Master of Public Health Program College of Veterinary Medicine Kansas State University

Master of Public Health Program College of Veterinary Medicine Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas
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Interdisciplinary MPH degree from a top-ranked university

The Kansas State University Master of Public Health program (MPH) is an interdisciplinary graduate program which involves faculty members from twelve departments in four colleges. The program is designed to provide graduate-level education for individuals currently employed in or anticipating a career in public health. Class format may be online, in-class, or a hybrid of both.

The KSU program has attracted a diverse group of students, representing 31 states and territories, and 20 other countries. Currently, there are approximately 100 students who are pursuing the MPH degree or the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Core Concepts.

Kansas State University is recognized by the "Princeton Review" as one of America's best colleges, and "US News & World Report" ranks the university among the top 75 public universities in the US.

The K-State MPH degree program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Broad-based public health curriculum

The MPH degree program requires 42 graduate credit hours covering courses in each of the five broad aspects of public health, including epidemiology, environmental health sciences, biostatistics, health service administration, and social and behavioral sciences, as well as one of four areas of emphasis. The objective of the program is to prepare individuals to better address population health issues on local, state, national, and international levels.

Four Areas of Emphasis

The MPH degree program at K-State offers four areas of emphasis: Food Safety and Biosecurity, Infectious Diseases and Zoonoses, Public Health Nutrition, and Public Health Physical Activity.

The Food Safety and Biosecurity area of emphasis prepares graduates to recognize, evaluate, and control food-borne agents and toxins. Additional courses explore the multidisciplinary nature of food biosecurity and defense research, education and training to the vitality of the community.

The Infectious Diseases and Zoonoses area of emphasis prepares graduates to be leaders for zoonoses protection programs, investigation of new and emerging infectious diseases, strengthening the public's ability to respond to bioterrorism and biosecurity emergencies, and coordinating rapid response activities among government, agriculture industries, non-profit organizations and academia.

The Public Health Nutrition area of emphasis focuses on the study of the interaction between nutrition and health and the application of sound nutritional principles to promoting healthy eating. Curriculum topics include: nutritional epidemiology, nutrition and physical activity, and the communication of nutrition messages to at-risk populations.

The Public Health Physical Activity area of emphasis prepares graduates for experimental, clinical, and epidemiological theory and research addressing the public health issues or promoting physical activity. The curriculum examines the social factors and psychological determinants associated with failure to initiate and/or adhere to exercise and physical activity programs.

Various options for culminating experiences

All MPH degree program students at Kansas State University must complete a culminating experience, chosen from 3 main options. These include (1) field experience with a capstone project presentation and defense; (2) field experience and public health research thesis presentation and defense; or (3) field experience and master's report presentation and defense.

Past field experiences have included diverse placements at local, state, federal and international public health agencies.

Graduate certificate also available

The MPH degree program also offers a graduate certificate in Public Health Core Concepts (14-16 graduate credit hours), designed to provide a strong foundation of knowledge in the core areas of public health: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health services administration, and social and behavioral sciences.

Interdisciplinary faculty

Dr. Michael B. Cates is professor and director of the MPH degree program. His background includes more than 34 years in a combination of veterinary medicine and public health.

There are currently a total of 56 MPH program faculty members in four academic colleges at Kansas State University with expertise in the areas of food safety and biosecurity, infectious diseases and zoonoses, public health nutrition, public health physical activity, agriculture, arts and sciences, human ecology, and veterinary medicine.

Large student body in a bustling college town

Kansas State University is home to more than 24,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The MPH degree program is housed in the College of Veterinary Medicine on the university's main campus in Manhattan, KS. Known locally as the "Little Apple," the college town of 50,000 in the northeast part of the state is approximately two hours west of Kansas City, MO and two hours north of Wichita, KS.

Location & Contact

Master of Public Health Program

College of Veterinary Medicine
Kansas State University

311 Trotter
Manhattan, KS 66506
United States

Dr. Michael Cates

Director and Professor

Phone: 785-532-2117

Barta Stevenson

Program Assistant

Phone: 785-532-2042

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Degree Degrees Offered
    • Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree MPH Degree – Food Safety and Biosecurity
      MPH Degree – Infectious Diseases and Zoonoses
      MPH Degree – Public Health Nutrition
      MPH Degree – Public Health Physical Activity
      DVM / MPH Degree
      BS / MPH Degree
      Graduate Certificate in Public Health Core Concepts
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 26
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 7
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


90% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 37
    • Accepted 33
    • Acceptance Rate 90
    • Enrolled 25
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Deadline July 1st January 1st Not Reported
    • *Domestic students two months before semester begins. International students accepted only for Fall enrollment only, deadline January 1.
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesMinimum undergraduate GPA 3.0 in last 60 hours of coursework; GRE test scores and 3 recommendations.
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL scores (minimum score iBT TOEFL with no part below 20; IELTS minimum score of 6.5 with no score below 6.5; minimum score 550 paper-based with no part below 55); Financial documents dated within 9 months of enrollment.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$8,000
    • Out-of-state tuition *$16,000
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans
    • *Contact emphasis area departments for application procedure for assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students95
    • Female Percentage75%
    • Male Percentage25%
  • Student Statistics
    • Average Age30
    • Average Applicants per Year38
    • Average Acceptance Rate91%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students95
    • Part-time Percentage35%
    • Full-time Percentage65%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino1%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian93%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty56
    • Full-time Percentage78%
    • Part-time Percentage22%
    • Female Percentage42%
    • Male Percentage58%