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M.A. in Psychology

Public Health Concentration

  • Online
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 1 Year Full-Time / 2 Years Part-Time

  The M.A. in Psychology, Public Health Concentration online degree program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology® offers students the opportunity to apply the principles, theories, and applications of psychology to various areas in the health care field. This public health psychology program includes 21 credit hours of psychology foundational work coupled with 9 […]

 

The M.A. in Psychology, Public Health Concentration online degree program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology® offers students the opportunity to apply the principles, theories, and applications of psychology to various areas in the health care field.

This public health psychology program includes 21 credit hours of psychology foundational work coupled with 9 credits of public health online courses, as well as 6 credit hours of an applied research project focused on health care.

Guided by practitioner faculty with years of experience in the field, students in this M.A. in Psychology, Public Health Concentration degree program will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Public health policy
  • Workplace safety
  • Public health regulation and ethics
  • Political strategies in public health law
  • Community health assessment

Having attained a strong foundation in psychological principles, graduates of this M.A. in Psychology, Public Health Concentration online degree program will be able to take on outreach and leadership roles in various public health related areas, including:

  • Nonprofits and social services
  • Industry
  • Government agencies
  • Consulting
  • Healthcare organizations

M.A. in Psychology, Public Health Concentration: Online Program Student Experience

Through the convenience of The Chicago School’s online degree programs, your life remains intact. Our online Global Student Dashboard is where you will find all of the components to successfully complete your public health online degree program. There, you’ll find your coursework and interact with fellow students and your professors.

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Foundation of Public Health and Public Health Policy

This course explores the unique history and evolution of public health; the role and mission of public health organizations; concepts, models and core functions of public health; and public health problems and challenges in communities. Past practices are examined to offer a perspective on current and future public health care strategies needed for disease prevention and health promotion across diverse communities and populations. Also included are the structure of the political processes in making public health policy and the role of the government, agenda setting, and the types and analyses of public health policy. Focus is on the dynamics and challenges of developing and managing policy and the roles that can be played to advocate for and intervene in policy to achieve community capacity, health outcomes, and well-being.

 

Dimensions of Community Assessment, Environmental, and Occupational Health

This public health 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 provides an overview of community health assessment including program design and performance measurement. Focus will be on applying accountability methods in public health systems and replicating promising practices to improve public health performance and overall health status. Topics include assessment, planning, and development of goals, objectives, strategies, performance measures, evaluation, and quality improvements. Students learn how to set effective performance measures, distinguish among various measures of input, process, output and outcomes. 

Healthcare Access and U.S. Payment Systems

The scope of the public health online course is on the U.S. healthcare system and the multiple dimensions of healthcare cost and payment, with an emphasis on how payment schemes influence provider behavior and performance, and population outcomes. This course is designed to familiarize students with the health care payment systems used by various healthcare payers. The program focuses on the scope of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Medicare’s prospective payment systems, Medicaid, and other provider-type reimbursement. Primary focus will be to understand how reimbursement methods impact heath, wellness, and quality of care.

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Application to the M.A. in Psychology, Public Health Concentration online degree 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 M.A. in Psychology program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae: Students should ensure their resume properly highlights two or more years of post-baccalaureate work experience.
  • Essay: Please answer the following question within three double spaced typed pages (approximately 500-750 words). Essay must specifically address the program/specialization for which you are applying.
    • Psychology is a vast discipline with many career options. In an essay format, please describe:
      • Why you chose this particular program/specialization. Cite specific experiences and examples.
      • Why it is important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes cultural awareness, competence, and understanding of diversity (see our Commitment to Diversity Statement).
      • Your professional career goals as they relate to this specialization.
      • Why you believe this program will assist you in reaching these goals.
    • 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.

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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