Intensive Research Pathway – CWRU Master of Public Health Program

What is it?

The Intensive Research Pathway (IRP) is alternative set of courses in the MPH program enhance a professional route toward research careers and PhD programs. This includes replacement of some core courses with more quantitative alternatives and specifying additional course requirements.

The IRP does not replace a student’s concentration. Rather, a student will apply the IRP to their chosen concentration. Students pursuing their MPH under the IRP will have fewer elective options and additional IRP required courses. IRP curriculum reflect a greater emphasis on population and quantitative health research skills and methodology.

Who should be interested?

Students who want research to be a strong part of their future career and have good quantitative aptitude.

What are the benefits?

Students taking this option will be strongly competitive for research assistant positions and better prepared for PhD study (with more courses counting towards a future PhD program). Dual-degree professionals will be trained for independent research success.


The MPH is not a research degree, yet many use it as a springboard for a career in research. The IRP makes it possible to take up to 24 credits of research courses (that the department’s MS and PhD students take) along with a 6 credit Capstone research project.

What majors does it work with?

The IRP can be done with any of the program’s five concentrations, but most closely aligns with the Population Health Research concentration. The courses used for the IRP are taken from the core and elective courses. Students can then choose their concentration. Additional coursework may be required to complete the IPR depending on the concentration and the courses selected.

When to Apply

Ideally, application for the IRP should happen after you apply for the MPH program and before you start taking courses. Since the IRP affects which courses you take the first semester, you are better off knowing prior to starting the program. Starting the IRP after already starting the MPH program is likely to require additional courses beyond the 42 credits needed for the MPH.

  How to Apply:

1. Fill out the application form here

2. Email the Administrative Director of the MPH program at to let them know you have applied.

  Your application will be reviewed by the IRP Committee: Daniel Tisch, PhD, MPH, Siran Koroukian, PhD, and Mendel Singer, PhD. MPH. The committee looks for evidence of strong quantitative aptitude or prior success in quantitative courses.

  How does it work?

Below is a table of Intensive Research Pathway curriculum.

Requirements for MPH degree (ANY CONCENTRATION – Intensive Research Pathway)
Course number Course name* Credits (if applicable)
MPHP 406 History and Philosophy of Public Health 3
MPHP 411 Introduction to Health Behavior 3
MPHP 429 Environmental Health 3
MPHP 439 Public Health Management and Policy 3
MPHP 490* Epidemiology: Introduction to Theory & Methods 3
MPHP 650 Public Health Practicum 3
MPHP 652 Public Health Capstone 6
PQHS 465 Design and Measurement in Population Health Sciences 3
PQHS 414 Data Management and Statistical Programming 3
MPHP 431* Statistical Methods I 3
MPHP 432 Statistical Methods II 3
Concentration Core Course 3
Concentration Core Course 3
Total Credits 42
*Replace Core Courses