Masters of Public Health in Public Health Policy and Law

The MPH Program accepts students for Fall and Spring semesters. Applicants must apply through SOPHAS as well as complete a UToledo Student Conduct Form and pay a UToledo Graduate Application Fee to the University of Toledo. All required documentation must be submitted to SOPHAS electronically.


  • Degree
    • An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
    • Regular admission: GPA > 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) required
    • Provisional admission may be offered for applicants with 2.7 < GPA < 3.0
  • Foundation Courses (required undergraduate courses)
    • All students must have completed courses in college-level mathematics and social sciences
  • Official Transcripts
    • Official transcripts from all institutions where any undergraduate or other courses, including any graduate degrees, must be sent directly to SOPHAS
    • Transcripts from international institutions MUST be translated into English and evaluated onto a 4.0 scale using WES (World Education Services)
  • English Language Proficiency
    • An English proficiency score from either TOEFL (80 or higher) or IELTS (6.5 or higher) must be submitted
    • No other English proficiency scores are accepted by the program
  • Resume
    • A current resume must be uploaded
  • Statement of Purpose
    • A Statement of Purpose indicating why the applicant wants to pursue the MPH program must be uploaded
    • Applicants may also use this statement to explain any discrepancies in their academic record
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • A minimum of three letters are required, which can be requested within the SOPHAS application
    • Two of these letters MUST be from someone having a graduate degree
    • The credential of the writer must be included in the recommendation letter

All MPH students are required to take the following 9 (24 credit hours) core courses. 

PUBH 6000Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis in Public Health3
PUBH 6010Public Health Epidemiology3
PUBH 6020Management and Leadership in Public Health3
PUBH 6050 Concepts and Issues in Environmental Health3
PUBH 6080Social Determinants of Health3
PUBH 6090Issues in Public Health3
PUBH 6900Interprofessional Education for Public Health1
PUBH 6950Integrative Learning Experience2
One of the Following Must Be Completed:3
Internship in Public Health
Project in Public Health
Total Hours24

All PHPL majors are required to take the following 5 (15 credit hours) major specific courses. In addition, all PHPL majors are required to take 2 (6 total credit hours) advised electives of any masters level course.

LAWM 5000Law And The Legal System3
LAWI 6630Health Law3
LAWT 6600Special Topics (Public Health Law)3
PUBH 6620Introduction to Health Policy and Health Systems3
PUBH 6630Public Health Advocacy3
Two graduate course electives (6cr) from any program (with advisor approval)6
Total Hours21
  • PLO 1. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice;
  • PLO 2. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context;
  • PLO 3. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate;
  • PLO 4. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice;
  • PLO 5. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Compare the organization, structure, and function of health care, public health, and regulatory systems across national and international settings;
  • PLO 6. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities, and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community, and societal levels;
  • PLO 7. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Assess population needs, assets, and capacities that affect communities' health;
  • PLO 8. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs;
  • PLO 9. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Design a population-based policy, program, project, or intervention;
  • PLO 10. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management;
  • PLO 11. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Select methods to evaluate public health programs;
  • PLO 12. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence;
  • PLO 13. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes;
  • PLO 14. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Advocate for political, social, or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations;
  • PLO 15. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity;
  • PLO 16. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Apply principles of leadership, governance, and management, which includes creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration, and guiding decision making;
  • PLO 17. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges;
  • PLO 18. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors;
  • PLO 19. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation;
  • PLO 20. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content;
  • PLO 21. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Perform effectively on interprofessional teams;
  • PLO 22. FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Apply systems thinking to a public health issue.
  • PLO 1. PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY AND LAW COMPETENCIES: Demonstrate how legal rules from cases, statutes, and regulations apply to specific factual situations;
  • PLO 2. PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY AND LAW COMPETENCIES: Interpret when legal authority can intervene in public health based on powers and limitations;
  • PLO 3. PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY AND LAW COMPETENCIES: Select appropriate kinds of legal interventions to address specific public health issues and evaluate the merits of the interventions;
  • PLO 4. PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY AND LAW COMPETENCIES: Evaluate and weigh the relative merits of various local, state, and federal legal interventions for public health;
  • PLO 5. PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY AND LAW COMPETENCIES: Interpret key policy concerns and ethical considerations shaping public health law and distinguish the roles of public health professionals and lawyers in exercising these responsibilities;
  • PLO 6. PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY AND LAW COMPETENCIES: Influence health policy and program decision-making using scientific knowledge, analysis, communication, and consensus building;
  • PLO 7. PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY AND LAW COMPETENCIES: Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.