Projected Course Offerings for MPH students:
Please see the projected course grid for current and future courses offered by the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. This is a list of the descriptions of the courses that are being offered in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health.
Sample of Courses Offered in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health for MPH Students:
Examines foundations and content of two professions, health education and public health, including history, mission, terminology, philosophy, ethical principles and scientific foundations. Emerging and reemerging threats to the public's health will be discussed, as well as societal influences on health and health policy. Also addresses professional competencies and preparation, and the role of professional organizations.
The psychological, social psychological, and sociological theories of health behavior. The relation of health knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, intentions, and behavior to preventive, illness, sick-role, and health utilization behaviors.
An exploration of the broad and diverse field of health communication including medical encounters, everyday communication about health, advertising, news, public health campaigns, community outreach, public policy and international programs. Theories and applied efforts that have been studied and documented will be examined.
A basic overview of informatics and its application in a public health setting. The major goal is for students to understand the basic tools and building blocks needed to utilize this technology in order to improve their professional productivity.
HLTH 688 Special Problems in Health Education
Independent study. See Independent Study Form for more information.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to health literacy research, practice, and skills. The course will develop students' understanding of how health literacy is both a barrier and an asset for health and how health literacy affects a wide range of outcomes. Students will learn the basics of health literacy concepts, models, and research methods, and discuss similarities and differences in health literacy research in clinical and public health settings.
Provides an overview of research design and methodological issues in health education. Through lecture, reading, and several exercise, students will acquire an understanding of the research process. Issues include those of experimental and non-experimental designs, and both qualitative and quantitative data collection strategies. The course is designed as an examination of several research issues, particularly those related to reliability and validity of measurement and design, instrumentation and data collection methodology.
An introduction to the development, planning and administration of community health programs. The overall goal of this course is to develop a program using health behavior theories and/or models and to conceptualize the implementation of the intervention.
An application of basic research methods to evaluate of community health programs. Students will work in groups to evaluate the effectiveness of a community health intervention.
Overview of public health organizations, programs and policies, including their structure and function, and their ability to change with changing community health needs.
The internship experience provides an opportunity to apply previously acquired skills and knowledge to the planning, conduct, and evaluation of community health education and public health in a professional setting. Emphasis is placed on the internship as a capstone event, drawing upon the student’s collective academic experiences to date. The setting of the internship will depend upon the student's background and career goals. Contact Anne Anderson-Sawyer, Internship Coordinator, for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-405-2518. To view the Graduate Internship Manual, click here.
HLTH 786 MPH Project and HLTH 799 MPH Thesis
Refer to the MPH Project/Thesis Guidelines