Master of Public Health School of Medicine

Master of Public Health

The UC Davis M.P.H. Program’s goal is to develop the public health leaders of the future by providing a high-quality Master’s degree curriculum in partnership with the public health community. We accomplish this through the collaborative efforts of the UC Davis and health networks, including the Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Management, Law, Education, and Nursing and the California Department of Public Health, local county health departments, and non-profit agencies. These partnerships comprise teaching, student mentorship and field placements, research, service, direction, and support for the UC Davis M.P.H. Program.

The UC Davis M.P.H. Program is an accelerated, 56-unit program that focuses on the essentials of public health.  It offers students two concentration areas – General Public Health & Epidemiology – and includes a practicum experience, or internship, in a public health setting. 

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Core Courses

EPI 205Principles of Epidemiology4
SPH 210Public Health Informatics2
SPH 222Social & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health3
SPH 244Introduction to Medical Statistics4
SPH 245Biostatistics for Biomedical Science 4
SPH 262Principles of Environmental Health Science3
SPH 273Health Services Administration3
SPH 281Data Management in SAS1
SPH 283Program Planning & Evaluation3
SPH 290Topics in Public Health3
SPH 297Public Health Practicum10
Total Core Course Units40
Required Electives16
Total Units56

Elective Courses

Students choose electives reflecting their professional public health interests to complete the 56-unit requirement. The M.P.H. program provides a quarterly list of available electives to students. Students may select appropriate courses not on the electives list and have them approved by their Graduate Advisor. Electives must be upper-division undergraduate-level or graduate-level courses. See list of suggested electives.