Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)


The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program is for individuals wishing to impact the world for Christ through the ministry of health. The degree can enhance the professional preparedness of a recent college graduate or the seasoned professional. Physicians, nurses, health educators, lawyers and social workers are among the many professionals who have benefited by augmenting their knowledge and skill base with an M.P.H. degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Determine population health status, needs, and resources using appropriate assessment and analytical methods.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate effective public health programs and policies to address identified population determinants of health.
  • Demonstrate effective written, oral, and electronic methods of communicating health information and advocating for health with diverse audiences.
  • Develop public health interventions that address disparities and inequalities in health access and health status in the context of culture, race, gender, and economics.
  • Engage community constituencies in collaborative relationships to develop and employ community capacity for health.
  • Describe the scientific basis for public health problems and apply public health solutions to address them.
  • Describe public health philosophy and organization, including infrastructure, funding, delivery, and fiscal and workforce management in the U.S. and globally.
  • Apply principles of public health leadership, including systems thinking, group process, social justice, and ethics.
  • Describe health from the perspective of God’s purposes for humanity in creation, fall, and redemption.

Epidemiology Concentration

  • The student will be able to identify data needs and evaluate analytic methods for calculating standard epidemiological measures.

Global Health Concentration

  • The student will be able to apply public health strategies in cross-cultural settings.

Health Promotion Concentration

  • The student will be able to apply Health Education best practices to public health.

Nutrition Concentration

  • The student will be able to apply best practices in human nutrition for diverse populations.

Course Requirements

The Master of Public Health is a 42-credit-hour program that offers four concentrations: Epidemiology, Global Health, Health Promotion, and Nutrition. Students complete 18 core hours in five disciplines: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences. These classes are combined with 24 credit hours in one of four concentrations: Epidemiology, Nutrition, Health Promotion, or Global Health.

Program Specific Admission Procedures

In addition to the general admission requirements, admission to the Master of Public Health program requires:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above (on a 4.00 scale)
  3. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper-based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

Students with a GPA between 2.5-2.99 may be admitted on Academic Caution status. Students who have an undergraduate below 2.50 GPA will not be admitted to the program.

The Master of Public Health program uses a gate system to monitor student progress during preparation for a career in public health. Upon admission to the Graduate School students will be advised to complete HLTH 501 Biostatistics (3 c.h.) as the first course in the MPH program. HLTH 500 Introduction to Public Health (3 c.h.) is required for students admitted for MPH program on cautionary status prior to taking HLTH 501 Biostatistics (3 c.h.). Students will be invited to apply for degree candidacy after successful completion of HLTH 501 Biostatistics (3 c.h.) with a grade of C or better. A total of 9 credit hours may be attempted prior to making application for candidacy. This gate is used to verify student desire and competencies to complete the MPH degree. Additional gates, including a cumulative competency exam and electronic portfolio, have been established to ensure all degree requirements are completed at the appropriate stage of student development.

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer up to 21 graduate credit hours from an accredited institution subject to department approval. In order to transfer credit, students must have earned the minimum grade of B-, and courses must have been completed within 10 years of the start date of the program. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

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