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2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin 
2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health (Health Policy and Administration - Executive ), M.P.H.

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Health administrators are charged with coordinating a wide variety of activities crucial to the effective and efficient delivery of health services and programs. The health administrator plans, organizes, coordinates, and supervises the delivery of services within health care organizations, including hospitals, mental health clinics, medical group practices, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Students earning the MPH/MBA degree find positions in the above areas as well as with consulting firms.

Master of Public Health Requirements

Program Requirements

  1. MPH students must complete the 45 hours of coursework, unless the 9 hours of internship is waived.
  2. MPH/MBA students must complete a minimum of 78 hours. MPH/ANTMA students must complete a minimum of 66 hours.
  3. Pass a comprehensive exam.
  4. Students must have a 3.0 GPA in all course work to graduate.

Executive Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration: An MPH program designed for individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree and have at least three years of full-time work experience in a health care/service setting. The degree can be completed in 22 months using a rigorous, concentrated format that includes three classes each semester that meet on Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Five weekends are required each semester. For information on this degree program, contact Dr. Gordon Whyte in the Department of Community Health Sciences at 266-5435.


Students must complete a nine-credit hour (400 clock hours) internship at an approved site. Those with at least three years of experience or a terminal degree in a relevant area may apply for a waiver of the internship requirement.

Admission Requirements

Application for admission to the MPH program is made through the Graduate School of the university and through the Department of Community Health Sciences.

Applications are reviewed three times a year and are due July 15 for fall semester and October 15 for spring semester.

A complete application consists of the Graduate Studies Office application, the Department of Community Health Sciences application and essay, GRE or GMAT scores, transcripts and three letters of reference from persons qualified to assess the applicant’s readiness for graduate study. International applicants also must submit TOEFL scores.

Minimum GPA is 2.75 on the last 60 hours of coursework.

Minimum TOEFL score is 550 for international applicants.

Applications are evaluated by the department’s Graduate School Admissions Committee. Enrollment priority is given to Mississippi residents. Other factors in the decision for admission include the GPA, GRE or GMAT scores, writing skills demonstrated in the essay, and the reference letters.

Students applying to the MPH/MBA program must also apply to the MBA program and take the GMAT exam.

Continuous Enrollment Requirement: Students must meet the requirement specified in the front section of this Bulletin.

Plan of Study. Students must submit their signed, official Plan of Study Form to the Graduate School by the end of the first semester they are enrolled. The Plan of Study Forms are available at www.usm.edu/graduateschool/ planofstudy.php - click on the "Plan of Study" link.

Responsible Conduct of Research Training

All faculty holding Regular or Associate graduate faculty status, must complete RCR training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments. All graduate students must complete the RCR training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The RCR policy and training information are found on the Graduate School web page – www.usm.edu/graduateschool. Contact the Dean of the Graduate School if you have any questions regarding the policy or training information.

Masters in Public Health/Masters in Business Administration Dual Degree Foundation Courses

The MPH/MBA dual degree was developed for those students interested in pursuing higher-level careers in health administration and/or consulting. Students must apply the MPH and MBA programs separately and meet the admission criteria of each program.

(Note: MBA graduate courses only offered on the Gulf Coast campus)

Pre-Program Requirements for MBA:

  • Computer Literacy
  • MAT 102 Business Calculus / Applied Calculus
  • BA 301 Statistics (pre-requisite Math 102)

Business Core Pre-requisite Requirements (24 hours)

For students who do not have an undergraduate degree in business:

  • MGT 300* Management for Organizations
  • ACC 200* & ACC 300* Introduction to Financial Accounting/Managerial Accounting
  • ECO 201** & ECO 202** Principles of Macroeconomics/Principles of Microeconomics
  • MGT 325* Operations Management (pre-requisite MGT 300)
  • MKT 300* Principles of Marketing
  • FIN 300 Principles of Finance (pre-requisites MAT 102, ACC 200, ECO 201 and ECO 202)


* These courses are offered online by the Southern Miss College of Business at least once a year.

** These courses offered online by the Mississippi Virtual Community College (www.msvcc.org).

Masters in Business Administration/Masters in Public Health Dual Degree Core Courses (78 hours total)

(Note: MBA courses only offered on the Gulf Coast campus)


* MBA 660  is a capstone course that is subject to departmental approval, and is to be taken in the final semester of the MBA program.

** MBA approved electives are classes offered by the College of Business.

*** CHS 611  is a culminating experience and is taken in the final semester of the MPH program. Graduate students may take one three-hour course with internship.

Requirements for Master's Minor in Public Health (18 hours)

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