Concentrations and Curriculum

Students can earn an MPH degree in one of three concentrations: Generalist, Rural Public Health, or Public Health Data Management and Analytics. Explore MSU's courses to learn more.


The online Generalist concentration is a traditional MPH program that prepares students for the practice of public health in many different settings. Courses provide students with knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform in a range of public health careers, including program and intervention design, implementation and evaluation, health promotion, disease prevention, and other community health roles.

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Rural Public Health

The online Rural Public Health concentration equips students with the skills and knowledge to work effectively as public health leaders and practitioners in rural communities, both locally and globally. Students will gain an understanding of how unique social, cultural, political, and environmental characteristics of rural communities, as well as structural, systemic, and historical influences, impact rural health and well-being, public health and healthcare delivery, policy development, collaborative opportunities, and advocacy strategies.

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Public Health Data Management and Analytics

The online Public Health Data Management and Analytics concentration equips students with the skills to use various public health and health care data sources for applied public health practice. A data equity framework is integrated into this program to ensure fairness and equality. Graduates of this program will access, manage, assess, analyze, and report findings from different data sources commonly used in public health, such as vital records, surveys, and surveillance, as well as health care delivery settings, such as administrative claims and electronic medical records data.

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Generalist: For Students Enrolled Prior to Fall 2024

Students enrolled in the Generalist MPH degree prior to fall of 2024 take a range of classes from foundational, selective, core, and elective courses. Students learn about practical tools that can be immediately applied to their chosen field of public health in a wide range of competencies, from leadership to health equity, and the practical application of public health. Students choose the elective credits that best suit their public health interests.