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Degree and non-degree programs

  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • MS in Population Health
  • Ph.D. in Population Health 
  • Graduate Certificate Programs in Population Health and Global Health
  • MPH/MBA >>
  • Flex MBA with Public Health Concentration >>

Program Requirements >> 

Flexibility

All COH graduate classes are offered online and in-person, providing students options that fit into today's busy schedules.  The MPH and MS in Population Health have full-time and part-time options.  The Flex MBA and Graduate Certificates are ideal for working professionals.

  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • In-person*
  • Remote
  • Hybrid

*International students who elect to participate in person must be enrolled as full-time students with a minimum of 9 credits. 

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Lehigh University's Master of Public Health (MPH) degree prepares graduate students to work in a variety of local, state, national, and global public health research, practice, and policymaking settings. Students gain expertise in the core domains of public health, investigate and address the determinants of health using data science, and develop novel and effective avenues for disease prevention and health promotion. The program combines foundational courses in public health with additional courses in data science, qualitative research methods, leadership, cultural understanding and health, and policymaking. Students gain knowledge and skills through coursework, experiential learning opportunities, research projects, and engagement with traditional and non- traditional partners to pursue a healthier world. 

The College of Health is preparing for CEPH accreditation. Once accreditation is received, it applies retroactively. At that point, all graduates from the College's MPH will have graduated from a CEPH-accredited institution.

CourseCourse TitleCredits
Core Requirements1
PUBH 401Health promotion and Education3
PUBH 402Health Services, Administration, Politics, and Policy3
PUBH 403Health Program Planning and Implementation3
PUBH 405Program Evaluation Methods3
PUBH 410Applied Practice Experience3
PUBH 411Public Health Internship and Capstone II (execution)3
BSTA 402Health Data and Computational Science3
EPI 404/304Methods in Epidemiology I23
POPH 405Qualitative Research Methods3
POPH 431Environmental Health Sciences3
Electives1Four graduate-level courses, a minimum of 12 credits chosen in consultation with an adviser. Students are encouraged to take courses that will provide them with additional expertise in substantive and/or methodological areas of interest. One of these courses should be a second biostatistics course. These courses can be taken outside the College of Health, but advisor approval is required.212
 Total Credits42
1 For students enrolled in the 4+1 accelerated BS/MPH or BA/MPH program, courses taken during the student’s undergraduate degree cannot be applied as an undergraduate degree requirement.
2 If EPI 304/EPI 404 Methods in Epidemiology I was completed at the undergraduate level at the College of Health, the student is expected to take EPI 450 Special Topics in Epidemiology instead.

 

Master of Science in Population Health Management

Lehigh University's Master of Science (MS) in Population Health Management program prepares graduate students to design, implement, and improve systems and programs that enhance the health and well-being of a community or population. Specifically, students will gain valuable knowledge and skills to investigate and address health determinants, develop novel and effective avenues for disease diagnosis and prevention, health promotion, and intervention.

We have designed our curriculum around a set of core competencies that define professional excellence in population health management. The curriculum combines foundational courses in population health with additional courses in healthcare management, health data science, epidemiology, and qualitative research methods. Beyond coursework, learning activities also include experiential learning opportunities, research projects, and engagement with traditional and non-traditional community partners to pursue a healthier world.

The MS degree requires a minimum of 33 credits. It provides students with a strong conceptual background in population health, healthcare management, and extensive methodological expertise in health data science, epidemiology, and qualitative research. 

4+1 Accelerated Program

Current Lehigh undergraduate  students who have achieved junior standing (a minimum of 54 credits) and have earned a minimum overall GPA of 3.5  may elect to be enrolled in the 4+1 accelerated BS/MS program or 4+1 accelerated BA/MS program, whereby they complete the MS program in one year after the completion of their undergraduate degree, and the successful completion (a grade "B" or higher) in twelve (12) credits of graduate coursework. Program requirements and deadlines and can be found on the Admissions website.  Students in the 4+1 accelerated program are expected to start the MS program as full-time graduate students immediately following the undergraduate program’s completion.

Certified: Population Health Management

The MS in Population Health Management program at Lehigh University is a founding member of the Population Health Management Accreditation Program at The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). Our program is one of the first five programs that received the CAHME certification status in 2022.

As a proud CAHME Certified program, students enrolled in the MS in Population Health program receive no-cost access to American Hospital Association (AHA) Professional Membership, a free Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Student Membership, and a complimentary Modern Healthcare Classic Subscription. These resources provide you with opportunities to network with industry leaders, read up on industry trends via newsletters, magazines, background papers and other publications, discover career opportunities, and much more.

 

CourseCourse TitleCredits
Core Requirements1
BSTA 402Biostatistics in Health3
CGH 331Health Services, Administratin, Politics, and Policy3
CGH 335Healthcare Operations Management3
POPH 401Population Health Concepts and Methods23
POPH 403Biological Basis of Population Health: Concepts and Methods3
POPH 409Social Determinants of Population Health3
PUBH 402Health Services, Administratin, Politics, and Policy3
Select one other 400-level BSTA course
 BSTA 403Applications in Statistical Learning3
 BSTA 404Data Architecture, Mining, and Linkage3
EPI 404Methods in Epidemiology I3
POPH 405Qualitative Research Methods3
POPH 410Population Health Capstone/Thesis Project3
 Total Credits33
For students enrolled in the 4+1 accelerated BS/MS program or  BA/MS program, courses taken during the student’s undergraduate degree cannot be double-counted as an undergraduate degree requirement. 
2 4+1 students who have taken BSTA 101/102 and BSTA 103/104 as undergraduates should not take BSTA 402 but will still need to fulfill those three credits with another quantitative course approved by advisor. 

 

Ph.D. in Population Health

The Ph.D. in Population Health degree prepares doctoral students to investigate, integrate and address health determinants using data science and develop novel and effective avenues for disease diagnosis and prevention, health promotion and intervention. The program combines foundational courses in population health with additional data science, qualitative research methods, population health survey methods, research ethics and policymaking. By providing a strong disciplinary and methodological foundation in population health through coursework, experiential learning opportunities, research projects and engagement with traditional and non-traditional partners to pursue a healthier world, the Ph.D. program prepares students to pursue an independent line of inquiry and develop their own body of research.  All Ph.D. students will be fully funded.

Course Course Title Credits
Core Requirements 27
POPH 401 Population Health Concepts and Methods  
POPH 403 Biological Basis of Population Health: Concepts and Methods  
POPH 405 Qualitative Research Methods  
POPH 409 Social Determinants of Population Health  
POPH 412 Research Ethics in Population Health  
POPH 416 Grant Writing  
BSTA 402 Health Data and Computational Science  
CGH 417 Teaching Community and Population Health  
EPI 404/304 Methods in Epidemiology I1  
Methods or Electives 27
Twelve graduate-level courses, a minimum of 36 credits, chosen in consultation with an adviser. Students are encouraged to take courses that will provide them with additional expertise in substantive and/or methodological areas of interest; three of these courses must focus on a methodological area of interest. Courses taken outside the College of Health must be approved by an advisor.
Population Health Dissertation Proposal2 6
POPH 482 Population Health Dissertation Proposal  
Students will work closely with their doctoral advisor and doctoral committee to develop their dissertation proposal. Students will orally defend their dissertation proposal to their doctoral committee and will need to obtain approval before proceeding to the dissertation phase.
Population Health Dissertation3 12
POPH 499 Population Health Dissertation  
Students will work closely with their doctoral advisor and doctoral committee to complete their dissertation project. Students will be required to pass their dissertation defense and incorporate feedback from the committee in order to meet the graduation requirements for the doctoral degree.
Total Minimum Credits 72
1 If EPI 304 /EPI 404 Methods in Epidemiology I was completed at the undergraduate level at the College of Health, the student will be expected to take EPI 450 Special Topics in Epidemiology or a second epidemiology course selected in conjunction with an advisor instead.
2 If students complete 72 credits beyond the undergraduate degree and prior to advancing to candidacy, they need to be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours per semester.
3 After completion of 72 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree, students are permitted to register for ‘Maintenance of Candidacy’ and will be charged a single credit hour of graduate tuition per semester.

 


 

Graduate Certificate Programs

The graduate certificates in Population Health and in Global Health will prepare students to learn and apply graduate-level introductory concepts and methodology in population health and global health. Certificate programs are ideal for students who may not be ready to commit to a Master's program. The 12 credits earned through the certificate program can be applied toward either the MPH or the MS in Population Health.

Graduate Certificate in Population Health

Course Course Title Credits
POPH 401 Population Health Concepts and Methods 3
EPI 404/304 Methods in Epidemiology I 3
BSTA 402 Health Data and Computational Science  
or POPH 405 Qualitative Research Methods 3
Elective chosen in consulattion with the advisor 3-4
  Total Credits 12-13

 

Graduate Certificate in Global Health

Course Course Title Credits
POPH 413 Foundations of Global Health 3
POPH 414 Global Health Research or Field Experience 3
BSTA 402 Health Data and Computational Science  
or POPH 405 Qualitative Research Methods 3
Elective chosen in consultation with the adviser 3
  Total Credits 12

MBA/MPH Dual Degree Program

The 1-MBA and Master of Public Health (MPH) dual degree program offers participating students the opportunity to gain strong strategic business skills with a focus on public health. The 1-MBA/MPH dual degree program enables students interested in the Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Occupational Health, and Health Care industries to capture two complimentary degrees within a one-and-a-half-year timeframe.

  • full time only for MBA degree, day classes | hybrid, mostly evening classes for the MPH degree
  • earn both degrees in 18 months
  • The quintessential degrees for gaining expertise in both public health and business

Public Health Leaders Create Impact

The 1-MBA/MPH Dual Degree will develop you into a career advocate for sound and effective health policy and place you as a key stakeholder at the convergence of science, education, innovation, and policy. You will gain expertise in the core domains of public health, investigate and address the determinants of health using data science, and develop novel and effective avenues for disease prevention and health promotion.

Business Experience Meets Policy-Making

In 18 months, you will earn both an MBA and an MPH. The Lehigh 1-MBA/MPH merges opportunity, rigor, and speed for professionals ready to pivot in their careers and reach new levels. This unique program allows you to leverage the experience and acumen of your own personalized four-person mentoring team. Our externship project immersion that's part of a consulting practicum, and our public health capstone/field experience will maximize your potential and turn your career aspirations into reality.

The Lehigh University 1-MBA/MPH Dual Degree program is ideal for those interested in advancing their careers in Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Occupational Health, and Health Care.

A Dedicated Mentoring Team

You will be assigned a mentoring team prior to arriving on campus. Your Personalized Team of advisors include:

  • 1-MBA and MPH  Program Faculty Advisors – Your Academic Guides to Program Success
  • Industry Executive Advisor  – Your Access to Building New Networks
  • Career Coach – To Build Your Personal Brand & Help Set Your Career Goals

Your mentor team is specifically focused on your professional goals and career aspirations. They will not only serve as mentors, they will assist you with professional development opportunities. Your successful completion of the 1-MBA/MPH is a major priority of your Mentoring Team.

The MBA Consulting Practicum 

The MBA Consulting Practicum will introduce you to fundamental consulting skills and provide knowledge, training, and development through relevant activities and experiences. Our EXTERNSHIPseries company projects transition you into substantive, practical experiences by having you serve in a consulting capacity on real company projects. You will be tackling real world problems to gain the hands-on experience employers seek in the graduating MBA candidates they recruit.

With consideration of your industry interest and skill set, you will be placed on a team of 3-4 people and paired with a series of company projects. You will have various deliverables throughout the program while keeping in close contact with the company client and being guided by your Faculty instructor.

MBA Capstone Unifying Experience and Professional Development

The 1-MBA includes a capstone experience that enables students to integrate learning across the entire program curriculum.

There are varying opportunities for Professional Development to ensure you get the most out of your MBA experience

The goal of the Capstone Learning Professional Development and Global Immersion experiences is to prepare you for unprecedented challenges and set you on your way to life-long success.

The MPH Applied Practice Experience/Capstone

As part of the MPH degree, all students must complete an Applied Practice Experience (APE). This is a supervised learning experience that connects the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom with the practice of public health. The APE provides students with opportunities to develop and refine problem-solving skills through the application of public health theories and methods in the field. It also allows students to explore career options and strengthen their network of public health professionals.

The Capstone is another required component of the MPH degree. In consultation with a faculty advisor, students select foundational and concentration-specific competencies relevant to the student’s educational and professional goals. The Capstone represents a culminating experience where the student produces a high-quality written product in which they synthesize information from their coursework with original research in public health.

Unique Curriculum Approach

You’ll begin with a series of core, foundational courses that will prepare you in the business fundamentals starting with Project Management. From there, you will begin to focus on courses taught from the stakeholder perspective. Societal shift courses are interwoven throughout the program and are designed to enable you to grapple with macro-level issues and challenges that affect businesses on a global scale. Throughout the One-year program, The Consulting Practicum’s EXTERNSHIPseries projects are designed to fully immerse you with hands-on experiential learning. The 1-MBA curriculum culminates with experiencing full integration of your knowledge in the Capstone Course. This unique curriculum approach provides you with a framework for navigating the business landscape throughout the course of your career.

During your first Spring semester, you will take foundational courses in public health, which include courses on epidemiology, health data and computational science, and health services, administration, politics, and policy. In the following semesters you will be given additional training in methods, and will take additional courses that refine your capacity to evaluate public health policies and interventions. As with the MBA component of the joint degree, the College of Health MPH curriculum incorporates different forms of experiential learning. Along with more traditional fieldwork opportunities, many of your courses will involve the use of real world data, and will provide opportunities for you to conduct analysis that you will share with public health professionals and policy makers. 

If you are a professional looking for a unique program that will enable you to confidently pivot in your health career with the best tools and opportunities, the Lehigh 1-MBA/MPH program is the ideal fit. 

For more information:

College of Health
Graduate Director
cohgrad@lehigh.edu

Lehigh Business
Graduate Recruiting Manager
business@lehigh.edu

Flex MBA with Public Health Concentration

Our part-time FLEX MBA program offers a concentration in Public Health

The FLEX MBA Public Health concentration combines business with public health management, offering students the opportunity to gain strong strategic business skills with a focus on public health. The Public Health concentration is designed for those interested in or involved in the Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Occupational Health, and Health Care industries. This concentration is comprised of 12 credits from approved courses and can be completed on-campus and online.

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