The Master of Public Health Degree Program is offered by LSU Shreveport and the Louisiana State University Health Science-Shreveport and includes 48 credit hours. The curriculum is specifically designed to prepare public health graduate students for careers in a public health setting.
All students complete a five course core (15 credit hours) that addresses the five areas of core knowledge identified by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH) as essential for all MPH students to demonstrate. An additional 21 credit hours in public health related courses are also completed. The last phase of the program consists of a practicum (3 credit hours) which students are required to complete 200 hours of practicum experience and produce a structured report that describes, analyzes; and critiques the experience. Students have the option of completing a MPH Capstone project (3 credit hours) or Master's thesis (6 credit hours). Students who choose the MPH Capstone project will complete an additional three credits of electives. Students who choose to complete a thesis may waive one elective. In both the practicum and culminating experiences, students are under the supervision and guidance of faculty and field based practitioners.