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Master of
Public Health

Courses

As a student in the Master of Public Health (MPH) global health track, you will build the skills necessary to identify, interpret, understand, and apply global health concepts from both a local and international perspective.

In the MPH global health track, your 42 credits of course work will include:

  • 18 credits of public health sciences core courses
  • 3-credit internship course
  • 9 credits of global health track courses
  • 3-credit culminating capstone course
  • 9 credits of electives

Required Courses (18 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Evaluation of intervention strategies from a biobehavioral health context; theories of change processes in health.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to the application of techniques and interpretation of results that are commonly used to plan, analyze, and report clinical and health services research.

  • 3
    credits

    Presents assumptions, techniques, and practical aspects of conducting qualitative health research. Students will develop a good research question, interviewing techniques and guides, codes and coding dictionaries, and an analysis plan for qualitative research. Students will critique qualitative articles and learn what constitutes a rigorous methodological and analytic approach to this type of public health research.

  • 3
    credits

    Students will learn to utilize basic epidemiological methods, i.e., design, calculate, analyze, interpret, report, in the examination of public health problems or programs. Topics include measurements, surveillance, outbreak investigation, bias, and study design.

  • 3
    credits

    Examination of health systems, organization, financing, and evaluation; trends, problems, and issues.

  • 3
    credits

    Provides students with a foundation in public health principles and practice. Students will examine public health models and frameworks, determinants of health, indicators of health, and the etiology of disease. Students will learn about public health milestones and innovations, measures of health and well-being, issues surrounding health disparities, ethical issues in public health practice and research, and the role of state and county health departments in disease control and prevention. Students will examine today's priority health concerns using a public health framework.

Required Internship Experience (3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Provides Master of Public Health (MPH) degree students with hands-on, real-world experience in the practice of public health.

Global Health Track (9 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Provides an overview of the major issues and initiatives in contemporary global health. Throughout the course, we will explore the political, social, economic, cultural, and environmental determinants of health. We will review the role of global health players such as the World Health Organization, UN agencies, and governmental and nongovernmental organizations, as well as how they interact with health systems to improve health. This course will also discuss the major health issues worldwide and key factors associated with health inequalities.

  • 3
    credits

    Engage in case studies of global health programs and initiatives. A systems-thinking framework will be applied to the cases, and students will use the framework to anticipate unintended consequences related to international field work and to propose possible solutions. Cases will illustrate the complexity of global health work and the importance and implications related to the interconnectedness and complementary roles of critical public health systems. The cases used in this course will include a spectrum of small- to large-scale programs and short-term to long-term response efforts. Cases will cover the major topics of the public health system, biosocial context, chronic disease, infectious disease, and systems failures.

  • 3
    credits

    Provide an understanding of the global and local perspectives of infectious disease. This course will provide a fundamental knowledge of several different infections, including virus, bacterial, and parasitic types. The course will then expand on this knowledge and discuss the impact of these infectious diseases on the global community, then discuss, analyze, and design methods for prevention and control. Diseases of global importance will include malaria, HIV, hepatitis, dengue, emerging viral hemorrhagic fevers, causes of diarrheal illness, tuberculosis, polio, smallpox, cholera, syphilis, select parasitic diseases, and other diseases as necessitated by current global disease trends.

Culminating Experiences (3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    A culminating experience in which students create and present a scholarly project based on the competencies gained in previous courses.

    • Prerequisites

      PHS 501, PHS 520, PHS 550, and PHS 571

Electives (select 9 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    The impact of inequality and discrimination on individual and group identity among various racial and ethnic groups.

  • 3
    credits

    This course will cover the way stress response occurs in humans and how those responses can affect other aspects of physical, psychological, behavioral, and cognitive functioning.

    • Prerequisite

      (BBH 101 or BBH 101H) and (BIOL 141 or BIOL 161)

  • 3
    credits

    Biological and behavioral aspects of therapeutic and recreational drug use and misuse, and their relationships to health.

    • Prerequisite

      BBH 101 and PSYCH 100 and (BIOL 141 or BIOL 161)

  • 3
    credits

    Understanding theories, concepts, and frameworks of community and economic development and community decision-making models in application to community development practice and issues.

  • 3
    credits

    Exploration, understanding, and application of leadership roles, strategies, and principles in group and community settings.

  • 3
    credits

    Understanding and applying methods and hands-on experience with techniques used in community and economic development.

  • 3
    credits

    This course provides a survey of the basic legal principles, regimes, and issues related to environmental protection and natural resource management. It gives students an overview of the fundamentals of environmental law and policy, including how the U.S. legal system works, as well as relevant principles of constitutional and common law.

  • 3
    credits

    The role of geographic information systems in understanding disease, including relevant spatial analysis and cartographic visualization techniques.

    • Prerequisite

      GEOG 482, GEOG 483, and GEOG 484, or permission of the program

  • 3
    credits

    A systematic application of the principles of organizational behavior to understanding professional roles in health services organizations.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to health policy focusing on health services financing, insurance, and other current health policy topics.

  • 3
    credits

    Development of basic concepts and issues in public administration; administrative theory and public policy processes.

  • 3
    credits

    Nature, function, and technique of governmental budgeting viewed as mechanism for allocating resources among alternative public uses.

  • 3
    credits

    Conduct independent research in policy analysis, program evaluation, and public management.

  • 3
    credits

    Concepts and approaches contributing to effective use of human resources in public and nonprofit organizations; legal issues and requirements.

  • 3
    credits

    The design, implementation, and purpose of computerized management information systems in public and nonprofit organizations.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to the analysis of public policy within its organizational and political contexts, including an emphasis on an economic perspective.

  • 3
    credits

    Examination of concepts of human behavior in formal organizations, systems analysis, conceptual models, and decision processes.

  • 3
    credits

    A survey of strategic planning purposes, approaches and methods, and expected outcomes in small and large organizations.

  • 3
    credits

    A study of the theoretical and practical issues involved in management and leadership of nonprofit organizations.

  • 3
    credits

    This course will examine theory, strategies, and practices for securing and managing resources for a nonprofit organization. The course will be offered every third semester.

  • 3
    credits

    Development of basic concepts and issues in public administration; administrative theory and public policy processes.

  • 3
    credits

    Analyzes the history of terrorism and explores the preparation and response to specific terrorist threats, natural disasters, and conventional catastrophes.

  • 3
    credits

    A public health perspective on the preparation necessary to develop a coordinated response to a disaster or terrorist emergency.

  • 3
    credits

    A survey of strategic planning purposes, approaches and methods, and expected outcomes in small and large organizations.

  • 3
    credits

    A study of the theoretical and practical issues involved in management and leadership of nonprofit organizations.

  • 3
    credits

    This course will examine theory, strategies, and practices for securing and managing resources for a nonprofit organization. The course will be offered every third semester.

  • 3
    credits

    Development of basic concepts and issues in public administration; administrative theory and public policy processes.

  • 3
    credits

    Analyzes the history of terrorism and explores the preparation and response to specific terrorist threats, natural disasters, and conventional catastrophes.

  • 3
    credits

    A public health perspective on the preparation necessary to develop a coordinated response to a disaster or terrorist emergency.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduces students to the design of exposure assessment and health effect studies applicable to disasters and terrorism.

  • 3
    credits

    This course will enable students to study obstacles outside of traditional pharmaceutical interventions that have major influences on the success or failure of public health responses.

  • 3
    credits

    Investigates the impact that terrorist incidents may have on health care facilities or their ability to deliver health care services.

  • 3
    credits

    Teaches fundamentals of emergency preparedness exercises (i.e., orientation, tabletop, drill, functional, and full-scale exercises).

  • 3
    credits

    This course covers the principles, methods, and competencies for developing, improving, and evaluating a biorisk management system.

  • 3
    credits

    The study of social influence, leadership and status, and social cohesion and commitment processes in small groups.

  • 3
    credits

    The impact of inequality and discrimination on individual and group identity among various racial and ethnic groups.

  • 3
    credits

    Models and measures of vital processes (fertility, mortality, migration) and their effects on growth and age structure of human populations.

  • 1
    credit

    Selection and evaluation of statistical computer packages.

    • Prerequisite

      3 credits in statistics

  • 1
    credit

    Intermediate SAS for data management.

    • Prerequisite

      STAT 480

  • 1
    credit

    This course covers advanced statistical procedures in SAS, including ANOVA, GIM, CORR, REG, MANOVA, FACTOR, DISCRIM, LOGISTIC, MIXED, GRAPH, EXPORT, and SQL.

    • Prerequisite

      STAT 480 and STAT 481

  • 1
    credit

    Builds an understanding of the basic syntax and structure of the R language for statistical analysis and graphics.

  • 1
    credit

    Builds an understanding of the basic syntax and structure of the R language for statistical analysis and graphics. R is a popular tool for statistical analysis and research used by a growing number of data analysts inside corporations and academia.

    • Enforced Concurrent at Enrollment

      STAT 484

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