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Master of Public Health

Public Policy Development and Advocacy Concentration

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Full-Time
  • 30 Months

Embracing the evolving landscape of healthcare, this program integrates theory, research, professional practice, and innovation into addressing public health concerns. In the Public Policy Development and Advocacy concentration in the Master of Public Health program in Los Angeles, students develop skills essential to community engagement, collective policy development and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. […]

Embracing the evolving landscape of healthcare, this program integrates theory, research, professional practice, and innovation into addressing public health concerns. In the Public Policy Development and Advocacy concentration in the Master of Public Health program in Los Angeles, students develop skills essential to community engagement, collective policy development and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels.

Graduates of this Los Angeles M.A. degree program will be able to:

  • Design and conduct effective and original research to positively impact and advance the field
  • Recognize the implications of complex public health decisions within various multicultural, political, and global factors
  • Convey strategies across diverse communities and populations with the goal of improving health outcomes
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical leadership inclusive of strategic planning and decision-making skills

 

Master of Public Health, Public Policy Development, and Advocacy: Los Angeles Student Experience

Located in the heart of Los Angeles, the most diverse state in the U.S., Master of Public Health students will benefit from significant networking opportunities as they experience real-world training in the city’s rapidly evolving downtown business district. Together they learn from and work side-by-side with experienced, qualified, and passionate faculty practitioners.

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In addition, students enrolled in the program are offered the opportunity for hands-on learning through ConCISE, a student-run consulting firm with a mission of providing solutions to business and organizations throughout Southern California.

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Global Issues of Culture, Health and Wellness

This course examines theories, concepts, models, and methods of social, behavioral, and culture relevant to the identification and solution of global public health challenges. Concepts of international and multicultural health and wellness, illness and the etiology of disease are introduced framed by the social determinants of health. Understanding the levels of prevention, the need for cultural competence and community-based intervention strategies are discussed. Explore the needs of immigrants, displaced persons, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Examine the health disparities between populations and their impact on designing effective, promising-practice health services. The course includes a required 10-day international study abroad experience.

Dimensions of Community Assessment, Environmental, and Occupational Health

This course examines the principles and practices of assessing the health of a community and its risk factors. Included are health status and profiles, determinants of health, and needs and capacity assessment strategies. Focus is on using assessments for community/public health prevention and interventions. Also covered are the impact of physical, chemical and biological factors of the environment on health and environmental influences on various ecosystems and the workplace. Explored are community/industrial hygiene and injury control, radiation, water and air quality, wastewater and food safety, hazardous and solid waste management, vector control, toxicology related to work and other environments, the relationship of environmental exposure and disease, communicable disease, and bioterrorism. Emphasis is on public health surveillance and analyses, current and future occupational and environmental health problems and issues, and the role of regulatory agencies.

Public Policy Development: Essentials of Communication, Collaboration, Advocacy

This course examines the development of policies and procedures to support the health and welfare of populations. Focus will be on identifying common challenges among and between people, developing skills to support mutual collaboration and problem solving and finding areas of common ground. Emphasis will be placed on identifying effective strategies to address shared health and wellness population challenges. Focus will be on developing public policy responses to community challenges and advocating for changes at the local, regional and national levels through public and private partnerships.

In accordance with national accreditation standards, MPH students acquire skills in basic public health domains and apply these skills through a community-based fieldwork experience relevant to their career objectives. MPH students complete a minimum of 100 hours of fieldwork over a 15-week semester. Through their supervised field experience, students apply MPH principles to real-world settings.

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c/o The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
350 N Orleans St, Suite 1050
Chicago, IL 60654-1822

Application to the MPH Program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Students applying to the Master of Public Health program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Essay – Please answer the following two questions within three double spaced typed pages (approximately 500-750 words). Essay must specifically address the program/specialization for which you are applying.
    • How will your personal and professional accomplishments, academic background, and experience contribute to your success in this program?
    • How will the successful completion of this Program support your professional career goals?
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae – Relevant work experience is recommended
  • Interview with Program Chair or Faculty Designee.
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • N/A
  • Previous Coursework
    • N/A

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The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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