Missouri State University

Master of Public Health

Full-Time Status

To receive your Master of Public Health, you must complete 42 hours of coursework. The program can be completed in 2 ½ to 3 ½ years depending on which student status you maintain. Consult with your advisor about how to tailor the program to best fit your needs.

Full-time schedule example

Below is a suggested course sequencing for completing the program in 2 ½ years or five semesters, which requires maintaining full-time student status or taking nine credit hours per semester. All scheduling decisions should be made in consultation with your academic advisor.

This sample schedule is for a fall start with no summer semesters. Limited course offerings are available in the summer; options often include electives and field experiences. If you are beginning the program in the spring or take a summer course, consult with your advisor about how this schedule will change.

First semester (fall)

First semester courses Credit hours
PBH 730 Biostatistics in Health Sciences3
PBH 745 Environmental Health3
PBH 756 Introduction to Public Health3

Second semester (spring)

Second semester courses Credit hours
PBH 720 Epidemiology3
PBH 775 Principles and Skills of Public Health Administration3
Elective (from program requirements)

Third semester (fall)

Third semester courses Credit hours
PBH 740 Health Behavior3
Elective (from program requirements)
Elective (from program requirements)

Fourth semester (spring)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
PBH 760 Research Methods in Public Health3
Elective (from program requirements)
Elective (from program requirements)

Fifth semester (fall)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
PBH 790 Independent Study in Public Health1-3
PBH 798 Public Health Field Experience1-6

Visit the part-time page for more information about how to complete your degree in 3 ½ years.