MPH Courses Taken for All Tracks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.