MPH Curriculum, Concentrations & Scheduling

Drinko_MU_SmlThe MPH program includes a total of 44 semester hours, which can be completed in four terms.  For full-time students, 26 of 44 hours are scheduled in the first two terms, thus students may have a very limited campus time commitment during the second year (one day per week).  This enables students to pursue both local and distant practicum opportunities, as well as related employment.

Our curriculum offers an extensive array of courses [course listing], which includes the foundation curriculum and two concentrations.

The core courses address the five essential foundations of public health – those also required for CEPH accreditation – Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Health Services Administration.

  • PH 601  Introduction to Public Health
  • PH 611  Epidemiology
  • PH 621  Statistical Methods I
  • PH 631  Environmental Health
  • PH 641  Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
  • PH 651  Public Health Services

As we recognize that other cross-cutting competencies are critical to effective public health practice, our core curriculum includes a number of these in the required core curriculum to ensure our graduates will have the comprehensive preparation they will need for success.  These include:

  • PH 602  Public Health Biology
  • PH 655  Introduction to Health Care Policy
  • PH 686  Health Informatics and Technology
  • PH 693  Public Health Law and Ethics
  • PH 692  Seminar

PH 692 Seminar is conducted weekly during each term, and provides a common meeting forum at which students and faculty present reviews and conduct discussion on current literature and report their practicum experience and research progress.

 

Concentrations

Global and Community Health

This concentration is designed to equip health professionals with skills in such areas as risk assessment, education, intervention, and program management to meet needs of communities facing health challenges – including those in resource-limited environments.

  • PH 671  Community Health
  • PH 642  Health Communication
  • PH 661  Chronic Disease
  • PH 672  Global Health
  • PH 662  Control of Infectious Disease
  • PH 694  Practicum
  • PH 696  Capstone

Research, Evaluation and Policy

This concentration provides advanced training in research and evaluation including biostatistics, analysis, and health policy, to enable graduates to produce systemic innovations in care delivery and value to ensure that health improvements are broadly achieved and sustainable.  Specific courses include:

  • PH 615  Health Systems Research
  • PH 622  Statistical Methods II
  • PH 617  Methods in Applied Comparative Study
  • PH 616  Clinical Trials
  • PH 656  Topics in Health Policy
  • PH 694  Practicum 
  • PH 696  Capstone

 

Course Scheduling and Extended Study Plans

The needs of working professionals and dual degree students requires scheduling that is compatible with the demands many face balancing jobs, family and other study commitments.  Thus courses are primarily scheduled during evening hours, Mondays through Thursdays, to enable students to obtain their MPH in 2-4 years.  Those in dual degree programs can pursue the second degree without facing the cost penalty that most programs impose when pursuing part-time MPH study.

In addition to a 21 month full time course of study, we have developed three and four year plans as well, which are particularly optimized for those pursuing dual degree study, including M.D. / M.P.H., Pharm.D. and other practitioner degrees, as well as those in residency or other advanced training programs.

We are currently planning on-line offerings of several courses in the Second Year curriculum to aid in avoiding scheduling conflicts.  For a complete course listing click here. Contact us for details.