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Online MPH Courses

Curriculum Details

42 total credits required

The online Master of Public Health prepares students to be community health leaders. The 14 required courses in this program will set students up for success in embracing their passions and working for positive change.

This program teaches all courses online and in an asynchronous format. Six credits of field placement and/or public health practicum are also required.

Core Courses (24 Credits)

Addresses the history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts, functions, ethics, and leadership roles. Students are required to define their own philosophy of public health within the context of the fields’ mission, core values and functions.
Concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, analysis and interpretation, and the evidence-based reasoning and informatics approaches that are essential to public health practice will be examined.

Introduces and applies the biostatistics tools and analytical base for population-based and community health assessment and evaluation: descriptive statistics; probability; sampling; statistical distributions; estimation; hypothesis testing; chi-square tests; simple and multiple linear regression; one-way ANOVA. The use of computer software in statistical analysis is incorporated.

Examines the biological, environmental, socio-economic, behavioral, cultural, and other factors that impact human health, influence the global and societal burden of disease, and contribute to health disparities. The cultural context of public health issues and respectful engagement with people of different cultures and socioeconomic strata will be assessed.

Concepts of project implementation and management, including needs assessment, planning, budgeting, human resources, assessment, and evaluation.
This course will provide students with theoretical principles, methods, and skills that are essential in community health.
The legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions of public health policy and approaches to developing, evaluating, and advocating for public health policies will be discussed.
The principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation including describing the patterns of illness in populations and research designs for investigating the etiology of disease, quantitative measures to determine risk and association and procedures for standardization of rates will be covered.

Community Health Specialization Courses (9 credit hours)

Using an ecological approach, theories and studies related to active living promotion are examined. Changing physical activity behavior among special populations (e.g., children, older adults, minority populations) and community settings (e.g., schools, worksites) will be examined.
Students will explore different conceptual frameworks of community health development as an approach to improving the health communities.
With an introduction to healthcare communication theory, research and practice, students will learn how to design, disseminate, and evaluate effective, evidence-based health promotion messages.

Capstone Courses (6 credit hours of Public Health Practicum or Thesis courses)

Students who register for Seminar I are responsible for completing an applied public health project under the supervision of MPH faculty and other qualified mentors.
Students who register for Seminar I and II are responsible for completing an applied public health project under the supervision of MPH faculty and other qualified approved mentors.
The student who registers for Thesis is responsible for conducting independent research under the supervision of MPH and other qualified faculty.

Students who register for Thesis I and II are responsible for conducting independent research under the supervision of MPH and other qualified faculty.

Elective Course (3 credits)

Writing and reporting are key aspects of successful public health information dissemination. This course is designed to teach students how to effectively communicate scientific thought in a way that could be used to write public health communications and develop aspects of grants, briefs, and other reports.

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