Course Requirements

MPH 501

INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH CONCEPTS AND PRACTICES

This course introduces students to the concepts, principles, and case outcomes of public health practice. It outlines theories of health, illness behavior, and health education. It considers community health data sources, classical health intervention approaches, the planning and evaluation of community health interventions.

MPH 502

INTRODUCTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGY

This course will focus on the theories and methods used in the field of epidemiology to study the occurrence, distribution and determinants of infectious and non-infectious diseases, other forms of illness (particularly those impacted by social and environmental forces), and injury in human populations. The focus will be on determining the impact, magnitude, and patterns of disease/illness/injury frequency so that causal agents can be identified and effective prevention, treatment and control measures can be designed and implemented. The course will explore variations of disease/illness/injury in relation to such factors as age, sex, race/ethnicity, occupational and social characteristics, place of residence, social inequality, susceptibility, exposure to specific agents, and other pertinent characteristics. Also of concern will be the temporal distribution of disease, examination of trends, cyclical patterns, and intervals between exposure to causative factors and onset of disease.

MPH 511

HEALTH AND BEHAVIOR THEORIES AND COMMUNITY INTERVENTION

This course will examine various theories and models that have been developed to identify the range of psychosocial factors that impact participation in both health-threatening and health-enhancing behaviors, and provide guidance for the modification of such behaviors. The theories and models will be explored from multidisciplinary perspectives and will be applied to an array of health issues. Practical applications of these theories to the development and implementations of theory-based public health interventions that can be applied with multiple populations (e.g., women, adolescents, elderly, people of color) within multiple settings (e.g., communities, schools, health care settings) at various levels of change (e.g., individual, community, social, policy) will also be explored. Cross-listed with PSY 511.

MPH 503

INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Study of the environment factors that influence health. Topics include air and water pollution, global population and local community dynamics, toxicology, infectious and chemical agents, radiation, and management.

MPS 541

ECONOMIC FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC SERVICE

This course introduces students to the branches of economics known as microeconomics, public finance, and welfare economics. Students learn to apply standard economic tools to identify policy issues and to analyze them. Specific skill set includes present value techniques. PREREQUISITE(S): MPS 500.
Prerequisites:
MPS 500 is a prerequisite for this class.

MAT 441

APPLIED STATISTICS I

Parametric and non-parametric statistical inferential methods for the univariate and bivariate situations using SAS. Specific topics include classical and exploratory graphical & numerical methods of data descriptions; inference about means, medians, and associations including analysis of variance and linear regression. Data analytic projects are an integral part of the course.

MPH 512

APPLIED COMMUNITY PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH METHODS

This course will provide a critical examination of the relative strengths and limitations of various research designs, data collection methods, and types of existing data. Students will develop an understanding of (a) the relative contributions of a mixed-methods approach to public health research, (b) basic issues related to the measurement of public health concepts, and (c) the relative strengths and limitations of various analytic approaches to studying public health problems. Students will familiarize themselves with peer-reviewed journals, how to search for material on specific topics, how to develop a critical reader's eye, and how to summarize and draw evidence-based conclusions from multiple studies.

MPS 522

FUNDAMENTALS OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

This course explores human resource issues facing employees with supervisory responsibilities in public service organizations, including those working in the volunteer, non-profit, religious, government, and education sectors. The course considers human resource planning, employee recruiting and selection, and the motivation and evaluation of staff personnel and managers both individually and in teams. Topics include recruiting and selecting employees and managers, fostering team development, managing employee stress, preventing workplace violence, and handling issues pertaining to termination, training, and development. The course also explores progressive discipline, improving performance management of employees and volunteers, and supervising "difficult" people. PREREQUISITE(S): MPS 500

MPS 525

WORKING WITH NONPROFIT BOARDS

This course examines the legal and philosophical reasons that nonprofit organizations are governed by an external board of directors. Membership, structure and process for this body are examined, as well as the relationship of employees to the individual board members and the policies established by this group.

MPS 513

VOLUNTEERISM

This course examines the concept of volunteerism within global civil society, especially nonprofit organizations and government associations. This includes an analysis of the role of volunteers in American society, the motivation to volunteer and how to effectively recruit, train, supervise and evaluate volunteers. Students develop an understanding of the role of volunteers in the management of any social program. Assignments include group projects and service learning opportunities.

MPS 515

NONPROFIT FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION

This course explores key issues in operations budgeting and capital budgeting. Specific skill sets include cash flow analysis, variance analysis, present value techniques, interpreting financial statements, and evaluating financial performance. PREREQUISITE(S): MPS 500.
Prerequisites:
MPS 500 is a prerequisite for this class.

MPH 602

COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSESSMENT

This course is part of a three-course practicum sequence that is designed to provide the student with practical experience in the field based on skills acquired in class. The course introduces students to methods of data collection and analysis of epidemiological data. It focuses on community health indicators and research tools used to assess health data. Emphasis is on the research methods that are employed to identify community assets and goals; this step serves as the basic step in the process of community needs assessment which leads to the final objective, that is, program planning. The fundamentals of various types of community health interventions will be explored.

MPH 603

APPLIED COMMUNITY HEALTH INTERVENTIONS

This is the second course of the three-course practicum sequence. Students are expected to engage in the following tasks: (1) assess the community health profile documenting incidence and prevalence of disease and other health problems; (2) use the findings identified in step one to plan a population-specific community-based health program designed to reduce assessed risk; (3) develop an evaluation instrument designed to determine how successful the plan is in reducing health risk.

MPH 541

APPLIED STATISTICS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH

This course emphasizes the application of statistical methods to problems of human health and disease. It covers parametric and nonparametric statistical inferential methods for univariate and bivariate situations using SPSS. Specific topics include but are not limited to the following: Interpretation of graphic and descriptive statistics for both quantitative and categorical data, confidence interval estimation and hypothesis testing methods, linear and multiple regression logistic regression, analysis of categorical data and ANOVA. Course emphasizes the statistical interpretation of the literature and analytic projects based on large data sets from published studies, the internet, or the student's workplace.

MPH 522

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT IN COMMUNITY HEALTH

This course is designed to provide students with the background and skills to develop and evaluate community public health programs in a variety of settings. Students will work individually and as members of teams to design measurable goals, objectives, action plans, timelines, and evaluation indicators of community-based public health programs. Application of methods to logic modeling, proposal writing, budget planning, project management, and data management will be examined throughout the course.

MPH 525

PROGRAM EVALUATION IN COMMUNITY HEALTH

This course will provide students with a comprehensive theoretical, methodological and ethical foundation for conducting public health program evaluation. Students will experience the practice aspects of evaluation including communicating and negotiating with stakeholders, conducting an evaluability assessment, developing logic models and evaluation questions, identifying appropriate data collection methods, gathering reliable and valid evaluation data that are appropriate to the selected design and analysis methods, analyzing data, reporting evaluation results, and ensuring evaluation use. The instructor will facilitate a learning and skill-building environment, drawing on personal experiences and the expertise of others in the field.

MPH 513

PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

This course considers the conceptual and theoretical foundation underlying managerial decision-making. The course introduces students to such basic managerial tools as basic accounting, cost-benefit analysis, budgeting, and marketing. Principles of strategic planning and forecasting are examined. The course goes on to examine the legal framework that governs public health practice, organizations, human resources, research activities, and community as well as individual patient intervention efforts.

MPH 515

PUBLIC HEALTH ETHICS AND POLICY

This course is designed to analyze the ethical basis in which public health practice is grounded. It reviews concepts and ideas developed by a number of disciplines including philosophy, law, political science, and economics.

MPH 604

CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN COMMUNITY PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE

This is the third course of the three course practicum sequence. Students are expected to participate in a seminar, which provides the academic counterpart to the practicum experience. This course focuses on questions that arise related the data collection process, data analysis and /or interpretation of findings, and the effort to translate findings into the planning of community-based public health programs. ***The goal of the final capstone project is to integrate the information that has been learned in the students' MPH academic courses with the applied community experience. Therefore, even though the paper will be focused on the applied work that the students are conducting in their community health setting, this document should also incorporate various elements of the didactic courses that have been taken within the MPH program. The exact format and length of the paper may vary depending on the nature of the applied experience, but should include the following general sections: I. Community Health Profile and Background II. Statement of the Targeted Health Issue (including specific health determinants and/or risk factors) III. Description of the Health Intervention or Program IV. Evaluation or Monitoring Plan and Results V. Implications of Findings VI. Future Directions (including future funding of health initiatives) Students should have an outline project approved by the instructor of the Capstone Seminar prior to writing the final product. This project should demonstrate that the student is able to integrate the knowledge and skills that they have obtained throughout their MPH training to an applied community health issue and setting, and express this integration in a structure written format.

MPH 600

PREPARATION FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE

This year-long course includes a series of skills-based workshops designed to introduce students to the specialized skills and competencies needed in the public health workplace. These workshops are designed to complement the core MPH curriculum and are selected based on regular feedback from faculty, public health practitioners, and students. (0 credits)

MPH 699

COMMUNITY PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICUM

This year-long course includes a series of skills-based workshops designed to introduce students to the specialized skills and competencies needed in the public health workplace. These workshops are designed to complement the core MPH curriculum and are selected based on regular feedback from faculty, public health practitioners, and students.