Brown School MPH Curriculum

Our two-year, 52-credit-hour degree, accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, provides you with the knowledge, skills and tools you need to take leadership in the field of public health.

Our innovative curriculum includes outstanding research opportunities, real-world learning experiences through practicum, and unique classes and course packages.

This curriculum was designed to be different. We are relentlessly focused on understanding problems and creating solutions. We transcend the boundaries of academic disciplines, teaching you to think broadly about complex public health issues.

Read about our distinctive approach in the American Journal of Public Health.

Required Courses

The list below includes the required courses that you’ll use to build your course of study. Any item in italics represents an opportunity to choose from a variety of courses offered within that category. Because of the variety of specializations offered with the MPH degree at the Brown School, the order in which you take your courses may vary.

FOUNDATIONS IN PUBLIC HEALTH 15 credit hours
Epidemiology 3
Biostatistics 3
Health Behavior and Health Promotion 3
Environmental Health 3
Health Administration and Policy 3
RESEARCH METHODS 9 credit hours
Research Methods 3
Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Evidence-Based Programs and Interventions 3
Applied Linear Modeling 3
CROSS-CUTTING THEMES 1 credit hour
PUBLIC HEALTH SEMINAR 2 credit hours
PRACTICUM 3 credit hours
TRANSDICIPLINARY PROBLEM SOLVING IN PUBLIC HEALTH 6 credit hours
Transdisciplinary Problem Solving I 3
Transdisciplinary Problem Solving II 3
ELECTIVES/SPECIALIZATION 11 credit hours
Elective I 3
Elective II 3
Elective III 3
Elective IV 2-3

Use your elective credits in year one and two to earn a specialization or take other graduate coursework. Choose from a wealth of public health and social work electives, including up to two additional Skill Labs, or pursue relevant courses from other WashU graduate programs.

SKILL LABS 3 credit hours
Skill Lab I 1
Skill Lab II 1
Skill Lab III 1
CULMINATING EXPERIENCE 2 credit hours

Curriculum and required credit hours are subject to change.