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Public Health


Wright State University School of Medicine is pleased to offer the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree, a graduate program for leaders in public health. Four concentrations are available including: Public Health Management, Health Promotion & Education, Emergency Preparedness and Public Health Nursing. The M.P.H. program is founded on the principles of community-academic partnership, with the strength of seven Colleges/Schools at Wright State University, collaboration with the University of Cincinnati, and participation with 24 health districts throughout a sixteen county region.

The program is the first in the nation to incorporate a community-based, interdisciplinary educational program in public health with this particular combination of colleges and schools. While grounded in traditional classroom instruction, distance learning plays a key role in the program. The program is responsive to the educational needs of working professionals in southwestern Ohio who serve over 2.8 million residents.


Graduate School Admissions

Applicants must fulfill the requirements for admission established by the School of Graduate Studies. Minimum graduate school requirements include an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 (based on a 4.0 grading scale). Official Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test scores must be submitted, except for applicants with an earned graduate or advanced professional degree.

MPH Requirements for Admissions

Students must submit: (1) a personal statement of interest addressing career goals and objectives; (2) three letters of recommendation, preferably from a public health or other healthcare or community professional, (3) a completed MPH application form, and (4) official GRE test scores, as indicated above. An on-site interview is required priop to a final admission determination.

Degree Requirements

Seven core courses will be offered and must be completed by all students admitted to the program. Each student will select one concentration area of study and complete a minimum of 12 hours of study in that area. A field placement is completed during the summer quarter between the first and second year of study. Each student will work with a faculty representative and a community preceptor. The second component of the applied learning is the intensive culminating project. Each student will work with his or her faculty advisor to develop an appropriate applied project. The applied project will include elements from the core courses as well as mastery of the concentration area of study. The student will have a primary program committee including an academic advisor, one additional university faculty member, and a field practicum representative. Program committee members will work closely with students in the development and completion of the project. The culminating experience has three primary components: a proposal, a written applied project paper, and an oral presentation.


Program Administration

Richard J. Schuster, M.D., M.M.M. – Program Director
William A. Mase, M.A. – Associate Director
James Ebert, M.D. – Public Health Management Director
Marietta A. Langlois, Ph.D. - Health Promotion and Education Director
Barbara A. Fowler, Ed.D., D.N.Sc., - Public Health Nursing Director
Mark Gebhart, M.D. – Emergency Preparedness Director
Petra Weaver, Program Coordinator

Core Faculty

Harry J. Khamis, Ph.D., - Biostatistics
Marietta A. Langlois, Ph.D. – Social & Behavioral Sciences
William A. Mase, M.A. – Introduction to Public Health & Policy
John S. McAlearney, Ph.D. – Health Economics
Sara J. Paton, Ph.D. – Epidemiology
Richard J. Schuster, M.D., M.M.M. – Health Systems Management
TBA – Environmental Health

Health Promotion & Education Faculty

Marietta A. Langlois, Ph.D., Director
Katherine L. Cauley, Ph.D.
Dan DeStephen, Ph.D.
Charlotte Harris, Ph.D.
Bonnie R. Mathies, Ph.D.
Drew Pringle, Ed.D.
Norma J. Shepelak, Ph.D.

Public Health Management Faculty

James Ebert, M.D., Director
Christopher J. Barde, M.D.
Gerald E. Crites, M.D.
Jack L. Dustin, Ph.D.
Robert E. Hickey, Jr., J.D.
Jerri Killian, Ph.D.
Michael R. Kriner, B.S.
Douglas A. Magenheim, M.D., M.B.A.
William A. Mase, M.A.
John S. McAlearney, Ph.D.
Daniel D. Mefford, C.P.A., M.B.A.
Thomas F. Murphy, M.D., M.P.H.
William J. Pammer, Jr., Ph.D.
Arthur Pickoff, M.D.
Craig Self, C.H.E., M.B.A.
Charles A. Stemple, D.O., M.B.A.
Jennifer E. Subban, Ph.D.
Marianne L. Weber, M.Arch., M.H.S.A.
Mary V. Wenning, Ph.D.
Kathleen M. Wolner, M.D.
Peter K. Wong, Ph.D., M.B.A., R.Ph.
Richard Wyderski, M.D., M.M.M.

Public Health Nursing Faculty

Barbara A. Fowler, Ed.D., D.N.Sc., Director
Annette S. Canfield, M.S.N.
Carol A. Holdcraft, D.N.S.
Lynne M. Kelley, M.S.N., M.P.H.
Donna Miles-Curry, Ph.D.
Virginia N. Nehring, Ph.D.
Kristine A. Scordo, Ph.D., R.N.

Public Health Clinical Faculty

Gary Crum, Ph.D., M.P.H.
James Luken, R.S., M.P.H.
Mark McDonnell, M.S.
Morton Nelson, M.D.
Charles Patterson, M.B.A.

Course of Study

Core Curriculum Credit Hours (Quarter)
Introduction to Public Health and Health Policy4
Health Systems Management4
Biostatistics for Health Professionals4
Public Health Epidemiology4
Environmental Health4
Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health4
Economics of Health and Health Policy4
Sub Total28 credit hours
Concentration course (12 hours)
Concentration Course4
Concentration Course4
Concentration Course4
Subtotal12 credit hours
Practice Placement4
Culminating Experience8
Subtotal12 credit hours

Total Hours52 credit hours

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