Gain the knowledge, skills and resources needed to assume leadership roles in addressing important public health policy, practice and management issues nationally and globally. This blended learning program is designed for working professionals. Intensive leadership training begins immediately on the first day of the program and is woven throughout other courses. The internship provides an opportunity to apply previously acquired knowledge and skills in a health or allied health organization. The capstone project enables you to integrate your entire course learning in a final project. Instruction is delivered in a blended learning format with stimulating online courses supplemented by six weekends of on-site instruction. These on-site weekends provide an opportunity to integrate online learning with leadership-driven practice.

For more details on the MPH in Public Health Practice and Policy, visit the Office of Extended Studies website.

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Requirements

The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Public Health Practice and Policy is a blended learning program that provides the broad range of knowledge and skill-based competencies needed to assume leadership roles in addressing important public health practice and policy issues locally, nationally and globally.  The Department of Health Services Administration administers this program.

The MPH 42-credit multi-disciplinary curriculum covers the core principles of public health, public health practice and policy, and internship and capstone.  You do not have to take leave time from work; courses fit in with your personal and professional responsibilities. You determine the number of courses you wish to take each semester. The MPH can be completed in as little as 18 months while minimally disrupting personal and professional life.  This MPH curriculum and degree have the same content, quality and high standards as the traditional on-site MPH program. 

Instruction is delivered in a blended learning format with stimulating on-line courses supplemented by a total of 6 - 8 residency days spread out during the program. Residency affords an opportunity to integrate online learning with leadership driven practice. Easy to use web-based technology enables students to learn in an engaging interactive environment. Intensive advising/mentoring enhances your learning experience and attainment of your career objectives. This MPH curriculum and degree have the same content, quality and high standards as the traditional on-site MPH program. 

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Competencies

Upon graduation, a student with an MPH in Public Health Practice and Policy will be able to:

  • Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing, and delivery of health services and public health system in the US.
  • Describe legal and ethical bases for public health, health care management and health services.
  • Apply legal and ethical knowledge to public health, health care management and health services.
  • Apply core knowledge of public health to organizational health safety and preparedness.
  • Discuss policy process for improving health status of populations as well as effects on public and private health care organizations.
  • Apply the principles of strategic planning, development, marketing, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
  • Apply organizational theory as well as “systems thinking” for resolving public health organizational issues.
  • Communicate health policy and management issues using appropriate channels and technologies.
  • Demonstrate leadership and skills for building partnerships.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and manage health information including data collection, statistical and non-statistical analyses, and interpretation of economic, operations, marketing, and other data for decision-making.
  • Apply public health economics principles to structure, market, position, and govern health organizations to achieve optimum performance.
  • Demonstrate management skills appropriate to diverse public health organizational environments.

Curriculum

MPH in Public Health Practice and Policy Courses

This program consists of 42 credits and all 15 courses are required.

Principles of Public Health Core Courses (5 courses, 15 credits)

HLSA 601 Introduction to Health Systems (3 credits)
EPIB 610 Foundations of Epidemiology (3 credits)
EPIB 650 Biostatistics I (3 credits)
MIEH 600 Foundations of Environmental Health (3 credits)
HLTH 665 Health Behavior I (3 credits)

Public Health Practice and Policy Core Courses  (8 courses, 21 credits)

HLSA 772 Healthcare Leadership and Communications (3 credits)
HLSA 745: Public Health Practice and Management (3 credits)
HLSA 775: Public Health Research Methods (3 credits)
HLSA 702 Policy and Politics of Health (3 credits)
HLSA 740: Healthcare Strategic Planning and Evaluation (2 credits)
HLSA 709: Current Topics in Health Services (1 credit)
HLSA 720 Health Law and Ethics (3 credits)
HLSA 711 Health Economics and Analysis (3 credits)

Capstone Project and Internship  (2 courses, 6 credits)

HLSA 786 Capstone Project in Public Health (3 credits)
HLSA 785 Internship in Public Health (3 credits)

MPH students are eligible to take the National Board of Public Health Examiners exam to become Certified in Public Health (CPH) after completing all the core principles of public health courses.

Internship/Capstone

The internship enables students to gain practical experience as professionals under conditions conducive to educational development.  The internship is a time-limited, supervised period of public health policy and practice activities carried out in health or allied health organizations. Students gain practical experience in real-word public health settings. The internship provides students with the opportunity to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills obtained in the EMPH program. 

The capstone is a culminating experience that provides a student with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in courses to an analysis of a specific public health problem or issue. The capstone project demonstrates the student's understanding of the principles and skills of public health practice and policy, the ability to apply this knowledge to a public health problem or issue, and the attainment of the competencies required by the MPH degree.