A student shall be recommended for the degree of Master of Public Health upon completion of the following requirements:
Each candidate shall complete a minimum of 42 credit hours towards the degree.
Credits shall be distributed according to the following:
At least 17 credit hours of elective courses must be approved by the Faculty Advisor or Program Director as consistent with the student's academic plan. Students may arrange their electives as an advanced generalist tract or as an area of emphasis. For approved graduate programs, up to 6 credit hours of elective course work may be transferred, subject to advisor approval and review by the Curriculum Committee.
In fulfilling the capstone requirement, each candidate must: (a) submit a formal written paper of sufficient depth and rigor; and (b) satisfactorily complete an oral examination based upon the research or project chosen as the basis for the written paper.
The candidate must satisfy all applicable University of Kansas regulations for graduate degrees. For further details, see the KU-MPH student handbook.
Many students undertake part or all of their Master of Public Health program on a part-time basis. For part-time students, it generally requires about four years to fulfill all the requirements for graduation.
In the past, students who undertook the MPH program on a full-time basis could complete the curriculum in 18-24 months. New accreditation requirements by the Council on Education for Public Health state that the MPH degree must be equivalent to two years of full-time study.
Master's degree students are allowed seven years to complete all requirements for the degree. It is not recommended that a student extend his/her study across the full seven years unless absolutely necessary. If a student has not enrolled in any course work for two academic years, he/she is required to submit a satisfactory plan for completion of the degree within the seven years allowed. A student who does not have an approved plan by the start of the third year of non-enrollment will be dropped by the program.
Students admitted into the MD/MPH Dual Degree program must complete the MD degree requirements as prescribed by the School of Medicine. They will complete the MPH degree in three semesters - beginning in the Summer Semester (June), and proceeding through the Fall Semester (August) and the Spring Semester (January) - with completion by the end of May. Students will have two options for completing the MPH degree within the MD/MPH Dual Degree Program:
Year One and Two - Complete the first two years of medical school
Take USMLE - Step I Exam (May)
Year Three - (June - May) Complete the MPH Degree
Years Four and Five - Complete the final two years of medical school
Years One and Two - Complete the first two years of medical school
Take USMLE - Step I Exam (May)
Year Three - (June - May) Complete first clinical year of medical school
Year Four - (June- May) Complete the MPH Degree
Year Five - Complete the final year of medical school
For more information regarding the MD/MPH program, in Wichita contact Melissa Armstrong, 316-293-2627; in Kansas City contact Mary Ann Woirhaye, 913-588-2720.