MPH Courses Taken for All Tracks

MPH 600: Introduction to Public Health (1 credit hour)

This is an introduction to the multidisciplinary field of public health. The course will use a series of lectures, readings, discussions and interactive sessions to provide students with a framework for studies during the course of the program. This course emphasizes identifying ethical issues in public health practice through lectures, readings and group discussions.

MPH 611: Social and Behavioral Sciences for Public Health (3 credit hours)

This course is a social and behavioral sciences core course for the MPH program. Psychological, social and cultural concepts and models relevant to health and disease in society are reviewed and critiqued. The course will enable students to describe core theoretical perspectives from each of the social science disciplines of psychology, sociology and anthropology. Students will learn how to select and apply appropriate social and behavioral models to the design of public health interventions and policies. The course will also cover existing social inequalities in health status related to race, social class and gender, and the critical intersection between social risk factors, behavioral risk factors and the development and implementation of public health interventions. Social ecological models that influence population health at multiple levels are emphasized.

MPH 612: Statistical Reasoning for Public Health (3 credit hours)

An introduction to the use of statistics in the health field. Emphasis is on descriptive statistics, estimation, linear regression and contingency tables. This course includes lectures, reading, demonstrations, experiential activities in a laboratory setting and written and oral assignments.

MPH 613: Principles of Environmental Health Science (3 credit hours)

An introduction to the chemical, physical and biological factors affecting human health and disease. Emphasis is on the skills to detect environmental factors in health problems and to determine methods of control to prevent disease and maximize environmental quality. This course includes lectures, readings and required assignments.

MPH 614: Principles of Epidemiology (3 credit hours)

An introduction to epidemiology as a body of knowledge and a method for analyzing community health problems. The course emphasizes how to measure and describe the health of populations, the natural history of diseases in population groups, standardization of rates, sources of data, study designs, measurements of risk, evaluation of screening tests, causal inferences and outbreak investigation. This course includes lectures, reading and individual and group assignments.

MPHE 615: Public Health Administration and Management (3 credit hours)

An introduction to the understanding of the structure and functions of the American healthcare system, public health practice in the United States and basic managerial responsibilities. Emphasis is on management tasks and styles, structure and trends in the healthcare system, legal and regulatory framework for public health, organizational and community assessment, public health settings and services. This course consists of lectures, reading and written assignments.

MPH 779: Introduction to Research Methods (3 credit hours)

The goal of this course is to provide practical, step-by-step guidance to the research process. The organizing framework used is the scientific method, which is applied to current health initiatives. Students develop a unique research design proposal.

MPH 750: Community Practicum (3 credit hours)

An opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained in academic courses in a working environment or community setting under the supervision of a preceptor. This course requires a written report to the preceptor and the course director as well as oral presentation.

MPH 770: Capstone Seminar (3 credit hours)

A synthesis and integration of knowledge gained through the coursework and other learning experiences, with the application of theory and principle to various public health issues. Students from all tracks will take this seminar.

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Epidemiology Track

MPHE 624: Data Management with SAS (3 credit hours)

A beginner's course in data management, statistical programming and basic data analysis using the SAS system. The course will introduce the students to database construction, database management and statistical programming and analysis. This is a hands-on course that will be taught using demonstrations and experiential activities in the computer laboratory.

MPHE 702: Biostatistics II (3 credit hours)

Topics from inferential statistics and probability modeling will be discussed and illustrated using data selected from real-life health-related applications. Data analysis emphasizing proper interpretation of results and familiarity with SAS software will be a key component of the course.

MPHE 711: Epidemiologic Methods I (3 credit hours)

Introduces elements of study design, data analysis and inference in epidemiologic investigation. Prerequisite course: MPH 612

MPHE 715: Current Issues in Epidemiology (3 credit hours)

Discussions with experts experienced in the diverse applications of epidemiology in current research and practice. Emphasis on emerging infectious diseases, environmental and occupational health, chronic diseases and community intervention trials. Lectures, discussions, class presentations and development of research project.

MPHE 718: Epidemiologic Methods II (3 credit hours)

Coverage of statistical design and analysis concepts and methods in epidemiologic research.

MPHE 737: Infectious & Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on substantive areas in epidemiology with an emphasis on infectious disease epidemiology and chronic disease epidemiology. The course will also include projects focused on field epidemiology, with an emphasis on public health surveillance and outbreak investigation. These topics are important for epidemiologists and other health professionals in public health practice. 

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Health Management & Policy Track

MPHE 721: Healthcare Strategy (3 credit hours)

Examination of strategy-making issues for healthcare organizations, including analysis of economic incentives, financial strategies, development of mission and goals and formulation and implementation of long-range strategies to accomplish those goals.

MPHE 723: Policy & Politics of Health (3 credit hours)

An introduction to the policy process, frameworks for understanding health policy issues, background research necessary for policy implementation and implementation strategies.

MPHE 727: Organizational Management (3 credit hours)

This course examines issues and principles in the management of individuals, groups and organizations. Topics include motivation and reward systems, group dynamics and organizational design and change.

MPHE 733: Financing Healthcare (3 credit hours)

Students examine financial evaluation of the healthcare industry, the source of funds and effects of changing patient policies. Other topics of interest will be financial strategies, budgets and capital outlay.

MPHE 736: Conflict Analysis & Negotiations (3 credit hours)

This course examines issues and principles in the management of conflict and negotiation within organizations. Topics include resolution strategies and organizational design and change.

MPH 772: International Health Exchange Program (3 credit hours)

This course exposes students to important issues in international public health and is unique in that it involves the analysis of health problems in the broad social, cultural, economic and political contexts that generate and sustain them.

MPH 690: Leadership: Theories, Skills and Applications (3 credit hours)

The emphasis of this course is on the practice of leadership. The course will equip the student with the basic managerial background, fundamentals and theories which will be applicable at any level in management and in leadership positions. Students will be exposed to the interaction of leadership, change, communication and power as seen in the healthcare environment. This course will examine the traits of leading, developing leadership skill, creating a vision, managing conflicts and obstacles in an organization.

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