Course Catalog and Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

Fall Courses
Course Hours
Environmental Health 3
Rural Health and Aging 3
War and Public Health 3
Global Health 3
Climate Change and Public Health 3
Spring Courses
Course Hours
Social and Behavior Health 3
Public Health Policy and Management 3
Program Planning and Evaluation 3
Community-Oriented Primary Care 3
Public Health Nutrition 3
Summer Courses
Course Hours
Epidemiology 3
Biostatistics 3
Capstone 6

Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Competencies

All MPH graduates will demonstrate the following CEPH MPH Foundational Competencies.

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  • MPH-1.1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice.
  • MPH-1.2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context.
  • MPH-1.3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based
    programming and software, as appropriate.
  • MPH-1.4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy, or practice.
  • MPH-2.5. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health, and regulatory systems across national and international settings.
  • MPH-2.6. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels.
  • MPH-3.7. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health.
  • MPH-3.8. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs.
  • MPH-3.9. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention.
  • MPH-3.10. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management.
  • MPH-3.11. Select methods to evaluate public health programs
  • MPH-4.12. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence.
  • MPH-4.13. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes.
  • MPH-4.14. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations.
  • MPH-4.15. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity.
  • MPH-5.16. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making.
  • MPH-5.17. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges.
  • MPH-6.18. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors.
  • MPH-6.19. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation.
  • MPH-6.20. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content.
  • MPH-7.21. Perform effectively on interprofessional teams.
  • MPH-8.22. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue.

Course Catalog

This course covers statistical concepts and methods used in analysis, interpretation and application of data generated by the various domains of public health, such as clinical medicine, health policies, and health economics.

This course covers the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required for understanding patterns of disease and injury in human populations and applying this understanding to control of health problems.

This course covers core theoretical and practical knowledge and skills that are utilized in preventing or controlling the diseases, injuries, and disabilities due to interactions between people and their environment.

This course covers the public health practices concerned with delivery, quality and costs of health care for individuals and populations.

This course will cover those areas of the social and behavioral sciences that are relevant to public health research and practices. The roles of psychosocial and cultural factors in individual and population health and health disparities will be emphasized.

This course underscores key principles of Community-Oriented Primary Care (COPC) and the process of involving local communities in primary care initiatives. This course is geared towards primary care providers in training as all learners are expected to have a basic understanding of primary health care.

Students will be required to identify and establish a partnership with a community mentor that will work with the student throughout the course.

This course on war and health provides an overview on the consequences of war and conflict including physical injury, infectious diseases, mental health, malnutrition, chronic disease and infrastructure, and the role health professionals have on effective maintenance and promotion of health and social equity.

This course covers models, concepts and skills by which students gain a basic understanding of how to plan, implement, and evaluate public health programs and evaluate their effectiveness.

This course provides a basic study of social, economic, political and cultural influences that impact the health of individuals and families in rural communities. Designed for health professionals, this course focuses on improving health status and developing culturally appropriate interventions and services in rural settings.

This course covers the major determinants of health and disease from a global perspective and prepares learners for professional practice in the field of global health.

This course provides a basic introduction to the science of climate change, an overview of how climate change is affects public health, strategies to predict and communicate climate change, and suggestions on how we can adapt to and mitigate the effect of climate change.

This course provides a basic introduction on the concepts of nutritional science. Students will explore nutritional issues from a public health perspective.

This course is the culminating experience of the MPH degree program. The main components for this course are a field capstone experience (120 hours) and an integrated capstone project (240 hours). Capstone class sessions (up to 60 hours) allow students to prepare for, reflect on, and receive feedback about their Capstone project while it is still ongoing. The goal of the Capstone project is for the learner to link the knowledge and CEPH competencies acquired in MPH courses with real-life experience from the practicum to develop a program or policy in an area important to the learner and community partners. MPH core requirements must be taken before or concurrently with this course.