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Program Concentrations

mph students pose All students in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program complete core public health course work in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, social and behavioral determinants of health, and public health administration. Additionally, students complete coursework and participate in research experiences that develop their knowledge and skills specific to their selected concentration. A description of each concentration follows:

Behavioral, Social and Community Health Concentration

The Behavioral, Social, and Community Health concentration prepares students to focus on the social and behavioral sciences that are essential for understanding health behaviors and for developing effective health promotion interventions. Students complete coursework related to the social, behavioral, and cultural determinants of health, the design, implementation, and evaluation of health behavior change interventions, and the foundations of serving as a leader in community-based settings. Throughout the program, students work closely with faculty and community leaders who are engaged in research and practice across a broad and diverse range of communities and health issues. Learn more about the MPH in BSCH here: 

For additional information or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Brian Dodge, BSCH Concentration Coordinator, bmdodge@indiana.edu

Biostatistics Concentration

The Biostatistics concentration prepares students to select appropriate methodologies, develop innovative research designs, and analyze data from studies related to emerging public health issues. Coursework is completed in experimental analysis and research design, multivariate statistical analysis, and other advanced statistical methodologies. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and leaders in the community to apply research skills to practical projects related to public health. Learn more about the MPH in Biostatistics here:

For additional information or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Zhongxue Chen, BIO Concentration Coordinator, zc3@indiana.edu

Environmental Health Concentration

The Environmental Health students in this concentration gain technical skills for the development, implementation and evaluation of practices that seek to identify, prevent or minimize the adverse impact of environmental and occupational hazards on human health. Students complete coursework related to the assessment and control of environmental and occupational exposures, the effects of these exposures on human health, principles of toxicology, and toxic regulations and policies. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to communicate environmental health risks to the public, analyze the impact of environmental assaults and exposures to susceptible populations, and manage environmental and occupational risks.  Learn more about the MPH in Environmental Health here:

For additional information or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Barbara Hocevar, EH Concentration Coordinator at bhocevar@indiana.edu

Epidemiology Concentration

The Epidemiology concentration prepares students to conceptualize a public health problem, design epidemiological studies, collect and analyze data, and interpret and disseminate results to a broad range of public health constituents. Students complete advanced coursework in epidemiological methods, and the epidemiology of chronic, infectious and social diseases. Upon completion of the program, students will have the skills to perform epidemiologic analyses that influence health and disease management and that contribute to the understanding of etiologies of disease prevention and wellness. Learn more about the MPH in Epidemiology here:

For additional information or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Juhua Luo, EPI Concentration Coordinator, juhluo@indiana.edu

Family Health Concentration

The Family Health concentration prepares students with the skills and knowledge necessary to develop and implement family focused strengths based interventions, educational programs, and policies that benefit public health.  The concentration course work for the MPH-FH builds upon the public health core to provide students with expertise in how family environments, dynamics, and resources affect individuals’ health and wellness. The courses integrate theoretical and empirical knowledge from the family studies, human development, and public health disciplines in order to educate students about how families can enhance and/or undermine health. Students will be able to specialize in a specific period of the lifespan (e.g., childhood, adolescence, early and middle adulthood, or later adulthood) to gain knowledge relating to their career goals. Learn more about the MPH in Family Health here:

For additional information or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Jonathon Beckmeyer, FH Concentration Coordinator, at jbeckmey@indiana.edu

Physical Activity Concentration

The Physical Activity concentration trains professionals to effectively quantify physical activity, monitor populations, and design interventions focused on improving health through the promotion of physical activity. Students will learn how to assess physical activity behavior, to apply behavioral theories when designing physical activity interventions, use epidemiology techniques to describe the relationship between physical activity and health and to develop public health policies aimed at impacting physical activity behavior. Students will have the opportunity to work with faculty with interdisciplinary interests such as health games, worksite wellness, recreation, and disabilities. Learn more about the MPH in Physical Activity here:

For additional information or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Jeanne Johnston, PA Concentration Coordinator at jdjohnst@indiana.edu

Professional Health Education Concentration

The Professional Health Education concentration trains students to meet the health challenges of the 21st century as professionals in a variety of public health settings.  These settings may include but are not limited to health care, government, social assistance, and religious, grant making, civic, professional, and similar organizations.  More specifically, acquired professional knowledge and skills of our graduates will enable them to identify and engage in multi-disciplinary collaborations.  Acquired skills target educational initiatives to address public health needs and empower individuals and communities that include the acquisition of health information, public understanding of that information, and public utilization of information to enhance health promoting behaviors.  All three are dependent upon health literacy and concomitant high quality, effective health education-based strategies, programs and interventions to make it meaningful and useful to the public.  In professional practice, graduates will be prepared to become leaders in various public health settings for developing, promoting, and delivering health enhancing educational-based programs that promote individual and family health throughout the lifespan.  Learn more about the MPH in Professional Health Education here:

For additional information or if you have questions, please contact to Dr. Nancy Ellis, PHE Concentration Coordinator, at ellisn@indiana.edu

Public Health Administration Concentration

The Public Health Administration concentration prepares students to assume leadership roles in the public and private sectors and to effectively create and implement policies and manage programs that promote the public’s health.  It is a multidisciplinary field, combining management and system sciences economics, policy studies, and organizational theory for the effective deliver of public health services.  Public health administration students focus on the organization, financing and outcomes of public health and health services.  Coursework is completed in health policy, finance and budgeting, program evaluation, public health organizations and systems, leadership, and resource acquisition and management. Students have the opportunity for significant practice involvement with public health and health services organizations in Indiana and beyond. Learn more about the MPH in Public Health Administration here:

For additional information or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Michael Hendryx, PHA Concentration Coordinator at hendryx@indiana.edu

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