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Curriculum for MPH

The Master of Public Health degree requires 45 academic credits (15 courses, including capstone ). The program is designed to be completed in two years with full-time study or four to five years with part-time study.

An MPH degree can also be completed with the 4 + 1 option for undergraduate students at TCNJ. TCNJ students working toward a BS or BA degree in a relevant discipline take 5 graduate courses toward MPH requirements during their Junior and Senior years. Earning an MPH with this option usually takes one additional year beyond the undergraduate degree.

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Customize your studies with different course tracks and flexible options

The MPH degree program lets you follow your interests and passions to forge your own education path—and go at your own pace.

5 Core Courses + Capstone Internship in Public Health and Capstone Paper/Portfolio = 7 Courses

  • PBHG 504 Environmental and Occupational Health
  • PBHG 521 Health Systems and Policy
  • PBHG 540 Intermediate Epidemiology
  • PBHG 652 Biostatistics for Public Health
  • PBHG 685 Health Promotion for Individuals, Families, and Communities
  • PBHG 705 Capstone Internship in Public Health
  • PBHG 706 Capstone Paper/Portfolio

5 Courses from the list for each track

Epidemiology and Health Analytics

  • PBHG 501 Research Methods for Public Health
  • PBHG 602 Health Analytics: Identifying, Collecting, and Analyzing Big Data
  • PBHG 620 Health Economics

          Choose 2 of the following:

  • PBHG 566 Epidemiology of Dental Public Health
  • PBHG 577 Epidemiology and Intervention in Violence and Injury
  • PBHG 667 Public Health Genomics
  • PBHG 689 Epidemiology and Aging


  • PBHG 603 Health and Risk Communication Theory
  • PBHG 615 International Communication
  • PBHG 650 Health Education in Practice
  • PBHG 660 Global Health and Risk Communication Campaigns

    Choose 1 of the following:

  • PBHG 530 Sexual Communication and Health
  • PBHG 535 Interpersonal Health Communication
  • PBHG 545 New Media Innovations in Health Communication
  • PBHG 578 Cancer from a Public Health Perspective: Prevention to Survival
  • PBHG 677 Disclosure, Stigma, Privacy, and Health

Or Global Health

  • PBHG 565 Social Determinants and Health Inequities
  • PBHG 572 Program Planning and Evaluation in Global Health
  • PBHG 620 Health Economics or PBHG 678 Water, Land, and Air: Critical Issues in Global Environmental Health
  • PBHG 675 Critical Issues in Global Health

    Choose 1 of the following:

  • PBHG 615 International Communication
  • PBHG 620 Health Economics or PBHG 678 Water, Land, and Air: Critical Issues in Global Environmental Health
  • PBHG 689 Epidemiology and Aging

3 Elective Courses

Students can choose from the list below or any track classes that are a) not part of the student’s
chosen track or b) track classes above the 5 required.

Selections include:

  • PBHG 503 Health Informatics
  • PBHG 551 Substance Abuse and Addiction: Individual, Family, and Society
  • PBHG 560 Counseling Girls and Women* OR PBHG 561 Counseling Boys and Men*
    * Can take either 560 OR 561 to count as an elective, but not both.
  • PBHG 591 Graduate Independent Study
  • PBHG 606 Grant Writing in Public Health
  • PBHG 610 Public Health Leadership for a Changing World
  • PBHG 651 Stress Management
  • PBHG 670 Topics in Public Health

There are three concentrations to choose from

The Epidemiology and Health Analytics track—Focusing on translational research to create a healthier society and fostering the integration of population health research in fields such as engineering, healthcare systems, and business.

The Health Communication track—Exploring innovative ways to motivate healthy behavior and reduce health risk via institutions and agencies nationwide.

The Global Health track – Increasing awareness about international health systems, global diseases, and assessment techniques for the specific health needs of countries worldwide.

Graduate Bulletin

Please see the details starting on page 63 in the link

Field experience for real-world exposure

The graduate-level capstone course requires an internship of at least 120 hours and a Capstone paper that launches students into meaningful careers or positions them for further studies. TCNJ Public Health currently has more than 40 partners that provide rich professional opportunities to our students.

Application Process


Master of Public Health
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P.O. Box 7718
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628

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