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About the M.P.H. Program

MUSC offers a Master of Public Health Degree with a concentration in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, or Health Behavior and Health Promotion. The nation's transition to a new Health care delivery model means that professionals with expertise in prevention and community-based research will be critical to ensuring adequate Health care for all and for improving the health of the nation. The MUSC Master of Public Health degrees with concentrations in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, or Health Behavior and Health Promotion will prepare the next generation of public health scientists and will help students develop expertise, research presence, and practice opportunities in population health and prevention.

MPH Programs

Biostatistics Concentration

Biostatistics is concerned with applications of statistical methods in biomedical and health-related fields. Biostatisticians are expected to provide expertise in data management and study design, and are trained in the appropriate analytic techniques and interpretation of all data types.

Epidemiology Concentration

Epidemiology deals with the systematic study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specified populations, and the application of knowledge for developing rational measures of prevention and control of deleterious outcomes.

Health Behavior & Health Promotion Concentration

Health Behavior and Health Promotion completes the equation by taking interventions into the communities that need them, and developing effective communication and education strategies to empower individuals in their own health care.

Program Requirements

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Each M.P.H. degree requires the completion of a total of 45 credit hours, including coursework in your core field, along with an internship and a capstone project. The degree can be completed in 4 semesters.


Complete 180 hours of field placement in a comprehensive public health setting in the chosen concentration with a local or regional sites. Internship sites include hospitals, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and pharmaceutical companies.

Capstone Project

A professional paper or report which is the culmination of the internship experience.

MPH Student handbook (PDF)