The Master of Public Health (MPH) program is designed for working adults interested in making a difference in the health and wellness of others through the promotion of community and public health. The curriculum offers the knowledge and skills drawn from a variety of disciplines and is aligned with national public health education competency standards.
To ensure graduates are well prepared for present and future public health roles and demands, this degree program offers the opportunity to build knowledge and skills through the completion of a comprehensive core of courses as well as having the ability to deepen an area of interest through the selection of courses from electives in three areas: Global Health, Psycho-Behavioral Dimensions of Public Health, and Public Health Leadership. Student can choose to focus in one of those three areas or they can decide to take electives from all of those areas.
Graduates are prepared to deliver outstanding professional services, excel as leaders and managers, be sensitive to and understand diverse populations, and appreciate the importance of education, research, and policy-making in the dynamic field of public health. Public Health practitioners may assume leadership roles in hospitals/clinics, pharmaceutical companies, health insurance companies, and consulting firms. Other career paths include local, state, or federal health department administrators, health educator, policy analyst, and planner positions. Additionally, some public health professionals take on roles in community organizations and local non-profit companies that focus on specific health issues in health advocacy or research positions.
The MPH is a 42-credit program, consisting of a core of 27 credits, 6 credits of field work and capstone, and 9 credits of an emphasis area.
In accordance with the Council on Education for Public Health accreditation criteria, students enrolled in the MPH program must acquire and demonstrate skills in basic public health concepts and demonstrate the application of these concepts through a planned, supervised, and experienced practice experience (fieldwork) that is relevant to students’ areas of specialization.
Students will be enrolled in three credit hours over two Seminar courses.The MPH is a 42-credit program, consisting of a core of 27 credits, 6 credits of field work and capstone, and 9 credits of an emphasis area. The students will complete a minimum of 75 hours of fieldwork in a seven-week term, and 25 hours of fieldwork in a second seven week term. While they are conducting their fieldwork the students will be enrolled in an online course where they will be able to discuss fieldwork challenges and achievement, focusing specifically on the application of MPH principles to the specific work environment.
Public Health Law, Regulation, and Ethics
This course examines the critical relationship between health law, regulation, and ethics. Emphasis is on the contemporary challenges of how public health law, regulation, and bioethical decisions influence the practice and delivery of public health. Principles of law, legal sources of power, legal obligations of healthcare providers, and examination of the US legal system as well as other national and international governmental and private entities are covered. Workplace and environmental regulations such as medical malpractice, public health safety, administrative and public health as they relate to individual rights, substance abuse, communicable disease, and technology are included. Also explored are the basic tenets of bioethics such as human rights, social justice, other ethical principles and theories, and ethical decision making models.
Psychological, Social, Behavioral, Cultural and Biological Issues in Public Health
This course examines theories, concepts, models, and methods of social, behavioral, cultural, and biological sciences relevant to the identification and solution of public health issues in diverse communities and populations. Explored are cultural perspectives, the relationships within and between families, and health disparities between populations and their impact on designing health services, such as the biological factors that may create stressors. Students will gain an understanding of levels of prevention, the need for cultural competence, and community based intervention strategies.
Emerging Trends in Global Health
This course examines global health issues and determinants in an array of countries. It covers global challenges and the social, economic, and epidemiological causes. Emphasis is on the evaluation of current and emerging trends in global health such as pandemics, disparities in populations’ health and disease, chronic illness, paucity of resources, a limited healthcare workforce, and the stressors associated with determining and dealing with limited health resource allocation.