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Urban — Global Public Health

Master of Public Health (MPH) in LGBTQ Health (45 credits)

The MPH in LGBTQ Health concentration will prepare students to conduct research and/or work in public health programs dedicated to improving the health of LGBTQ individuals and communities. This new LGBTQ Health concentration addresses the growing need for health and health-related practitioners who are trained in addressing the unique and often challenging health needs of LGBTQ individuals. Students will have innovative coursework and a practicum experiences with leading LGBTQ health researchers. This is the first MPH concentration in LGBTQ Health to be offered by an accredited School of Public Health.


Competencies for the Master of Public Health (MPH) in LGBTQ Health (45 credits)

Each Concentration identifies competencies for each degree offered. These competencies reflect the full range of knowledge, skills, and other attributes that a student will acquire as a result of completing the requirements for a particular degree.

Upon graduation, a student completing the MPH curriculum in LGBTQ Health will be able to:

  • Describe the concept of gender, sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation as it is situated across public health, culture, history, legal, medicine, and the political context;
  • Understand the origins, causes and manifestations of health disparities among LGBTQ populations;
  • Use relevant sources (including public health literature and qualitative and quantitative data) to identify the health status and disparities in specific LGBTQ populations and communities;
  • Synthesize the existing literature to identify relevant health problems, policies, programs or gaps in the research to identify research agendas and questions that when addressed will contribute to the improvement of LGBTQ health;
  • Design research for diverse LGBTQ populations that address identified relevant health problems; and
  • Demonstrate advocacy techniques to improve the health of LGBTQ populations.


Students seeking the MPH in LGBTQ Health degree must complete 45 credits of academic work with a minimum GPA of least 3.0; earn no more than nine (9) credits bearing grades less than “B,” and complete the degree requirements within six years. Courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted and semester when each course is typically offered is noted parentheses. Students should review the Forward Schedule for long-term course planning and the Course Schedule for each semester to determine when, where, and how a course is offered.

Curriculum for the Master of Public Health (MPH) in LGBTQ Health (45 credits)

  • PUBLIC HEALTH CORE (18 credits)
    • PHCO 0501 - Health Systems and Policy
    • PHCO 0502 - Principles and Methods of Epidemiology
    • PHCO 0503 - Introduction to Environmental Health
    • PHCO 0504 - Introduction to Biostatistics (Prerequisite: Quantitative Skills Assessment)
    • PHCO 0505 - Social and Behavioral Health Sciences in Public Health
    • PHCO 0513 - Leadership and Management Essentials for Public Health
  • PRACTICUM (3 credits)
    Note: Students should review the Practice Experience webpage for information about Practicum.
    • PRAC 0715 - Applied Practice Experience (0 credits) [Prerequisite: APE Learning Agreement and select PHCO and concentration courses]
    • PRAC 0716 - Practicum Capstone (3 credits) [Prerequisite: Completion of the APE and Practicum Capstone Learning Agreement]
    • Review the School’s Registration Calendar for important MPH Practice Experience Registration dates specific to PRAC 0715 and PRAC 0716.
  • REQUIRED COURSES (18 credits) Note: Students should review the Course Descriptions in the School Catalog for specific information about prerequisites required for required courses and recommended electives.
    • UGPH 0640 - LGBTQ Health: History and Context (Fall)
    • UGPH 0642 - LGBTQ Health and Health Disparities (Spring)
    • UGPH 0644 - Methods for Hard to Reach Populations (Fall)
    • UGPH 0646 - Transgender Health (Fall)
    • UGPH 0648 - Public Health Aspects of HIV Prevention and Care (Spring)
    • HBSP 0652 - Program Planning and Evaluation (Fall/Spring/Summer)
  • OTHER REQUIREMENTS (0 credits) -- For Students Enrolled Fall 2018 and After
    • PRAC 0621 - Interprofessional Education (0 credits) [Fall/Spring]
      Students are required to register for and complete an Interprofessional Education activity prior to graduation.
  • ELECTIVES (6 credits)
    • Courses in LGBTQ Health as approved by advisor.