2015-2016 Master of Public Health and Certificate Courses

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MPH 500 Principles of Public Health Practice (3)
This course will introduce and analyze the Ten Essential Services of Public Health. The essential services include monitoring the health status of a community, diagnosing and investigating health problems and hazards, health education, community partnerships and bridge-building, health planning and policy, health and safety regulations and laws, health services particularly for the underserved, workforce training and regulation, health services evaluation, and health research.
MPH 510 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (3)
This course will examine the relationship between cultural, social and behavioral factors and its role in both individual and population health. A general overview of social and behavioral sciences relevant to public health will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the complex interactions between health at the level of individuals and groups and how they are affected by cultural and social determinants.
MPH 520 Environmental Health (3)
This course will provide a theoretical  overview of environmental factors, including physical, biological and chemical factors, and their impact on health at a community-level.
MPH 530 Principles of Epidemiology (3)
This course will provide an overview of the epidemiologic tools necessary to understand the complex interactions between health outcomes and human populations. Students will be able to properly apply these epidemiological methods to public health practice.. Topics covered include measures of disease frequency and risk, study design, screening, and understanding and controlling for confounding and bias in epidemiology.
MPH 540 Healthcare Management (3)
This course will provide students with an understanding of various approaches to administration and management, as they apply to administering public health programs. The course will examine the underlying elements of healthcare management, the administrative processes and issues in carrying out these elements, and then explore the strategies for managing population health across selected functional areas and organizational boundaries.
MPH 555 Global Health (3)
This course will provide students with an understanding of public health on a global scale. The course will cover specific topics in global health, including infectious diseases, chronic diseases, women and children’s health, nutrition, occupational and environmental diseases, mental health, culture/religion and health, traditional and indigenous health, and health care systems.
MPH 565 Principles of Health Policy and Management (3)
This course will examine health policy management and its overall effect on individuals, communities, and governmental agencies.. Students will develop an understanding of  the government policies and economic characteristics affecting the U.S. health care system, such as Medicaid/Medicare,  HMOs, malpractice, tort reform, the FDA, and universal health care. The course will reinforce concepts with reviews and critiques of contemporary heath care policy initiatives aimed at moderating health care costs and assuring universal access to health care services.
MPH 575 Introduction to SAS Programming (3)
This course will introduce students to SAS programming. SAS is a powerful data management and statistical analysis software package, used extensively in health and medical research, in academic, government and private sectors. Students will learn how to create SAS databases from a variety of sources, manipulate and manage the data, conduct elementary statistical analysis, and output and present the data.
MPH 600 Public Health Ethics and Leadership (3)
This course will provide students with an understanding of the principles of leadership and ethical professional practice. Content areas will include leadership and ethical theory, personal leadership, leadership in organizations, leadership in communities and leadership in research. This course will prepare students to make reasoned ethical decisions when engaged in public health practice or public health research.
MPH 621 Practicum I (3)
This practicum course will provide students with direct, hands-on experience comparable to a career position suitable for someone with an advanced public health degree. The practicum experience will not only supplement the student’s coursework and enrich their academic experience, but also prepare the student for employment after completion of their degree. A minimum of 90 on-site hours is required. Prerequisites: MPH 500, 510, 630.
MPH 622 Practicum II (3)
This practicum course is a continuation of MPH 621 and will continue to provide students with direct, hands-on experience comparable to a career position suitable for someone with an advanced public health degree. The practicum experience will not only supplement the student’s coursework and enrich their academic experience, but also prepare the student for employment after completion of their degree. A minimum of 90 on-site hours is required. Prerequisites: MPH 500, 510, 630.
MPH 630 Statistical Methods for Public Health (3)
This course will cover the biostatistical tools necessary to critically analyze health data and conduct quantitative and qualitative health research.  Students will be able to properly apply these biostatistical methods to public health practice. Topics covered include concepts in probability, basic statistical theory, distributions, basic statistical measures of location, spread and shape, hypothesis testing, univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analysis of continuous and categorical data, and strategies in selecting the proper statistical analysis method for a given data set.
MPH 635 Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Public Health (3)
This course will apply advanced epidemiological and biostatistical methods to public health practice. The following concepts will be covered: measures of disease frequency and issues pertaining to screening, misclassification, effect modification and confounding, advanced study design, multivariate modeling, cluster analysis, meta-analysis, limitations of epidemiology, and strategies in choosing the proper study design. Prerequisites: MPH 500, 510, 520, 530, 540, 630.
MPH 640 Program Planning and Evaluation in Public Health (3)
This course will provide students with the knowledge necessary to identify community-based needs, design and implement public health interventions, and evaluate their effectiveness.  The course will cover several knowledge and skill areas including: research methods, proposal writing, budget planning, project management, and program evaluation. Students will learn the process of public health programming including research methods, proposal writing, budget planning, assessment, design, planning, implementations, project management, and evaluation.
MPH 645 Special Topics (1–3)
A special topics course highlighting specific areas or themes in public health. Prerequisites may vary with course content.
MPH 655 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3)
This course will provide  an overview of the foundations and methods used in assessing the phenomena of infectious disease from a public health perspective, specifically outbreak investigations and control measures. The cause and treatment of common infectious diseases are explored.
MPH 668 Directed Studies (1–3)
Directed studies are independent pursuits of topics/areas not covered by core or elective courses. Prerequisites: consent of instructor, director, and school dean.
MPH 690 Capstone Research Project (6)
This capstone course will require students to synthesize all previous course work and practical experience to generate an evidence-based public health research project. Students willselect a research topic, attend workshops and lectures, submit intermediate assignments, generate a submission-quality research paper, and present the results to peers and faculty. Faculty mentors will provide guidance along each step of the research process.Prerequisites: MPH 500, 510, 520, 530, 540, 630.