Legacy Master of Public Health Program Requirements

Applicable to students admitted fall semester of 2018 or before.  Applicants interested in applying for the spring semester of 2019 or after, please refer to the New Master of Public Health Program Requirements page.

Core Courses (18 credits)

Course Number

Course Name

Course Description

Semester Offered

Credits

HM 801

Introduction to Public Health

Introduction to public health philosophy and core knowledge areas. Ethical, legal and political considerations. Emphasis on principles and tools for population health, disease prevention and health promotion, health determinants, healthcare and public health systems.  Every Year: Fall, Spring, Summer
3

HM 802

Biostatistics for Public Health

Practical applications and methods using software (SAS, Epi-Info) for statistical analysis, database construction, data visualization and interpretation. Every Year: Fall, Spring, Summer
3

HM 803

Epidemiology for Public Health

Distributions and determinants of disease in population. Epidemiologic research, quantitative methods, study designs pros/cons. Every Year: Fall, Spring, Summer
3

HM 804

Public Health Administration & Policy

Structural, operational, leadership and components of health policy and public health administration. Community health assessment, advocacy and evaluation within public health agencies and programs. Major business systems used for administration of public health agencies and programs. Every Year: Fall, Spring, Summer
3

HM 805

Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health

Concepts and methods of social and behavioral sciences applied to public health problems and issues. Every Year: Fall, Spring, Summer
3

HM 806

Environmental Factors of Health

Biological, physical and chemical factors that affect health of populations. Regulatory approaches to environmental hazards. Potential impact of environmental agents on health and preventive management approaches. Every Year: Fall, Spring, Summer
3

 

Elective Courses (18 credits)

The elective credits are grouped by specific public health interests.  Students are free to choose the elective credits that best suit their public health goals/interests, they are not restricted to selecting electives in a particular interest group.  The MPH Foundational Courses from the new curriculum are also available to legacy students to take as elective courses.

 

MPH Foundational Courses

Course Number

Course Name

Course Description

Semester Offered

Credits

HM 807

Practical Application & Critical Thinking Synthesis in Public Health

Critical thinking, reading skills, explanations, problem solving, and decision making in public health using case studies. Questioning assumptions, identifying bias, determining causality, and application of the scientific method. Reporting guidelines and systematic literature reviews. 

Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

3

HM 827

Principles of Public Health Leadership

Context, competencies and core leadership skills. Theories and research in public health and related organizations. Best practices, leadership styles, professional identity. Future leadership challenges.

Fall 2019, Spring 2020

1

HM 828 Community Engagement in Public Health Practice Methods, ethics, and issues in community engaged practice and scholarship. Fall 2019, Spring 2020 3

HM 853

Public Health Program & Intervention Evaluation

Introduce public health program evaluation methods/tools. Causal inference criteria, standard evaluation guides, procedural and outcome evaluation methods and needs assessment and performance monitoring methods. Integrates epidemiology, biostatistics and public health knowledge pertaining to program evaluation.

Fall 2019, Spring 2020

3

HM 854

Health Equity Framework for Public Health Practice

Social justice and health equity framework for the practice of public health with analysis of persistent health disparity across race, class, gender, and other forms of difference.

Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

3

HM 880

Study Design and Research Methods for Public Health Practice

Examination of empirical and logical basis of public health research. Identification of research questions, study design, data collection and qualitative and quantitative approaches. Reporting of findings. Proposal writing. Ethical considerations in research.

Fall 2019, Spring 2020

3

 

Public Health Policy/Administration

Course Number

Course Name

 Course Description

Semester Offered

Credits

HM 833

Introduction to Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting and Public Health

General principles of counterfeiting, counterfeit pharmaceuticals, and how it affects public health. Scope, policy, supply chain management, and health effects are examined using current case examples. 

Spring 2019

3

HM 836

Comparative Global Healthcare Systems

Public health and culture, environment, psychosocial and economic issues. Healthcare systems and health policies. Community health assessments.

TBD

3

HM 840

Public Health Finance

Issues surrounding financial administration of health service organizations. Pragmatic side of healthcare finance, incorporating healthcare economics.

Spring 2020

3

HM 841 Public Health Policy U.S. healthcare delivery and financing systems and their contributions to improving health status. Summer 2019 3

 

Global and Cultural Public Health  

Course Number

Course Name

Course Description

Semester Offered

Credits

HM 832

Global Public Health

Factors and dynamics that affect global public health. Application of public health principles and policies in international settings. Key international stakeholders and their roles in global public health. 

Spring 2019

3

HM 837

Poverty and Public Health

Concepts of health and poverty and their interrelatedness from a global and public health perspective. Roles of international agencies, national policy, gender, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, culture, access to resources, and conflict. Role of public health programs in the achievement and maintenance of healthy populations. Struggle to eliminate poverty.

TBD

3

HM 838

Cultural Aspects of Public Health Practice

Cultural concepts that shape health and illness. Major issues and trends in global health. Cultural and socioeconomic factors related to work with diverse populations. Applications for public health practice.

Fall 2019

3

HM 839

Water and Public Health: A Global Perspective

Role of water in public health, focusing on the global crisis of water quantity and quality.Specific water “hot spots” primarily the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Western and Southern U.S., and Mexico.

Summer 2019

3

HM 873

Maternal and Child Health: A Global Public Health Perspective

Introduction to historical and cultural foundations of maternal and child global public health. Health care needs, health determinants and disparities, programs, policies and public health issues affecting women and children.

Spring 2020

3

 

Public Health Epidemiology/Biostatistics/Surveillance  

Course Number

Course Name

Course Description

Semester Offered

Credits

HM 808

Public Health Surveillance

Introduction, history, and design of national, state and local public health surveillance systems for communicable diseases, chronic diseases, birth defects, injury, and disasters. Use of surveillance data sources.

TBD

3

HM 842

Introduction to Public Health Informatics

Survey of information technology applications in the public health domain, functions and tools used to generate public health knowledge. Disease surveillance platforms and web-based public health education, ethical and legal issues surrounding data exchange.

TBD

3

HM 845

Informatics and Information Technology

Information technology for health informatics systems, principles of relational database systems, operations, information systems, data sets, data standards and classification systems.

TBD

3

HM 878

Applied Biostatistics for Public Health Practitioners

Intermediate techniques and applications of multivariable logistic and linear regression in public health. Interpretation of statistical models.

Fall 2019

3

HM 889

Applied Epidemiologic Methods for Public Health Practitioners

Identification and conceptualization of public health problems. Generation of testable hypotheses and appropriate data sets. Interpretation of appropriate measures of associations. Evaluation of validity and generalizability of results and ethical issues surrounding the use of humans in epidemiological research. Real case studies are used to analyze study design including the role of chance, bias, misclassification, effect measure modification, interaction, and missing data.

Spring 2020

3

 

Infectious Disease and Public Health  

Course Number

Course Name

Course Description

Semester Offered

Credits

HM 831

Communicable Disease in Public Health

Fundamentals of communicable disease transmission. Overview of methods for prevention and control of communicable disease. Agents and organisms of public health significance. 

TBD

3

HM 852

Outbreak Investigations in Public Health

Process for conducting public health outbreak investigations including the role of local, state, federal and international agencies. Legal, political, media and law enforcement issues.

Spring 2019

3

HM 863

Parasitic Diseases and Public Health in Developing Countries

Nature, impact and control of parasitic diseases in developing countries.

Spring 2020

3

HM 864

Intersections of Human and Animal Health

Epidemiology and preventive medicine disease control methods for the control of infectious diseases and environmental health issues shared by animals and people.

Summer 2019

3

HM 871

Vaccine and Preventable Diseases of Public Health Importance

Vaccine-preventable diseases of importance to the public health and the global community. Basic epidemiology, surveillance, vaccine updates, status of the vaccination programs, associated cost, benefits, and related public health policies. Current controversies associated with national and international disease control, elimination, and eradication campaigns.

Fall 2019

3

HM 881 Pathogenesis of Parasitic Infections Important to Public Health Specific causes and progression of major parasitic diseases important to global public health; diverse aspects of the host’s responses to the invasion by these organisms; protective and pathogenic immune responses; development of clinical disease; role of chemotherapy development of clinical disease; effects of chemotherapeutic agents; epidemiological discussion of the importance of quantification of the pathology and clinical disease seen in populations. TBD 3

 

Public Health Nutrition  

Course Number

Course Name

Course Description

Semester Offered

Credits

HM 861

Introduction to Public Health Nutrition

Biological principles of nutrition and physical activity with public health focus. Nutritional issues in specific populations. Introduction to malnutrition, current issues in nutrition, role of nutrition in chronic diseases, and nutrition policy and intervention programs. 

Spring 2019

3

HM 865

Vitamins and Minerals: Risks to Public Health

Introduction to public health issues in vitamin and mineral nutrition, including biological roles, human requirements, and consequences of deficiency and excesses. Current issues regarding specific micronutrient status in U.S. and worldwide. Current and proposed population-based interventions.

Spring 2020

3

HM 876

Nutrition and Chronic Diseases: Living Longer and Healthier

Role of nutrition and physical activity in chronic diseases with emphasis on macronutrients. Relationship between obesity and health and socioeconomic disparities in the United States and current policies. Overview of nutrition transition and impact on developing nations.

Summer 2019

3

HM 877

Public Health Nutrition and the Life Stages

Effect of nutrition on growth and development. Role of public health interventions throughout life. Emphasis on at-risk populations in the United States and worldwide. Survey of current programs addressing specific public health nutrition concerns.

Fall 2019

3

HM 882

Public Health Nutrition: Assessment and Development of Population-Based Interventions

Assessment of nutritional and physical activity on a population level. Identification of at-risk populations. Collection, interpretation and application of data for developing interventions and evaluating behavior change and health outcomes. Role of public health and national nutrition institutions.

TBD

3

 

Culminating Experience (6 credits)

Course Number

Course Name

 Course Description

Semester Offered

Credits

HM 891

Introduction to Public Health Practicum

Preparatory work for practicum placement. Special projects arranged by an individual student and faculty member in areas supporting practicum placement.

Every Year: Fall, Spring, Summer

1

HM 892

Public Health Practicum

Professional practicum.

Every Year: Fall, Spring, Summer

3

HM 893

Public Health Capstone

Capstone experience.

Every Year: Fall, Spring, Summer

2