2023-24 Program Requirements
MPH 605 Public Health Needs Assessment and Planning (3 credits)
This course will assist students in identifying and gaining proficiency in the application of a variety of skills utilized by the health professional in planning and designing health promotion programs. Students will learn to utilize theoretical models to conduct needs assessment, write program objectives and design model-driven intervention strategies for various public health settings.
MPH 610 Biostatistics (3 credits)
This course prepares the student in the development and application of statistical reasoning and methods used to gather, analyze and interpret health data in public health; health care; biomedical, clinical and population-based research. Fundamentals will include descriptive statistics, estimation, hypothesis testing, precision, sample size, correlation, problems with categorization for continuous variables, multiple comparison problems, and interpreting of statistical results.
MPH 620 Social Aspects of Public Health (3 credits)
An overarching goal of the Healthy People Initiative is to “achieve health equity, eliminate disparities, and improve the health of all groups”. From a social ecological perspective, this course examines factors contributing to health disparities and explores how to address determinants of health so that health equity may be achieved through the promotion of health and the prevention of disease among all groups.
MPH 615 Environmental Health (3 credits)
An introduction to the chemical, physical and biological factors affecting human health and disease, and how monitoring and control techniques can reduce the impact of the environment on global health.
MPH 625 Public Health Implementation and Evaluation (3 credits)
The second of a two-course sequence (MPH 605, MPH 625) that provides students with a comprehensive overview of the practical and theoretical principles and skills needed to plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs in public health settings. Emphasis is placed on specific methods and models used, public health data, an understanding and evaluation of health promotion theories, and applications made to the design to change the determinants of behavior.
MPH 630 Epidemiology (3 credits)
An introduction to epidemiology as a body of knowledge and a method for analyzing public health issues. Emphasis is on how to measure and describe the health of populations the natural history of diseases in population groups, standardization of rates, sources of data, study designs, measurements of risk, evaluation of screening tests, casual inferences and outbreak investigation.
MPH 635 Community Health Administration (3 credits)
An introduction to the structure and functions of the American health-care system, public health practice in the United States and basic managerial responsibilities. Emphasis is on management tasks and styles, structure and trends of the health-care system, legal and regulatory framework for public health, organizational and community assessment, public health settings and services.
MPH 640 Ethical Issues in Public Health (3 credits)
This course examines ethical theories and explores health-related ethical issues, preparing students to uphold professional ethics, to identify and evaluate ethical dilemmas, and to make ethical decisions within the context of health profession.
MPH 653 Public Health Practicum (3 credits)
Apply public health core competencies and skills working in a public health setting under the supervision of a preceptor or completing a research project under the guidance of a faculty sponsor.
MPH 655 Public Health Capstone Seminar (3 credits)
Demonstration of the synthesis and integration of knowledge gained through the coursework and other learning experiences with the application of theory and principle to various public health issues. Students will write a prospectus paper building upon their internship experience to demonstrate how they will continue that work, and what outcomes they will accomplish in the coming 5-10 years.
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