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Department of Public Health (Graduate)

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Public Health 

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Department/School Head:

Richard D. Mattes, MPH, Ph.D., R.D.

Research Degree Programs


Master of Science (MS)

The MS degree in public health is a traditional research master’s program. Students complete 34 credit hours over a two-year period under the guidance of a faculty mentor. A research-based thesis is completed as a graduation requirement, preparing students for doctoral training and careers in research institutions.  

Master of Science Website:


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Ph.D. program is designed to prepare students for careers in high-level research positions in a variety of academic institutions and government agencies as well as private and non-profit organizations. Students must complete a research-intensive dissertation under the mentorship of public health faculty that is aligned with their public health interest area as part of the 90-credit graduation requirement.  

Doctor of Philosophy Website: 


Professional Degree Programs

Master of Public Health (MPH) 

The Department of Public Health currently offers a professional Master of Public Health degree accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. The program prepares students to evaluate and address the changing dynamics affecting health and access to services. It includes a rigorous background in core public health disciplines and specialization in one of two concentrations. Students will develop and apply skills through a 200-hour practicum and culminating project course. 

Program Tracks

Standalone (traditional two-year program) 
Combined Degree Program (BS/BA + MPH)
Dual-Degree (PhD/MS/MA + MPH) 



Family and Community Health (Residential, Hybrid, Online)
Health Statistics (Residential, Hybrid) 

Residential and Hybrid Master of Public Health Website:



Online Master of Public Health Website: 



Regular Graduate Faculty by Rank: 


Christine Ladisch 
Sandra Liu 
Richard Mattes 

Associate Professor

Stewart Chang Alexander
Ellen Wells 

Assistant Professor 

Jorge Banda 
Andrea DeMaria 
Robert Duncan 
Nilupa Gunaratna 
Monica Kasting 
Natalia Rodriguez 
Yumary Ruiz 
Audrey Ruple 
Laura Schwab Reese 

Clinical Faculty 

Jim Amell
Cody Mullen 

Emeritus Faculty

Gerald Hyner

Faculty Profiles Website:                                                                                                     




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      Public Health

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