careers.
The MSPH degree in epidemiology is a professional degree designed for students seeking to specialize exclusively in the science of epidemiology. The MSPH degree offers a more in-depth education in the analytic aspects of epidemiology.
The MSPH in global epidemiology is a joint program offered in collaboration by the Hubert Department of Global Health and the Department of Epidemiology. Students are trained in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and receive a more in-depth education in the analytic aspects of epidemiology.
Rollins' MSPH dual degree program in environmental health and epidemiology provides a strong foundation in analytical epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental and occupational health.
The MSPH program is designed for students with strong quantitative skills and an interest in research. It provides rigorous training in biostatistical methods and their applications, as well as coursework in epidemiology and core courses from other public health disciplines.
The MSPH program in public health informatics is aimed toward students with strong quantitative skills interested in statistical research.
The following courses are required of all MPH and MSPH students. Within each department, there are exceptions to these core courses.
|Course Number||Course Title||Credit Hours|
|BSHE 500||Behavioral Sciences in Public Health||2|
|Statistical Methods I
Statistical Methods I Lab
|EH 500||Perspectives in Environmental Health||2|
or EPI 530
|Fundamentals of Epidemiology
Epidemiologic Methods I
|HPM 500||Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System||2|
|GH 500||Critical Issues in Global Health||2|
All Rollins MPH and MSPH students are required to complete a 200-400 hour practicum. This practical experience is designed to enhance the student’s understanding and application of knowledge and research findings to public health settings by providing an opportunity to gain practical experience. Public health work environments include nonprofit organizations, hospitals, local health departments, and for-profit firms.
All MPH and MSPH students are required to complete a culminating experience in addition to the practicum.
A culminating experience requires students to integrate and apply the competencies they developed during the course of their study, practicum, and related field experiences. The culminating experience may take on different forms, including:
- Original research that tests a hypothesis generated by a public health problem
- Evaluating a program or intervention to promote health or determine the etiology of a problem
- Investigating and proposing a solution or way to improve a public health problem
- Describing an approach to solving a public health problem that they put into practice in the field and evaluate its impact.
Students receive semester hours of credit for the academic work required in the culminating experience; the number of semester hours varies by department.
All students produce a written product based on their culminating experience and make an oral or poster presentation. Depending on the departmental requirements, there is usually a written product is one of the three following types:
This is research that may be written in the form of a narrative with chapters or as a journal article. A faculty advisor and committee of faculty supervise the work.
This is an analysis of a public health problem and an intervention or strategy for improvement, description of attempt to improve a public health condition in the field and evaluation of this effort, or similar project. A faculty member who leads the capstone seminar supervises the project. Capstone seminars also bring in relevant curricula that pertain to the topics of focus for the capstone projects.
This project usually is initiated by an organization to serve its needs and results in a tangible, substantial product such as a curriculum, strategic plan, agency or program evaluation, or case book. A faculty member and a field preceptor supervise the student’s work.