MPH Curriculum

The MPH Degree has two plans of study:

  • Plan 1: 42 hours of total coursework; Thesis (6 hours)
  • Plan 2: 42 hours of total coursework; Practicum (3 hours)
MPH in Rural & Underserved Communities   42 hours
Ecological Perspectives   3 hours
HLTH 5653: Foundations of Public Health Education & Promotion
(1st 8 weeks fall: hybrid class)
  3 hours
Biostatistics   3 hours
REMS 5953 Elementary Statistical Methods in Education
(Fall, Spring, Summer, Online)
  3 hours
Epidemiology   3 hours
HLTH 5323: Advanced Epidemiology
(Summer Online)
  3 hours
Environmental Health   3 hours
HLTH 5133: Environmental Health
(Spring, Summer Online)
  3 hours
Health Services Administration   3 hours
HCA 5013: Survey of Healthcare Administration
(Fall – Wednesday 7:20 pm Stillwater & Tulsa; Fall online)
  3 hours
Health Communications   3 hours
MC 5953: Strategic Health Communication
(Spring, Online)
  3 hours
  AGCM 5403: Public Relations Campaign in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources   3 hours
Leadership   3 hours
HCA 5093: Leadership methods and Styles in Health Care
(Fall – online)
  3 hours

HCA 5043: Organizational Leadership and Development in Health Care

  3 hours
Cultural Competence   3 hours
HLTH 5453: Cultural Issues in Health
  3 hours
Research Methods (Required Elective for Thesis)   3 hours
  REMS 5013: Research Design and Methodology (Spring, Summer, Fall and Online)   3 hours
  HDFS 5133: Research Methods and Design (Fall Only - In Person and Online)   3 hours
Program Planning   6 hours
HLTH 5683: Health Behavior Theory & Practice for Public Health
(2nd 8 weeks fall: TR 7:20 pm-10 pm)
  3 hours
HLTH 5973: Designing Public Health Programs
(1st 8 weeks spring: TR 4:30 – 7:00)
  3 hours
Program Evaluation (recommended)   3 hours
HLTH 5983: Implementation & Evaluation of Public Health Programs
(2nd 8 weeks spring 2016: TR 4:30 – 7:00)
  3 hours
AGED 6223: Program Evaluation in Ag
(Spring Stillwater)
  3 hours
REMS 6373: Program Evaluation
(Fall in Tulsa; Spring in Stillwater)
  3 hours
Guided Electives   3–9 hours
HLTH 5113: Psychological Aspects of Health
(Fall odd years Stillwater)
  3 hours
NSCI 5323: Nutrition & Physical Activity in Aging
(Fall – online only, Great Plains IDEA course*)
  3 hours
HLTH 5233: Health & Sexuality
  3 hours
NSCI 5453: Nutrition & Health Disparities
(Spring – online only, Great Plains IDEA course*)
  3 hours
NSCI 5553: Global Nutrition & Food Security
(Stillwater-in person Spring: 8 week course beginning mid-February Online Great Plains IDEA course*)
  3 hours
NSCI 5713: Advanced Community Nutrition
(Fall Stillwater)
  3 hours
HDFS 5153: Policy in Human Development & Family Science
(Spring odd years at OSU-Tulsa, even years in Stillwater)
  3 hours
HDFS 5403: Research Perspectives in Gerontology
(Summer & Fall – online only, Great Plains IDEA course*)
  3 hours
HDFS 5411: Ethics & Aging
  3 hours
HDFS 5433: Theories of Aging
(Spring odd years Stillwater)
  3 hours
HDFS 5493: Aging in Families
(Spring even years online only, Great Plains IDEA course*)
  3 hours
HDFS 5523: Family Theory
(Spring: odd years in Tulsa, even years in Stillwater)
  3 hours
HDFS 5583: Human Sexuality
(Spring even years)
  3 hours
Culminating Experience   3–6 hours
  MPH 5030: Public Health Practicum   3 hours
  MPH 5000: Thesis   6 hours


Note: To remain in good academic standing, all students must earn a B or higher in each course of the MPH or Public Health Certificate program. The MPH faculty can assess a C grade if extraordinary cricumstances are present. 
Guided electives are course suggestions that will assist in determining an area of specialization or will enrich the MPH degree however, these courses are not required. Any graduate level course can be taken as an elective. See the Areas of Focus for an expanded list of electives.
If a student who is not part of GP IDEA would like to take the course he/she can if there are enough spaces (or at instructors discretion) about 3 weeks prior to the start of the semester.  Enrollment should be managed through the Great Plains IDEA Coordinator, Susan Malec via email or phone at 405-744-4582.