programs and degrees


Master of Science in Public Health

Program Director

Nirbhay Kumar


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. Students graduating with the MSPH degree generally seek management or research positions in public health, biomedical sciences or related fields at academic institutions, governmental agencies, health care organizations, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, or non-profit corporations. The MSPH degree is also designed for students who enter the program with the intention of pursuing doctoral degrees such as an MD or PhD. 


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 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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