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  Oct 18, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Epidemiology, MPH


The Master of Public Health (MPH) program with a concentration in Epidemiology (48 credit hours) is designed to prepare students to be effective practitioners in the contemporary practice of epidemiology. Students are provided with a strong foundation in the fundamental competencies of public health and epidemiology with specific emphasis on research methods and design, statistical analysis, epidemiological investigation, program and policy development, as well as the practical application of epidemiologic methods in addressing real-world public health problems. Graduates find career opportunities as epidemiologists in city, state, national, and international health departments and agencies as well as in medical centers working in infection control, outbreak investigation, and disease surveillance.

Students in the MPH Epidemiology concentration are admitted once a year as a cohort. Full-time enrollment is required and students are expected to graduate in five consecutive semesters. Students follow a weekly calendar of curricular and co-curricular activity that occupies 8-hour blocks of time, Monday through Friday. Students are strongly discouraged from holding employment when courses are in session. 

The MPH Epidemiology student will gain foundational public health knowledge and competency in the learning objectives:

  1. Profession & Science of Public Health - History, philosophy, values, functions and tools of public health practice
  2. Factors Related to Human Health - Effects of a variety of factors on a population's health

By the conclusion of the MPH program, a student in the MPH Epidemiology program will possess the following competencies:

  1. Evidence-Based Approaches to Public Health - Identify and use sources of data, data collection, data analysis and resultant information and knowledge as the basis for research and evidence-based program development;
  2. Public Health & Health Care Systems - Compare organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings while assessing impacts and challenges to health equity at organizational, community and societal levels;
  3. Planning & Management to Promote Health - Perform community needs assessment incorporating cultural competency in planning population-based policies, programs, projects or interventions to meet needs with given resources while evaluating efficacy of program impact for continuous improvement;
  4. Policy in Public Health - Identify and use sources of data, information and knowledge as the basis for evidence-based advocacy and policy development;
  5. Leadership - Apply principles of leadership, governance and management to achieve organizational goals and objectives as well as utilize negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges;
  6. Communication - Effectively communicate epidemiologic information in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner to the general public, professionals, policy makers, across social sectors and academic disciplines;
  7. Interprofessional Practice - Perform effectively on interprofessional teams;
  8. Systems Thinking - Apply systems thinking tools to public health issues.

Epidemiology (48 SCH)


The Master of Public Health (MPH) program with a concentration in Epidemiology (48 credit hours) is designed to prepare students to be effective practitioners in the contemporary practice of epidemiology. Students are provided with a strong foundation in the fundamental competencies of public health and epidemiology with specific emphasis on research methods and design, statistical analysis, epidemiological investigation, program and policy development, as well as the practical application of epidemiologic methods in addressing real-world public health problems. Graduates find career opportunities as epidemiologists in city, state, national, and international health departments and agencies as well as in medical centers working in infection control, outbreak investigation, and disease surveillance.

Students in the MPH Epidemiology concentration are admitted once a year as a cohort. Full-time enrollment is required and students are expected to graduate in five consecutive semesters. Students follow a weekly calendar of curricular and co-curricular activity that occupies 8-hour blocks of time, Monday through Friday. Students are strongly discouraged from holding employment when courses are in session. 

The MPH Epidemiology student will gain foundational public health knowledge and competency in the learning objectives:

  1. Profession & Science of Public Health - History, philosophy, values, functions and tools of public health practice
  2. Factors Related to Human Health - Effects of a variety of factors on a population's health

By the conclusion of the MPH program, a student in the MPH Epidemiology program will possess the following competencies:

  1. Evidence-Based Approaches to Public Health - Identify and use sources of data, data collection, data analysis and resultant information and knowledge as the basis for research and evidence-based program development;
  2. Public Health & Health Care Systems - Compare organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings while assessing impacts and challenges to health equity at organizational, community and societal levels;
  3. Planning & Management to Promote Health - Perform community needs assessment incorporating cultural competency in planning population-based policies, programs, projects or interventions to meet needs with given resources while evaluating efficacy of program impact for continuous improvement;
  4. Policy in Public Health - Identify and use sources of data, information and knowledge as the basis for evidence-based advocacy and policy development;
  5. Leadership - Apply principles of leadership, governance and management to achieve organizational goals and objectives as well as utilize negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges;
  6. Communication - Effectively communicate epidemiologic information in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner to the general public, professionals, policy makers, across social sectors and academic disciplines;
  7. Interprofessional Practice - Perform effectively on interprofessional teams;
  8. Systems Thinking - Apply systems thinking tools to public health issues.

MPH Practice Experience


All MPH students are required to complete a Public Health practice experience. This requirement is based upon the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation.

This course provides students with experience in public health practice through directed work in practice settings. The public health practice experience involves different goals and activities aimed at providing opportunities for the student to gain hands-on experience addressing the MPH foundation and concentration competencies. Students are required to commit to a minimum of 600 cumulative hours total over three semesters, earning a minimum of 100 hours each semester of enrollment. Students are required to complete a project that is specific and beneficial to the organization, produce a poster presentation of their practice experience, complete weekly reflection assignments, and other assignments as detailed in the course. Placements and practice activities are selected to complement the students' academic and professional goals. Students must attend all required practice experience sessions and obtain approval of their placement before enrolling in the course. 

Prerequisite: Students must be in good academic standing with the university and have completed all required courses during the first year cohort program or have completed at least 21 SCH as an online student. 

The practice experience is designed as a supervised experience based upon the application of competencies gained during the MPH program. As such, prior work experience does not qualify as a MPH Practice Experience. For more information, please see the Public Health Practice Experience website.