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Master of Public Health

Mental Health and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health Concentration

  • Online
  • Full-Time
  • 27 Months

Due to the extensive changes enacted by the Affordable Care Act, qualified public health professionals are expected to be in high demand. Through the Online Mental Health and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health concentration, students gain an understanding of the psychological aspects of health and wellness and develop effective community public health interventions to support mental health. […]

Due to the extensive changes enacted by the Affordable Care Act, qualified public health professionals are expected to be in high demand. Through the Online Mental Health and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health concentration, students gain an understanding of the psychological aspects of health and wellness and develop effective community public health interventions to support mental health.

Guided by the psychological aspects taught through this online program, students will learn to develop far-reaching public health interventions to support mental health.

Online Mental Health and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health, Master of Public Health: Student Experience

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

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Psychological Context of Health and Healthy Behaviors

This course covers the fundamental concepts, models, and theories of health behaviors: life span development, culture, and attitudes toward behavioral change. Topics addressed are individual choice and social functioning, intention and motivation to change, preventive behaviors, health utilization behaviors, and the dynamics of patient and community cooperation. Examined are conceptual frameworks to understand, predict, and facilitate behavior change as well as the behavioral and communication strategies needed to promote a positive outcome in health education, adoption, and promotion. Emphasis is on the development of a proposal to implement and evaluate a behavioral intervention to achieve a positive community or population health outcome.

Essentials of Risk Management in Mental Health and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health

This course is designed to provide knowledge and applied insights about the principles and methods used in the fields of behavior and mental health within the context of healthcare risk management. Through readings, discussions, and assignments, the course will focus on the awareness of risks, along with concepts and theories to assist students in identifying, assessing, mitigating, and managing risks within healthcare organizations. The course will also explore legal and liability issues that may be associated with perceived risks as well as issues around privacy, adherence, noncompliance, and overall effectiveness of regulations and standards to reduce risks and ensure quality control. Students will be provided with an overview of risk management from various perspectives, focusing on the analysis of real-life behavioral and mental health issues that require the application of risk management methods and strategies. Finally, students will explore career opportunities in the field of healthcare risk management

Holistic Wellness: Populations and Community

This course explores the concepts, models, theories and determinants of health and wellness, health literacy, community prevention, promotion and wellness programs. A holistic bio-psycho-social approach is used as a unifying framework with a focus on cultural implications. Primary prevention activities through control of life style related habits involving substances, diet and exercise, and body image are included. Also covered are the theories and impact of physical, psychological, and social stress and ways of coping with stress through applied stress management techniques as well as the use of evidence based holistic, integrative, complementary, and alternative approaches that focus on mind, body, spirit modalities for use with individuals, families, and communities. Emphasis is on self-assessment and reflection of holistic wellness and how that affects the ability to be effective with others.

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.

All students participate in a required international field experience, for an average of 7-10 days, which typically will not exceed 12 days, including travel time, allowing them to examine the unique and common health challenges of a diverse, yet interconnected world.

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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

International Application Requirements

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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