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MPH REQUIRED COURSES ( ALL 3 CREDITS)

(New numbers as of January 2012/Old numbers pre January 2012)

MPH 600/700: Foundations of Public Health and Health Education (3 credits – Fall)

An introduction to public health and health education: academic foundations; key principles, priorities, values, concepts, vocabulary, and documents; historic milestones, pioneers, leaders; codes of ethics; organizations and associations; career and professional development options; future trends.

MPH 610/710: Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits - Fall)

An introduction to the study of the distribution and determinants of health and disease in defined populations. Topics include the mindset, terminology, skills, and tools used by epidemiologists to study the health of populations. Students learn how to interpret data, describe outbreaks and their effects on specific populations, and to evaluate epidemiologic literature.

MPH 615/715: Principles of Biostatistics (3 credits - Spring)

An introduction to the field of biostatistics that emphasizes key concepts and health data interpretation. Includes an introduction to data and data types; tools for describing central tendency and variability in data; methods for performing inference on population means and proportions via sample data; statistical hypothesis testing and its application to group comparisons; issues of power and sample size in study designs; and random sample and other study types.

MPH 620/720: Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (3 credits - Fall)

An introduction to well established as well as new and emerging social and behavioral science theories used in public health and health education. Students will analyze and compare theories, and review research that supports and/or challenges different theories' contributions to health promotion and disease prevention at the individual, group, organizational, community and public policy levels.

MPH 625/530: Environmental Health Issues in Public Health (3 credits – Spring/Summer)

The study of biological, physical, chemical, economic, political, and social factors that cause environmental health problems, and traditional and new and emerging approaches to help prevent and manage/control these problems.

MPH 630: Public Health Services Management (3 credits - Summer)

The current U.S. public health system is analyzed, focusing on federal, state and local public health entities and their management issues. Connections and relationships between the system of public health and the private personal health services market are also analyzed. Public health administration, including its unique and important features and analyzing the fundamental structure and operation of public health organizations will be discussed.

MPH 735: Research Methods in Public Health and Health Education (3 credits – Spring)

An introduction to population-based research design and methods, including the logic of scientific research, research ethics, causal inference, hypothesis formation, measurement theory, survey research, experimental design, qualitative methods, sampling and data analysis applications. The bridges and barriers to the diffusion and application of research results to practice will be analyzed.
Pre-requisite of MPH 600 and pre-requisite or co-requisite of MPH 615 are required.

MPH 740/755: Public Health Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation (3 credits - Spring)

An overview of health education and promotion planning frameworks and issues in planning, implementing and evaluating health education and promotion programs in a variety of settings.
Pre-requisites of MPH 600, MPH 610, MPH 615 and MPH 620 are required.

MPH 745: Methods of Health Education and Promotion (3 credits - Fall)

The design, production and evaluation of health promotion and disease prevention programs and services rooted in health education theory, research, and best practices. Includes support and work group facilitation; group presentations; community and professional group training; community organizing; and coalition building. Emphasizes the benefits of and techniques for coordinating multiple, well-integrated, and well-coordinated interventions.
Pre-requisites of MPH 600, MPH 610, MPH 615 and MPH 620 are required.

MPH 750: Public Health Policy, Advocacy and Leadership (3 credits - Spring)

An overview of effective leadership principles that contribute toward creating a shared vision among individuals, groups, organizations and communities; the role of public health practitioners in advocating for programs and policies that improve the public's health; and strategies and techniques on how to promote policies through the legislative process.
Pre-requisite of MPH 600 and 630 are required.

MPH 755: Health Communications Issues and Strategies (3 credits – Fall)

The design, production and evaluation of health promotion and disease prevention campaigns and programs rooted in health communication theory, research, and best practices. Includes print materials (i.e., brochures, flyers, posters, billboards, newspapers, newsletter, reports), Internet-based communication media (i.e., web sites, blogs, web casts, pod casts, itunes, YouTube, virtual worlds/reality programs), social media platforms, television, radio, film, e-mobile interventions. Emphasizes the benefits of and techniques for coordinating multiple, well-integrated, and well-coordinated interventions.
Pre-requisites of MPH 600, MPH 610, MPH 615 and MPH 620 are required.

MPH 798: Public Health Capstone Seminar: Promoting Health Equity (3 credits – Fall/Spring)

A culminating academic experience in which students plan a program, strategy, intervention that involves the application of the knowledge and skills acquired through their academic course work to a local public health problem. Projects will focus on the application of health education, advocacy, and communication strategies.
Pre-requisites of MPH 600, MPH 610, MPH 615, MPH 620, MPH 740 and MPH 745 are required.
Co-requisites may include: MPH 799

MPH 799: Public Health Field Practicum (3 credits – Fall/Spring/Summer)

A 200 hour field practicum/placement at a local health organization that includes the performance of health education, advocacy, and communication skills, and the collection and analysis of data as appropriate, under the supervision of a qualified health professional to address an actual public health challenge. A practicum report will be completed and presented in the form of an oral presentation and scientific poster.
Pre or Co-requisite: MPH 798

Electives

MPH 500/740: Public Health Applications of Informatics (3 credits - Summer)

Provides a basic understanding of “Informatics” and its application in a public health setting. The goal is for students to understand the basic technological tools and building blocks needed to develop and manage public health data collection systems to meet analytical needs.
Pre-requisite of MPH 600 is required

MPH 510/525: Public Health Preparedness (3 credits - Occasionally)

This course introduces students to major concepts relevant to past and potential future disease outbreaks including acts of bioterrorism. Students receive a brief review of infectious disease epidemiology including investigation, control, prevention and surveillance. These fundamentals are then used to construct a framework for assessing threats to public health and recommending an appropriate response.

MPH 515: Public Health Implications of HIV/AIDS (3 credits - Spring)

This course will focus on public health issues related to HIV/AIDS with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS epidemiology and prevention. Lectures will cover primary prevention (preventing HIV infection in those who are uninfected), secondary prevention (preventing development of HIV disease in those who are HIV-infected), and tertiary prevention (preventing morbidity and mortality in those with HIV disease)

MPH 520: Public Health Nutrition (3 credits - Fall)

This course is an introduction to public health nutrition. It covers the prevention and solutions to diet-related conditions at the population level rather than the individual level, with a focus on current problems such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. It emphasizes the determining factors of food intake and nutritional status including: economic, environmental, societal and institutional factors. It introduces current nutrition programs and policies for improving the nutrition status of various populations.

MPH 525: Social Marketing Strategies for Improving Public Health (3 credits - Spring)

Social marketing, the use of marketing principles, concepts, and theories to facilitate socially beneficial behavior change, is an increasingly popular though often misunderstood public health intervention. This overview course reviews the history of social marketing applications to public health, differentiates social marketing from related but significantly different strategies, and analyzes social marketing campaign requirements, limitations, tips for success, typical challenges, and expected outcomes.

MPH 530/760: Global Public Health Challenges (3 credits - Spring)

This course is designed to give the student an introduction to the issues of global health and the factors controlling it. The basic principles of global health, including measurement, determinants and the relationship to socio-economic development will be explored.

MPH 535/765: Infectious Diseases and Public Health Practice (3 credits - Summer)

This is an introduction to the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases. The course is taught from the perspective of Public Health communicable disease containment: detection, investigation, control, and prevention of infectious diseases in communities. The course emphasizes core concepts in infectious disease transmission mechanisms, dynamics, and containment; evidence-based approaches to designing and implementing infectious disease control and prevention measures, and an overview of epidemiologic methods for investigating infectious disease transmission and containment.