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Online Master of Public Health Curriculum

Curriculum Details

41 total credits required

The online MPH program prepares students for the important task of improving the public’s knowledge and perception of health with courses in biostatistics, healthcare management, behavioral health, and more. The 14 required courses and internship/practicum set students up for success in a rewarding industry.

This program also prepares students to pursue the Certified in Public Health (CPH) and Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credentials after graduation. This preparation ensures graduates will be ready to advance quickly and be well-positioned for careers in the field. The online MPH program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Required Courses

A study of the nature of leadership in organizational and social settings through case and literature analysis. Leader effectiveness is examined in terms of personal traits and organizational influence, including sources of leader power, decision making, servant leadership, and transformational change.

An introduction to the specific management concepts in context of healthcare organizations and the external environment; planning and goal setting; decision making and problem-solving; personnel selection; performance appraisal; and risk management.

An overview of public health, its history and significance over time, and context to facilitate real-world application of the field.

An overview of social scientific research and theory addressing the nature and influence of social and cultural norms influencing health disparities and social determinants of health. Prerequisite: Enrollment in MPH or instructor approval.

Examining the art and methodology of informing, influencing, and motivating audiences about important health issues. Prerequisite: Enrollment in MPH or instructor approval.

Study of the distribution and determinants of health and disease in the human population. Epidemiological research design will also be introduced. Pre-requisite Enrollment in MPH.

An exploration of the moral dimensions of public health including: priority setting, allocation of scarce medical resources, public health research, and specific policies and interventions designed to protect and promote the public health. Prerequisite: Enrollment in MPH or instructor approval.

An introduction to concepts and methods of biostatistical data analysis that are used in health sciences and public health.

An internship/practicum/preceptor experience in a variety of placements in the student’s community. Students will work 70 hours in a hands-on environment. Prerequisite: final year of MPH program and approval by MPH program director
An enrichment in select public health topics. Hours and credits to be determined by the MPH program director. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Prerequisite: enrollment in MPH.
A study of behavioral, psychological, and structural factors that contribute to individuals’ health including social, economic, and environmental factors. Prerequisite: So, Jr, Sr standing for SSC 301; MPH enrollment for SSC 501

Elective Options

Explores the relationship between gender and communication, particularly in the context of our media-saturated culture. Students examine how gender is created through communication by analyzing verbal and nonverbal gendered patterns and media constructions of gender. The course aims to empower students to transcend potential limitations of gender identity and gender barriers in communication.

Provides an overview of the business of health; emphasis on evaluating the challenges facing healthcare organizations using competitive analysis, identifying past responses, and exploring current strategies used to manage these and emerging challenges.

A study of the human, environmental, and pathogen that causes infectious diseases to emerge. A survey of the emerging infectious diseases of current concern to humans. Prerequisite: Enrollment in MPH or instructor approval.

A survey course exploring relationships between humans and the environment, risk management decisions, and resulting associations affecting multilevel health and well-being. Prerequisite: Enrollment in MPH or instructor approval.

A study of the unique health care needs of women and the public health impact of gender inequities across multiple domains that create barriers to care. Prerequisite: Enrollment in MPH or instructor approval.

An introduction to understanding global health, the burden of disease, healthcare, health disparities, ethics, human rights, the environment, disasters, and complex humanitarian emergencies. Prerequisites: Enrollment in MPH or instructor approval.

Examining the art and methodology of informing, influencing, and motivating audiences about important health issues. Prerequisite: Enrollment in MPH or instructor approval.

An analysis of structural and systematic inequalities in culturally pluralistic societies, and the manners in which forms and processes of communication are influenced by and vary according to these inequalities.

An examination of global health by providing substantive knowledge and developing analytical competencies with attention to key political, social, economic, and cross-sectional determinants of health.

Explores the effect of social and cultural norms and expectations on affect, behavior, and cognition. Coursework examines the intersection of culture, mental health, social behavior, and human development on mental and physical health.

Introduction to the psychological literature on gender, including the biological, psychological, and social factors associated with gender differences and similarities in affect, behavior, and cognition. Prerequisite: Enrollment in MPH or instructor Approval.

Examining justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion; exploring the ways in which social justice, privilege, and diversity influence, and are influenced by, our daily experiences, personally and professionally.

A sociological examination of medicine and its practices, associated systems and professionals, and the relationship of individuals with all of these. Focus on contemporary literature.

Seminar focusing on gender from sociological perspectives. Examines gender as embedded in social structures and individuals. Interrogates foundational and contemporary literature.

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