Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Medical School Education & Admissions

M.P.H. Curriculum

2016 MD/ MPH graduate Jie Jiao in Thomonde, Haiti preparing to go out into the communities with the community health workers

MPH Curriculum Details

The MPH program plan of the dual degree program includes 30 credits of MPH courses and 6 credits for the MPH capstone program comprised of the capstone field experience (3 credits) and the capstone project (3 credits).

The general MPH curriculum structure for the four years of the dual degree is shown above (Graphic 1). The MS1 semester begins with public health courses during the summer, usually mid-June, and then transitions to the fall medical courses. The following spring the next MPH course is taken alongside the medical curriculum. The capstone program, a public health real-world experience, begins the summer after completion of the first year and continues throughout program. We highly encourage students to complete their capstone field experience during the summer months, in between the MS1 and MS2 year. During MS2, both fall and spring semesters MPH courses are taught alongside medical courses. A six week preparation period is given between March and late April for the USMLE Step 1 examination. Upon completion, another 6 weeks of public health courses follow. After the completion of the MS2, students relocate to the Regional Medical Campus for MS3 and much of the MS4 year. During their MS3 students remain engaged in public health through a seminar series. The MS4 year consists of elective rotations and finalizing all capstone requirements.

If you would like specific information regarding the curriculum or to speak with a current student please email: Yasmin Dias-Guichot.

The MPH Program Plan is as follows:

Core Coursework (24 credits)

  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Capstone Field Experience
  • Medical Biostatistics I
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Leading Change in Public Health
  • Public Health Policy
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Elective Coursework (6 credits)

  • Applied Public Health: Taking Concept to Practice to Reduce Health Disparities
  • Seminars in Contemporary Public Health Issues

Culminating Capstone Experience (6 credits)

A public health supervised field placement, the capstone which consists of 300 contact hours, is required for the M.P.H. degree.