Master of Public Health Degree (MPH)

The Master of Public Health degree is a widely recognized professional credential for those seeking leadership and managerial positions in governmental, nonprofit, and private organizations in the health industry. Kaplan University’s Master of Public Health degree can help you develop the administrative, ethical, and professional skills to apply public health principles to health education and communication programs.

At Kaplan University, we work with a variety of organizations to give our students the clearest possible picture of the ever-changing health care environment. This allows us to continue to develop and adapt our curriculum so that our public health degree graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to meet the expanding needs of the industry. With a degree from Kaplan University, you can become one of the sought-after professionals to help meet these challenges.

Master of Public Health Program Highlights

Kaplan University’s public health master’s degree program is  designed to help you:

  • Demonstrate an evidence-based approach to public health practice.
  • Leverage fundamental epidemiological concepts in addressing population health problems.
  • Appraise contemporary health issues and policy.
  • Implement leadership, administrative, and communication skills through planning, organization, administration, and evaluation of public health programs and processes.
  • Evaluate concepts and methods of social and behavioral sciences relevant to the identification and solution of public health problems.

Gain Real-World Experience

Prior to graduation, you will complete a required, on-site fieldwork experience to help you gain valuable on-the-job experience. You will work closely with a site preceptor, faculty advisor, and supportive staff every step of the way.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

With a Master of Public Health from Kaplan University, students are prepared to pursue a wide range of industry positions such as health services manager, health consultant, health advocate, and community health organizer, among many other career paths.*

By earning the Master of Public Health degree, you may also have a solid foundation for further academic pursuits.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.

08

Nov

Online and Campus Start Date

November 08, 2017

31

Jan

Online and Campus Start Date

January 31, 2018

18

Apr

Online and Campus Start Date

April 18, 2018

05

Jul

Online and Campus Start Date

July 05, 2018

19

Sep

Online and Campus Start Date

September 19, 2018

05

Dec

Online and Campus Start Date

December 05, 2018

Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Core

    Total Core Credits: 40

    Total Program Credits: 56

    • HA 535: HEALTH CARE STATISTICS Change

      In this course, you will be introduced to the practical applications of descriptive and inferential statistics for the health industry. You will formulate a data procurement plan by analyzing real-world data. Additionally, you will learn how to effectively disseminate published health research data and apply this new knowledge within the field.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 500: FOUNDATIONS IN PUBLIC HEALTH Change

      This course provides an introduction to the world of public health. You will study the historical contexts of public health, and its underlying philosophy and values. The biological/genetic, behavioral/psychological, and social/cultural factors related to human health will be examined in relation to basic concepts of prevention. You will analyze the techniques of managing and leading the public health enterprise; locally, nationally, and globally. Globalization and the global burden of disease addressed by public health systems will be discussed. This course contains several public health case studies that will expose you to the interdisciplinary skills, knowledge, and critical thinking demanded by today’s public health workforce.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 505: HEALTH BEHAVIOR Change

      This course provides a conceptual grounding in theoretical approaches to health behavior, emphasizing the use of psychosocial theories and models of health behavior for effective health education and public health practice and research. You will apply the theories and models of health behavior to real-world scenarios encountered in health education and public health. The course focuses on the various factors that influence health behavior, the impact on health and disease of populations, and the implications for health programming.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 520: PRINCIPLES OF EPIDEMIOLOGY Change

      This course introduces the epidemiologic methods, concepts, and issues that are critical for the assessment, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data. Students study advanced epidemiologic methods used in surveillance, outbreak investigation, screening, and epidemiologic measures, and apply these methods to relevant public health issues.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 530: ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH Change

      This course presents an overview of the basic concepts of environmental health. You will explore the relationships between human health and environmental contaminants, including those within a workplace. Major areas of focus include epidemiological studies, risk assessments, and environmental policies. You will explore different interventions to reduce exposure to environmental hazards, including regulation. The roles and responsibilities of local, state, national, and international health organizations are introduced.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 535: PUBLIC HEALTH BIOLOGY Change

      The impact of biological processes in disease, as related to the mechanisms of causation, disease transmission, host risk factors, and host vulner­abilities, is presented. The pathophysiologic mechanisms are studied in order to plan control strategies and effective interventions to improve the health of the public.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 550: PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION Change

      Leading a health organization requires a diverse skill set. In this course, students will study the delivery, quality, and costs of health services for individuals, organizations, and populations in a variety of global settings. Students will study the structure, process, and outcomes of health services including the costs, financing, structure, outcomes, and accessibility of care. Students will study ways to improve health organizations and make ethical and economic decisions for organizational solvency. Each student will form a personalized leadership development plan for future professional growth.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Enrollment in the Master of Science in Health Education or Master of Public Health program

    • PU 680: PRACTICAL SKILLS IN PUBLIC HEALTH I Change

      Students will demonstrate public health knowledge and skills by working within a health organization. Through this onsite learning experience, students will engage with other public health professionals and train for the public health workforce. An onsite preceptor and Kaplan University faculty member will evaluate student performance.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      PU 550 and permission from the Clinical Placement Team

    • PU 690: PRACTICAL SKILLS IN PUBLIC HEALTH II Change

      In a continuation of Practical Skills in Public Health I, students will further develop practical skills related to working in the public health workforce. Through this onsite learning experience, students will engage with other public health professionals and train for the public health workforce. An onsite preceptor and Kaplan University faculty member will evaluate student performance. Students will prepare and deliver a professional presentation on their learning experiences within Practical Skills in Public Health I and II.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      PU 680 and permission from the Clinical Placement Team

    • PU 699: MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH CAPSTONE Change

      The Master of Public Health (MPH) Capstone provides a culminating, integrative experience in which you apply public health principles outside of the typical classroom setting. In this course, you will bridge the journey from a graduate student to public health professional through a series of activities, which can be personalized to meet your specific career goals. By successfully completing this course, you will have attained relevant experiences and professional deliverables that highlight your occupational potential in the public health workforce.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Last term or permission from the Dean

  • Electives/Choose 4 Courses

    Total Electives/Choose 4 Courses Credits: 16

    Total Program Credits: 56

    Choose Your Courses Below

    • HA 525: HEALTH LAW Change

      This course provides analysis of law, the legal system, and current legal problems as they relate to the financing and delivery of health care services. This course covers interrelated legal topics pertinent to health care organizations including contracts, medical malpractice, legal and ethical obligations to provide health care, privileging, medical decision making, tax exemption, antitrust, fraud, and health information management. Students are encouraged to discuss how the law supports or hinders current efforts to improve health care delivery systems.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 560: COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSESSMENT Change

      This course provides students with the skills needed to enhance (assess) the health of a community. Students focus on health behaviors, environmental influences, health policy, and economic and health care system issues in health promotion and disease prevention.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 540: HEALTH POLICY AND ETHICS IN PUBLIC HEALTH Change

      Fundamental ethical issues in public health research, practice, and policy are the focus of this course. Analysis of the health policy formula­tion process and the ethical basis of public health policies and programs are included, as well as the impact of health policies on individual and population health.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 545: DISASTER MANAGEMENT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS Change

      This course examines incident preparedness and response from a variety of public health dimen­sions including: acute and chronic health care delivery, impact on vulnerable populations, delivery of basic human services, epidemiologic response, and effective collaborations in public health preparedness planning. Students learn how to prepare for and address disruptions of public health systems arising from disasters.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 610: PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT Change

      Students are introduced to the principles of program development and evaluation in public health. Topics include methods of design, develop­ment, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs to improve individual and com­munity health.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 615: GRANT AND CONTRACT WRITING Change

      This course provides a general overview of the grant-seeking process. Students study types of projects that generally receive funding, sources that can be used to identify prospective funders, and the essential components of a well-written grant. Students design a grant application using a real-life scenario needs statement, develop a proj­ect that will address that need, write clear goals and objectives for that project, develop a budget, and identify an evaluation tool that could be used to measure outcomes for the project. All phases of the contract formulation process are addressed, and students learn how to write a statement of work document for commonly used contracts in public health administration.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 620: HEALTH CARE SAFETY Change

      This course explains how to manage the unique safety requirements of health care organizations within the framework provided by OSHA regula­tions and voluntary accreditation organizations. Topics include infection control, bloodborne pathogens, patient safety, ergonomics, construc­tion safety, respiratory protection, fire protection, and emergency response. Students apply these studies to real-life scenarios affecting a variety of health care institutions.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 630: HEALTH EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION Change

      This course focuses on the role of health education and communication in the practice of health education and public health. The coursework will include the principles of successful health education, its basis in health behavioral theories, and methods of health education. The student will design a health education campaign using the modern and traditional methods of communication to deliver culturally appropriate, effective health education of public health importance.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 640: CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN PUBLIC HEALTH Change

      This course provides an in-depth understanding of cultural forces that impact practice of public health. Cultural, sociopolitical, and behavioral fac­tors that impact public health practice in culturally diverse populations are studied. In addition, students learn to evaluate the cultural competence in public health.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 645: DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY Change
      This course familiarizes students with basic health data management concepts, principles, and methods. Students learn how to design a simple database for research in health sciences and conduct basic descriptive epidemiological analyses using a data management and analysis program.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 650: INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY Change

      Students are introduced to the scope and practice of infectious disease epidemiology. Topics include historical aspects, definitions and nomenclature, outbreak investigations, disease surveillance, case-control studies, cohort studies, laboratory diagnosis, molecular epidemiology, dynamics of transmission, and assessment of vaccine field ef­fectiveness. Students explore the global aspects of infectious diseases in the modern world.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 655: CHRONIC DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY Change
      The role of public health in selected chronic diseases and the application of various epide­miologic methods to epidemiological studies on chronic diseases are studied. This course includes an overview of the burden of chronic diseases and interventions to prevent and control their burden. Students explore the impact of various risk factors for chronic diseases, prevention strategies, and outcomes.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 660: INTERNATIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY AND GLOBAL HEALTH Change

      This course introduces students to recent trends in global health and current problems of health from an international perspective, and examines the influence of economic, population, and socio­political trends on health and living conditions in different countries. Students apply the basics of descriptive and analytical epidemiology to global health and key health indicators used in international epidemiology, and analyze the main transnational factors that influence the transfer of risks to health across the globe.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 525: HEALTH LAW Change

      This course provides analysis of law, the legal system, and current legal problems as they relate to the financing and delivery of health care services. This course covers interrelated legal topics pertinent to health care organizations including contracts, medical malpractice, legal and ethical obligations to provide health care, privileging, medical decision making, tax exemption, antitrust, fraud, and health information management. Students are encouraged to discuss how the law supports or hinders current efforts to improve health care delivery systems.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 560: COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSESSMENT Change

      This course provides students with the skills needed to enhance (assess) the health of a community. Students focus on health behaviors, environmental influences, health policy, and economic and health care system issues in health promotion and disease prevention.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 540: HEALTH POLICY AND ETHICS IN PUBLIC HEALTH Change

      Fundamental ethical issues in public health research, practice, and policy are the focus of this course. Analysis of the health policy formula­tion process and the ethical basis of public health policies and programs are included, as well as the impact of health policies on individual and population health.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 545: DISASTER MANAGEMENT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS Change

      This course examines incident preparedness and response from a variety of public health dimen­sions including: acute and chronic health care delivery, impact on vulnerable populations, delivery of basic human services, epidemiologic response, and effective collaborations in public health preparedness planning. Students learn how to prepare for and address disruptions of public health systems arising from disasters.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 610: PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT Change

      Students are introduced to the principles of program development and evaluation in public health. Topics include methods of design, develop­ment, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs to improve individual and com­munity health.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 615: GRANT AND CONTRACT WRITING Change

      This course provides a general overview of the grant-seeking process. Students study types of projects that generally receive funding, sources that can be used to identify prospective funders, and the essential components of a well-written grant. Students design a grant application using a real-life scenario needs statement, develop a proj­ect that will address that need, write clear goals and objectives for that project, develop a budget, and identify an evaluation tool that could be used to measure outcomes for the project. All phases of the contract formulation process are addressed, and students learn how to write a statement of work document for commonly used contracts in public health administration.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 620: HEALTH CARE SAFETY Change

      This course explains how to manage the unique safety requirements of health care organizations within the framework provided by OSHA regula­tions and voluntary accreditation organizations. Topics include infection control, bloodborne pathogens, patient safety, ergonomics, construc­tion safety, respiratory protection, fire protection, and emergency response. Students apply these studies to real-life scenarios affecting a variety of health care institutions.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 630: HEALTH EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION Change

      This course focuses on the role of health education and communication in the practice of health education and public health. The coursework will include the principles of successful health education, its basis in health behavioral theories, and methods of health education. The student will design a health education campaign using the modern and traditional methods of communication to deliver culturally appropriate, effective health education of public health importance.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 640: CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN PUBLIC HEALTH Change

      This course provides an in-depth understanding of cultural forces that impact practice of public health. Cultural, sociopolitical, and behavioral fac­tors that impact public health practice in culturally diverse populations are studied. In addition, students learn to evaluate the cultural competence in public health.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 645: DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY Change
      This course familiarizes students with basic health data management concepts, principles, and methods. Students learn how to design a simple database for research in health sciences and conduct basic descriptive epidemiological analyses using a data management and analysis program.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 650: INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY Change

      Students are introduced to the scope and practice of infectious disease epidemiology. Topics include historical aspects, definitions and nomenclature, outbreak investigations, disease surveillance, case-control studies, cohort studies, laboratory diagnosis, molecular epidemiology, dynamics of transmission, and assessment of vaccine field ef­fectiveness. Students explore the global aspects of infectious diseases in the modern world.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 655: CHRONIC DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY Change
      The role of public health in selected chronic diseases and the application of various epide­miologic methods to epidemiological studies on chronic diseases are studied. This course includes an overview of the burden of chronic diseases and interventions to prevent and control their burden. Students explore the impact of various risk factors for chronic diseases, prevention strategies, and outcomes.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 660: INTERNATIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY AND GLOBAL HEALTH Change

      This course introduces students to recent trends in global health and current problems of health from an international perspective, and examines the influence of economic, population, and socio­political trends on health and living conditions in different countries. Students apply the basics of descriptive and analytical epidemiology to global health and key health indicators used in international epidemiology, and analyze the main transnational factors that influence the transfer of risks to health across the globe.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 525: HEALTH LAW Change

      This course provides analysis of law, the legal system, and current legal problems as they relate to the financing and delivery of health care services. This course covers interrelated legal topics pertinent to health care organizations including contracts, medical malpractice, legal and ethical obligations to provide health care, privileging, medical decision making, tax exemption, antitrust, fraud, and health information management. Students are encouraged to discuss how the law supports or hinders current efforts to improve health care delivery systems.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 560: COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSESSMENT Change

      This course provides students with the skills needed to enhance (assess) the health of a community. Students focus on health behaviors, environmental influences, health policy, and economic and health care system issues in health promotion and disease prevention.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 540: HEALTH POLICY AND ETHICS IN PUBLIC HEALTH Change

      Fundamental ethical issues in public health research, practice, and policy are the focus of this course. Analysis of the health policy formula­tion process and the ethical basis of public health policies and programs are included, as well as the impact of health policies on individual and population health.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 545: DISASTER MANAGEMENT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS Change

      This course examines incident preparedness and response from a variety of public health dimen­sions including: acute and chronic health care delivery, impact on vulnerable populations, delivery of basic human services, epidemiologic response, and effective collaborations in public health preparedness planning. Students learn how to prepare for and address disruptions of public health systems arising from disasters.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 610: PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT Change

      Students are introduced to the principles of program development and evaluation in public health. Topics include methods of design, develop­ment, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs to improve individual and com­munity health.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 615: GRANT AND CONTRACT WRITING Change

      This course provides a general overview of the grant-seeking process. Students study types of projects that generally receive funding, sources that can be used to identify prospective funders, and the essential components of a well-written grant. Students design a grant application using a real-life scenario needs statement, develop a proj­ect that will address that need, write clear goals and objectives for that project, develop a budget, and identify an evaluation tool that could be used to measure outcomes for the project. All phases of the contract formulation process are addressed, and students learn how to write a statement of work document for commonly used contracts in public health administration.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 620: HEALTH CARE SAFETY Change

      This course explains how to manage the unique safety requirements of health care organizations within the framework provided by OSHA regula­tions and voluntary accreditation organizations. Topics include infection control, bloodborne pathogens, patient safety, ergonomics, construc­tion safety, respiratory protection, fire protection, and emergency response. Students apply these studies to real-life scenarios affecting a variety of health care institutions.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 630: HEALTH EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION Change

      This course focuses on the role of health education and communication in the practice of health education and public health. The coursework will include the principles of successful health education, its basis in health behavioral theories, and methods of health education. The student will design a health education campaign using the modern and traditional methods of communication to deliver culturally appropriate, effective health education of public health importance.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 640: CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN PUBLIC HEALTH Change

      This course provides an in-depth understanding of cultural forces that impact practice of public health. Cultural, sociopolitical, and behavioral fac­tors that impact public health practice in culturally diverse populations are studied. In addition, students learn to evaluate the cultural competence in public health.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 645: DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY Change
      This course familiarizes students with basic health data management concepts, principles, and methods. Students learn how to design a simple database for research in health sciences and conduct basic descriptive epidemiological analyses using a data management and analysis program.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 650: INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY Change

      Students are introduced to the scope and practice of infectious disease epidemiology. Topics include historical aspects, definitions and nomenclature, outbreak investigations, disease surveillance, case-control studies, cohort studies, laboratory diagnosis, molecular epidemiology, dynamics of transmission, and assessment of vaccine field ef­fectiveness. Students explore the global aspects of infectious diseases in the modern world.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 655: CHRONIC DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY Change
      The role of public health in selected chronic diseases and the application of various epide­miologic methods to epidemiological studies on chronic diseases are studied. This course includes an overview of the burden of chronic diseases and interventions to prevent and control their burden. Students explore the impact of various risk factors for chronic diseases, prevention strategies, and outcomes.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 660: INTERNATIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY AND GLOBAL HEALTH Change

      This course introduces students to recent trends in global health and current problems of health from an international perspective, and examines the influence of economic, population, and socio­political trends on health and living conditions in different countries. Students apply the basics of descriptive and analytical epidemiology to global health and key health indicators used in international epidemiology, and analyze the main transnational factors that influence the transfer of risks to health across the globe.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 525: HEALTH LAW Change

      This course provides analysis of law, the legal system, and current legal problems as they relate to the financing and delivery of health care services. This course covers interrelated legal topics pertinent to health care organizations including contracts, medical malpractice, legal and ethical obligations to provide health care, privileging, medical decision making, tax exemption, antitrust, fraud, and health information management. Students are encouraged to discuss how the law supports or hinders current efforts to improve health care delivery systems.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 560: COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSESSMENT Change

      This course provides students with the skills needed to enhance (assess) the health of a community. Students focus on health behaviors, environmental influences, health policy, and economic and health care system issues in health promotion and disease prevention.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 540: HEALTH POLICY AND ETHICS IN PUBLIC HEALTH Change

      Fundamental ethical issues in public health research, practice, and policy are the focus of this course. Analysis of the health policy formula­tion process and the ethical basis of public health policies and programs are included, as well as the impact of health policies on individual and population health.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 545: DISASTER MANAGEMENT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS Change

      This course examines incident preparedness and response from a variety of public health dimen­sions including: acute and chronic health care delivery, impact on vulnerable populations, delivery of basic human services, epidemiologic response, and effective collaborations in public health preparedness planning. Students learn how to prepare for and address disruptions of public health systems arising from disasters.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 610: PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT Change

      Students are introduced to the principles of program development and evaluation in public health. Topics include methods of design, develop­ment, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs to improve individual and com­munity health.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 615: GRANT AND CONTRACT WRITING Change

      This course provides a general overview of the grant-seeking process. Students study types of projects that generally receive funding, sources that can be used to identify prospective funders, and the essential components of a well-written grant. Students design a grant application using a real-life scenario needs statement, develop a proj­ect that will address that need, write clear goals and objectives for that project, develop a budget, and identify an evaluation tool that could be used to measure outcomes for the project. All phases of the contract formulation process are addressed, and students learn how to write a statement of work document for commonly used contracts in public health administration.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 620: HEALTH CARE SAFETY Change

      This course explains how to manage the unique safety requirements of health care organizations within the framework provided by OSHA regula­tions and voluntary accreditation organizations. Topics include infection control, bloodborne pathogens, patient safety, ergonomics, construc­tion safety, respiratory protection, fire protection, and emergency response. Students apply these studies to real-life scenarios affecting a variety of health care institutions.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 630: HEALTH EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION Change

      This course focuses on the role of health education and communication in the practice of health education and public health. The coursework will include the principles of successful health education, its basis in health behavioral theories, and methods of health education. The student will design a health education campaign using the modern and traditional methods of communication to deliver culturally appropriate, effective health education of public health importance.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 640: CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN PUBLIC HEALTH Change

      This course provides an in-depth understanding of cultural forces that impact practice of public health. Cultural, sociopolitical, and behavioral fac­tors that impact public health practice in culturally diverse populations are studied. In addition, students learn to evaluate the cultural competence in public health.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 645: DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY Change
      This course familiarizes students with basic health data management concepts, principles, and methods. Students learn how to design a simple database for research in health sciences and conduct basic descriptive epidemiological analyses using a data management and analysis program.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 650: INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY Change

      Students are introduced to the scope and practice of infectious disease epidemiology. Topics include historical aspects, definitions and nomenclature, outbreak investigations, disease surveillance, case-control studies, cohort studies, laboratory diagnosis, molecular epidemiology, dynamics of transmission, and assessment of vaccine field ef­fectiveness. Students explore the global aspects of infectious diseases in the modern world.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 655: CHRONIC DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY Change
      The role of public health in selected chronic diseases and the application of various epide­miologic methods to epidemiological studies on chronic diseases are studied. This course includes an overview of the burden of chronic diseases and interventions to prevent and control their burden. Students explore the impact of various risk factors for chronic diseases, prevention strategies, and outcomes.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 660: INTERNATIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY AND GLOBAL HEALTH Change

      This course introduces students to recent trends in global health and current problems of health from an international perspective, and examines the influence of economic, population, and socio­political trends on health and living conditions in different countries. Students apply the basics of descriptive and analytical epidemiology to global health and key health indicators used in international epidemiology, and analyze the main transnational factors that influence the transfer of risks to health across the globe.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

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