Master of Public Health - Population Health Option

 Overview

Health Promotion is the process of applying social and behavioral science principles to education and environmental change that empowers individuals and groups to take control of and improve their own health. MPH Specialists combine knowledge of social and behavioral sciences to create and carry out successful public health interventions to promote population health. The goal of this option is to educate practitioners who have a broad foundation of the fundamental principles of public heath with a focus on program planning and evaluation.

 The Population Health Option of the MPH program prepares graduates to:

  • Find, understand and apply relevant public health literature
  • Design and implement programs that improve public health by fostering change in individual behaviors, environmental conditions and social policy
  • Evaluate public health programs through data collection and analysis
  • Engage individuals and communities in discussion and decision making to clarify shared public health goals

The 6-credit MPH practicum provides students focusing on population health with applied experience in health promotion and disease prevention. Examples include collaborations in planning, implementing and evaluating public health campaigns at federal agencies, state and local health departments, hospital settings, community health centers, social service agencies and non profit public health organizations

 For more information, please contact: Leland Ackerson.

 Curriculum Plan

Fall Semester Year 1:

  • PUBH.5750 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • PUBH.5010 Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health
  • PUBH.5021 Health Policy and Management

Spring Semester Year 1:

  • PUBH.5770 Introduction to Biostatistices  
  • PUBH.5061 Introduction to Environmental Health
  • PUBH.6860 Public Health Program Planning & Development
  • NURS.7170 Evaluation Research

Fall Semester Year 2:

  • PUBH.6850 Public Health Research & Data Management
  • PUBH.6871 Health Communication and Technology
  • PUBH.6660 MPH Practicum I
  • XXXX.XXXX Elective

Spring Semester Year 2:

  • PUBH.XXXX Population Health Elective
  • PUBH.6670 MPH Practicum II
  • XXXX.XXXX Elective
NOTE: Part-time plans of study can be arranged in consultation with an academic adviser. Full-time plans of study that begin in the Spring Semester will include the same courses taken in a slightly different order.