Master of Public Health Degree Program

Overview and Requirements

Program Concentrations

All students in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program complete core public health course work in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, social and behavioral determinants of health, and public health administration. Additionally, students complete coursework and participate in research experiences that develop their knowledge and skills specific to their selected concentration. A description of each concentration follows:

Behavioral, Social and Community Health Concentration

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The Behavioral, Social, and Community Health concentration prepares students to focus on the social and behavioral sciences that are essential for understanding health behaviors and for developing effective health promotion interventions. Students complete coursework related to the social, behavioral, and cultural determinants of health, the design, implementation, and evaluation of health behavior change interventions, and the foundations of serving as a leader in community-based settings. Throughout the program, students work closely with faculty and community leaders who are engaged in research and practice across a broad and diverse range of communities and health issues. Learn more about the MPH in BSCH here: 

For additional information or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Lesa Huber, Concentration Coordinator, lehuber@indiana.edu

Biostatistics Concentration

The Biostatistics concentration prepares students to select appropriate methodologies, develop innovative research designs, and analyze data from studies related to emerging public health issues. Coursework is completed in experimental analysis and research design, multivariate statistical analysis, and other advanced statistical methodologies. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and leaders in the community to apply research skills to practical projects related to public health. Learn more about the MPH in Biostatistics here:

For additional information or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Nianjun Liu, BIO Concentration Coordinator, liunian@indiana.edu

Environmental Health Concentration

The Environmental Health students in this concentration gain technical skills for the development, implementation and evaluation of practices that seek to identify, prevent or minimize the adverse impact of environmental and occupational hazards on human health. Students complete coursework related to the assessment and control of environmental and occupational exposures, the effects of these exposures on human health, principles of toxicology, and toxic regulations and policies. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to communicate environmental health risks to the public, analyze the impact of environmental assaults and exposures to susceptible populations, and manage environmental and occupational risks.  Learn more about the MPH in Environmental Health here:

For additional information or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Barbara Hocevar, EH Concentration Coordinator at bhocevar@indiana.edu

Epidemiology Concentration

The Epidemiology concentration prepares students to conceptualize a public health problem, design epidemiological studies, collect and analyze data, and interpret and disseminate results to a broad range of public health constituents. Students complete advanced coursework in epidemiological methods, and the epidemiology of chronic, infectious and social diseases. Upon completion of the program, students will have the skills to perform epidemiologic analyses that influence health and disease management and that contribute to the understanding of etiologies of disease prevention and wellness. Learn more about the MPH in Epidemiology here:

For additional information or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Aurelian Bidulescu, EPI Concentration Coordinator at abidules@indiana.edu

Physical Activity Concentration

The Physical Activity concentration trains professionals to effectively quantify physical activity, monitor populations, and design interventions focused on improving health through the promotion of physical activity. Students will learn how to assess physical activity behavior, to apply behavioral theories when designing physical activity interventions, use epidemiology techniques to describe the relationship between physical activity and health and to develop public health policies aimed at impacting physical activity behavior. Students will have the opportunity to work with faculty with interdisciplinary interests such as health games, worksite wellness, recreation, and disabilities. Learn more about the MPH in Physical Activity here:

For additional information or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Jeanne Johnston, PA Concentration Coordinator at jdjohnst@indiana.edu

Public Health Administration Concentration

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The Public Health Administration concentration prepares students to assume leadership roles in the public and private sectors and to effectively create and implement policies and manage programs that promote the public’s health.  It is a multidisciplinary field, combining management and system sciences economics, policy studies, and organizational theory for the effective deliver of public health services.  Public health administration students focus on the organization, financing and outcomes of public health and health services.  Coursework is completed in health policy, finance and budgeting, program evaluation, public health organizations and systems, leadership, and resource acquisition and management. Students have the opportunity for significant practice involvement with public health and health services organizations in Indiana and beyond. Learn more about the MPH in Public Health Administration here:

For additional information or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Lin Hsien-Chang, PHA Concentration Coordinator at linhsi@indiana.edu

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