Public Health Program Requirements & Standards

Prerequisites for Admission:

The MPH program is not accepting applications.

To be eligible for admission to any graduate program, you must hold at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college, or be currently enrolled in an undergraduate/first-professional degree program at USciences and be fluent in both spoken and written English. You can enroll in individual courses to increase your knowledge in the field of public health, or you may apply to complete the master's in public health program.

MPH Degree

The 45-credit-hour public health program focuses on analytical and applied tools needed to promote and protect the health of populations including local and global communities. Public health researchers and practitioners seek to improve the health different populations —from neighborhoods and cities to regions and countries. Their work often includes shaping policy, understanding program values and costs, and encouraging healthy behaviors through education and direct action. The program engages skills and utilizes knowledge from social sciences, natural science, health policy, epidemiology, and law. Students in the health policy concentration learn to effectively identify and resolve public health issues in a community, private, or government setting. Because the field of public health is interdisciplinary, we have a wide variety of experts representing many academic disciplines. Faculty with degrees and expertise in public health, economics, sociology, environmental science, political science, pharmaceutical outcomes research, and epidemiology teach the program courses.

Upon completion of the MPH program, graduates will:

Analytical/ Assessment Skills

  1. Assesses the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness (e.g., factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention, availability and use of health services)
  2. Describes the characteristics of a population-based health problem (e.g., equity, social determinants, environment)
  3. Uses appropriate methods and instruments for collecting and/or analyzing valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data

Policy Development

  1. Analyzes information relevant to specific public health policy issues
  2. Gathers and interprets information that will inform policy decisions (e.g., health, fiscal, administrative, legal, ethical, social, political)
  3. Describes the public health laws and regulations governing public health programs

Communications Skills

  1. Communicates in writing and orally, in person, and through electronic means, with linguistic and cultural proficiency
  2. Applies communication and group dynamic strategies (e.g., principled negotiation, conflict resolution, active negotiation, active listening, risk communication) in interactions with individuals and groups.

Cultural Competency

  1. Incorporates strategies for interacting with persons from diverse backgrounds and needs (e.g., cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, gender, age, ethnic, sexual orientation, professional, religious affiliation, mental and physical capabilities)
  2. Recognizes the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in the accessibility, availability, acceptability and delivery of public health services

Community Dimensions of Practice Skills

  1. Assesses community linkages and relationships among multiple factors (or determinants) affecting health
  2. Collaborates with community partners to promote the health of the population
  3. Identifies community assets and resources

Public Health Sciences Skills

  1. Relates public health science skills to the Core Public Health Functions and Ten Essential Services of Public Health
  2. Applies the basic public health sciences (including, but not limited to biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, and social and behavioral health sciences) to public health policies and programs
  3. Describes the laws, regulations, policies and procedures for the ethical conduct of research (e.g., patient confidentiality, human subject processes)

Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills

  1. Incorporates ethical standards of practice as the basis of all interactions with organizations, communities, and individuals
  2. Participates with stakeholders in identifying key public health values and a shared public health vision as guiding principles for community action

The curriculum for the master of public health (MPH) consists of 39 credits of required coursework plus six elective credits for a total of 45 credits. You are required to complete the following:

  • Public Health Core (required, 18 credits)
  • Health Policy Concentration Core (required, 12 credits)
  • Electives (6 credits)
  • Public Health Fieldwork (9 credits)

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