MPH Concentrations

In addition to MPH core courses, students select from concentration specific selective and elective courses.

Health Policy, Law, and Ethics Concentration – Courses

  • Introduction to Biostatistics II (PHS 7001)
  • Qualitative Methods in Community Health (PHS 7015)
  • Epidemiological and Translational Research (PHS 7020)
  • Program Planning & Evaluation (PHS 7060)
  • Health Care Economics (PHS 7090)
  • Comparative Effectiveness & Outcomes (PHS 7120)
  • US Healthcare: Policy, Systems, & Administration (PHS 7200)

Health Policy, Law, and Ethics Concentration – Specific Competencies

1) Conduct a comprehensive review and analysis of the political, legal, ethical, and economic dimensions of a public health policy.

2) Analyze, evaluate, and synthesize health information and data relevant to a specific public health policy issue.

3) Generate and analyze policy options for public health or health services.

4) Assess “systems thinking” tools for organizational and public health practice and policies.

5) Apply and use principles and methods of strategic planning, budgeting, and management of public health and health service organizations and delivery systems.

6) Assess organizational structures, responsibilities, and values of key stakeholders, including governmental and nongovernmental organizations, in designing and evaluating health policy options.

7)  Apply appropriate evaluation frameworks to assess the impact of policies and organizational processes on health outcomes.

8) Describe and apply the legal framework of public health, including constitutional principles that protect individual interests and limit government action, to the design or implementation of a public health project, program, or intervention.

9) Assess the social determinants of health and health inequities experienced by a population and apply that understanding to the design of a public health intervention.

10)  Employ ethical principles in the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of data and information.

11) Apply an appropriate ethical framework to evaluate the design or implementation of a public health project, program, or intervention.

 

Research in Practice Concentration – Courses

  • Introduction to Biostatistics II (PHS 7001)
  • Qualitative Methods in Community Health (PHS 7015)
  • Epidemiological and Translational Research (PHS 7020)
  • Program Planning and Evaluation (PHS 7060)
  • Introduction to Health Care Informatics (PHS 7070)
  • Health Survey Methods (PHS 7110)
  • Clinical Trials Methodology (PHS 7310)
  • Database Design and Implementation (PHS 7450)

Research in Practice Concentration – Specific Competencies

1) Conduct a systematic review of the scientific evidence related to a public health problem or intervention.

2) Generate hypotheses and identify relevant variables that measure health problems.

3) Analyze, interpret, and synthesize quantitative and qualitative data from numerous sources to assess the health status of populations and/or programs/interventions to improve health outcomes.

4) Utilize data visualization techniques to communicate data about a population’s health to a range of community and professional stakeholders.

5) Demonstrate team-building and collaborative methods to engage stakeholders in research and/or action to identify and address health problems.

6) Design and conduct a research study to address a health problem using a secondary/population data source.

7) Utilize appropriate software for the collection, storage, and presentation of data.

8) Assess the social determinants of health and health inequities experienced by a population and apply that understanding to the design of a public health intervention.

9)  Employ ethical principles in the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of data and information.

10) Apply an appropriate ethical framework to evaluate the design or implementation of a public health project, program, or intervention.

 

Students may take advantage of many other courses offered throughout the University to enhance their individualized program of study.