Public Health, Master of Public Health (152)


Program Coordinator

Marilyn M. Gardner,, (270) 745-5864

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a professional practice degree that prepares students for a wide range of health professions. The 42 credit-hour program, accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), is offered on WKU’s campus and in a fully online format. Beyond the required core courses, MPH students work in partnership with their advisor to select electives and tailor a program that meets their professional and academic goals related to public health. The MPH program is competency-based and focuses on applied and integrative learning.  Students are required to successfully complete and defend a capstone project, which could include a thesis, prior to graduation.

Program Admission

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or its equivalent
  2. Evidence of ability to perform at the graduate level
    1. cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 on 4.0 scale from a US accredited university
    2. cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a US accredited university and GRE minimums of 145 verbal, 148 quantitative, and 3.5 analytical writing score
    3. current enrollment in or graduation from an accredited US medical school or doctoral program
  3. Written personal statement
  4. Resume
  5. Two letters of academic or professional reference
  6. If applicable, test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) exam with a minimum score of 550 on the written TOEFL, or minimum score of 79 on the internet based TOEFL (iBT), or a minimum of 6.5 on the IELTS.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria set forth for regular admission may be admitted conditionally.  Additional materials may be requested.

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (42 hours)

Required Core
PH 520Biostatistics for Public Health3
or PH 620 Advanced Biostatistics
PH 575Program Planning in Public Health Practice3
PH 578Health Disparities3
PH 580Introduction to Public Health3
PH 581Applied Methods in Public Health Practice3
PH 582Epidemiology3
PH 583Public Health Administration3
PH 584Principles of Environmental Health3
PH 587Health Behavior3
PH 591Health Program Evaluation3
Advisor approved electives12
Total Hours42