Curriculum and Competencies

One Degree, Three Concentrations

How Long Will It Take to Complete?

You can complete the M.P.H. degree at DMU in as little as two years. Students earn 46 total credit hours that include six hours of electives, an Applied Practice Experience (APE) and an Integrative Learning Experience (ILE).

Curriculum Overview and Outline  |  Course Descriptions

Foundational Competencies

The DMU M.P.H. program adheres to the foundational M.P.H. competencies as specified by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).  The required public health core courses for all M.P.H. concentrations will give students didactic preparation and applied assessments to allow attainment of the following competencies.

View the full list of foundational M.P.H. competencies.

Applied Practice Experience

Learn public health by practicing public health! M.P.H. degree candidates complete a 180-hour internship in a public health setting to expand their knowledge of pertinent public health issues and support their academic and career goals. Students develop and complete a portfolio at their internship’s conclusion, which includes a final self-evaluation of achievement in the professional competencies. It also challenges the student to provide evidence to support a personal evaluation. By the end of the program, students have a clear picture of their accomplishments. This reinforces the importance of self-evaluation using the perspectives of others and the ability to use this process to pursue lifelong learning.

Integrative Learning Experience

This culminating experience allows students to use knowledge gained from their degree program experiences. Students choose projects that let them demonstrate their understanding of theory and principles learned in course work and apply them in a professional practice situation. Faculty use the capstone to evaluate whether the student has mastered the program’s competencies.

M.P.H. students also can tailor their internships and capstone projects on topics relating to international public health or global health initiatives in the United States. DMU students pursuing the M.P.H. degree only and those pursuing dual degrees in the University’s clinical programs have had internships abroad and with international health entities including the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Are you an organization with a public health learning experience opportunity?

We'd love to hear about it! DMU is looking for community-based learning experiences that take approximately 120-180 hours to complete, result in work products that are useful to your organization, and allow students to gain real-world experience while meeting educational learning objectives.

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