Master of Public Health and Graduate Certificate in Public Health Courses

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Master of Public Health and Graduate Certificate in Public Health

MPH 500 Principles of Public Health and Health Promotion (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 Health Policy and 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 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.
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.
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 Capstone I: Research Design and Statistical Analysis (3)
This course will prepare students for their Capstone II Research project by offering fundamental skills for effective public health research. Through lecture, seminar presentations, collaborative peer-reviews, and hands-on approaches, students will be responsible for developing their research proposal for Captstone II. Topics will include Ethics and IRB procedures, research question development, literature review methods, quantitative and qualitative research methods, data gathering skills in the areas of survey design, qualitative interviewing, and accessing secondary data sources. Throughout the course you will be exposed to a variety of epidemiologic study designs and statistical methods, gain experience defending a research plan, and develop fundamental skills for presenting and publishing your findings.
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 in Public Health (1-3)
A special topics course highlighting specific areas or themes in public health.
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. Requires 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 will select a research topic, 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.