programs and degrees


Master of Science in Public Health


Program Director

Mark Wiser, Ph.D.


Mission Statement

The mission of the MSPH program is to provide students with advanced training in parasitology and tropical infectious diseases in the context of public health.

Program Description

The Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) program provides advanced training in parasitology and infectious diseases in the context of public health and tropical medicine for non-physicians. Many students who enter the MSPH program in tropical medicine and parasitology do so with the intention of working toward an advanced degree (eg., MD or PhD) at a later time. The MSPH program provides a solid background for students who would like to work for advanced degrees in medicine, parasitology, microbiology, or other public health-related programs in infectious diseases, as well as biomedical sciences in general. Students who use the MSPH as a terminal degree generally seek management or research positions in public health, biomedical sciences or related fields at academic institutions, government agencies, health care organizations, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, or non-profit corporations.


Application Requirements

All applications seeking admission to a Master's or Doctoral program in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine must apply through SOPHAS, a centralized online application for schools of public health across the United States. Before applying, please be sure to read through the SOPHAS FAQ page regarding the application process and timeline. For more information, please visit the SPHTM Admissions page.


Admissions Requirements

  • Transcripts for all Universities attended
  • Written evaluation from three references who have had sufficient contact with the applicant to judge his/her personal qualities and ability to work with others or independently
  • Personal statement describing interest in the MSPH program and future career goals
  • Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for applicants from non-English speaking nations with a minimum score of 570 on the paper-based test, 230 on the computer based test, or 88 on the internet-based test. (Send to SOPHAS)

  • GRE or MCAT scores


Program Competencies

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 42 credits of coursework (45 credits for students without a background in bio-medical sciences) is required for the degree. Because of scheduling and sequencing of courses, entry in the Summer or Fall Semester is encouraged, but enrollment is open throughout the year. Degree requirements include: public health core courses; program specialty courses; elective courses (including independent study); a practicum; and a culminating experience

Information on the Practicum and Culminating Experience options is available on the Academics Policies and Guidelines page of the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine website.


MSPH Degree Program Guide

SPHTM Required Courses


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