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Department of Public Health

Lloyd F. Novick, Director, 1709 W. 6th St, Hardy Building

The master of public health (MPH) requires 45 s.h., comprising 39 s.h. of course work, a major professional paper, and an internship for students without sufficient previous professional experience in public health. The program is delivered through the Department of Public Health, Brody School of Medicine. Admissions is through the ECU Graduate School.

The curriculum is divided among the following components: 24 s.h. in core required courses: interdisciplinary rural health diagnosis and planning, fundamentals of environmental health, public health practice, advanced public health practice, behavioral science and health education, research methods, epidemiology, and biostatistics; 6 s.h. in applications (field placement, professional paper); and 15 s.h. in required courses and electives in one of two specific concentrations: health education and promotion; or analysis and management. In addition to attaining basic public health competencies, MPH graduates must also attain concentration specific competencies. The field placement experience consists of 240 hours of service. The professional paper serves as a capstone, applied-learning experience. It will typically describe a public health action, intervention, or an increase in knowledge useful to public health practice that has resulted from the student’s internship experience, professional employment or research. For detailed information, see the Program Manual (

MPH Requirements

The master of public health requires a minimum of 45 s.h. as follows:

  1. Core required courses - 24 s.h.
    MPH 6000, MPH 6002, MPH/EHST 6010, MPH 6011, MPH/HLTH 6013, MPH 6020, MPH/NURS 6035, BIOS 7021
  2. Applications - 6 s.h.
    MPH 6903; MPH 6991 and 6992; or
    MPH 6904; MPH 6905; and MPH 6991 and 6992
  3. Concentrations/Electives - 15 s.h.
    Chosen in consultation with advisor for concentrations, areas of emphasis, or joint degree programs.

Concentration in Health Behavior

MPH 6027, 6600, and 6605 are required. 6 s.h. of electives are selected by the student in consultation with his or her concentration advisor.

Concentration in Public Health Analysis and Management

Any three may serve as concentration courses; any two may be electives. COHE 6100, 6300, 6310, 6600; HIMA 5060; MPH 6022, 6023, 6025, 6040, 6100, 6200; PADM 6160, 6161, 6162, 6400. 6 s.h. of electives are selected by the student in consultation with his or her concentration advisor.

Dual MD – MPH degree

The MPH degree requires 45 s.h. and can be completed by medical students by taking MPH course work during a leave of absence between the second and third year of medical school as well as during summer vacations. A leave of absence to pursue the MPH degree may be granted to students in the Brody School of Medicine who have been accepted into the MPH program, have completed Step I of the USMLE, and are in good standing in the medical school.

Certificate in Community Health Center Administration

In cooperation with the Department of Health Services and Information Management, students seeking the MPH and nondegree students may take 15 s.h. for completion of a certificate in community health center administration. Required courses are: COHE 6100, 6310, 6600; HIMA 5060; MPH 6200.

Admission priority is given to individuals enrolled in the MPH degree or another graduate degree related to community health center administration or who are employed in community health centers. Individuals outside these three groups and without significant work experience in a community health center are required to take COHE 6000, MPH 6000, or equivalent.

Admission and other requirements are available from the director of the certificate program in community health center administration in the Department of Public Health.

Certificate in Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities

The certificate in ethnic and rural health disparities prepares professionals to identify, analyze and develop culturally competent projects for specific ethnic and rural communities in the United States and global communities around the world. The certificate program requires 12 s.h. and is entirely online. MPH 6005, 6007, 6008, 6009 are required. A student may earn only 3 s.h. of credit per semester. Credit hours may transfer to MPH degree if accepted.