Master of Public Health (MPH) with Concentration in Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Graduate Degree Program

The Master of Public Health Degree Program (MPH) was developed in response to the nation’s call to action for improved health opportunities for all, focusing on local, state, regional, and global needs. This MPH Program offers two concentrations areas of study (1) Epidemiology and (2) Environmental Health. Both concentrations prepare students to identify problems and propose solutions to various environmental conditions that affect the health of minority, rural, and disadvantaged populations at disproportionate rates and agricultural populations. Environmental linkages between high morbidity rates due to heart disease (i.e., hypertension and stroke), cancer, and diabetes in conjunction with Healthy People 2020 will be assessed. Adverse environmental factors such as livestock rearing, farming practices, food handling, and industrial contaminants will be studied with sensitivity to cultural, regional, and ethnic differences.

Graduates of the FVSU MPH program will be capable of pursuing further study in environmental health, agricultural or related fields, conducting research in the discipline, managing community health agencies, and/or providing community-based leadership designed to educate and empower citizens to form partnerships in the interest of improving the overall health of their communities. Graduates of the MPH Program will have completed 45 hours of coursework that includes six credit hours of Capstone that may be either a thesis research project or a field experience.
Many MPH classes are flexible and hybrid (online and traditional classroom instruction) for working and distance learners. All traditional in-class meetings are at night to accommodate the working professional.

The Master of Public Health program is a fully accredited program through the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). This accreditation is important to those considering joining the Uniformed Public Health Service in the future, as the Service only accepts applicants from EHAC-accredited programs.
FVSU’s MPH program is administered through the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences, and Technology.

Course Requirements for the MPH with Concentration in Epidemiology and Environmental Health (45 Credit Hours)

Core Courses (18 Credit Hours)

SubjectCourse No.Course NameCredit Hours
PBHL5100Introduction to Public Health3
PBHL5123Principles of Epidemiology3
PBHL5153Introduction to Biostatistics3
PBHL5173Public Health Policy and Administration3
PBHL5200Health Behavior and Promotion3
PBHL5803Public Health Research Methods3
FVSU0500Graduate Orientation0

Major Degree Requirements (15 Hours)

SubjectCourse No.Course NameCredit Hours
Epidemiology Concentration
PBHL5103Public Health Surveillance3
PBHL5113Introduction to Generic Epidemiology3
PBHL5183Environmental Law3
PBHL5193Strategic Planning of Healthcare and Management3
PBHL5304Environmental Health Analysis3
PBHL5133Advanced Epidemiology3
PBHL5223Occupational Safety and Epidemiology3
PBHL5224Chronic Disease Epidemiology3
PBHL5243Nutritional Epidemiology3
PBHL5324Zoonoses of Animal and Human Population3
Environmental Health Concentration
ENVH5103Environmental Health3
ENVH5113Environmental Pollution3
PBHL5183Environmental Law3
ENVH5193Industrial Health Hazard Management3
ENVH5304Environmental Analysis3
ENVH5183Environmental Law3
ENVH5334Environmental Microbiology3
ENVH5354Physiological Toxicology3

Capstone Requirements (12 Hours)

SubjectCourse No.Course NameCredit Hours
PBHL5850Field Experience Capstone6
PBHL5999Thesis Research6

Admission Application Requirements

  1. A Completed Graduate Application
  2. Application Processing Fee (non-refundable)
    • $20 – Domestic Applicants
    • $75 – International Applicants
  3. A Professional Resume
  4. A Statement of Purpose
    • The statement must be between 550-600 words. The Statement of Purpose should be in essay format and include personal characteristics/disposition, professional goals, academic background, research, work/volunteer experience and why you wish to pursue a graduate degree in the respective area.
  5. Three Professional Recommendations
    • Letters of recommendation must be submitted using the FVSU Recommendation form for Graduate Admission.
  6. Submit Official Transcripts from each postsecondary institution (College/University) attended showing a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. The transcript should show all degrees and coursework, the dates awarded, and grades earned.
  7. Immunization records
    • International Transcript Evaluation: Transcripts from educational institutions outside the United States must be evaluated by any current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) ( with a course-by-course evaluation and grade point average (GPA) included. The transcript must be received directly from the evaluation service/agency.