The primary goal of the DO/MPH program is to provide clinical professionals with specialized public health training to develop, integrate, and apply culturally competent social, psychological, and biomedical approaches to the promotion and preservation of health. Physicians with training in public health may work in a wide range of positions in public, private, or academic settings. The MPH degree offers the physician a significant advantage when seeking jobs that involve planning and managing health systems, performing clinical research, determining the causes of disease, or planning and implementing disease control strategies. Physicians with the MPH degree work in health departments, federal agencies, managed care and other health provider organizations, schools of public health and medicine, in the private practice arena, and in many other federal and international agencies.
This 42 semester credit hour program is an interdisciplinary degree that provides education and training for professionals in any field who want to strengthen their general knowledge and skills in public health. Ultimately, graduates of this program will contribute to the expansion and enhancement of a competent public health workforce that is advancing the well-being of Texas’ citizens and beyond. Students in the Public Health Leadership Online program will specifically strengthen their knowledge and skills in public health through the following areas:
Health Management and Policy
Discuss the policy process for improving the health status of populations.
Apply the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational performance issues.
Apply basic principles of ethical analysis (e.g., the Public Health Code of Ethics, human rights framework, other moral theories) to issues of public health practice and policy.
Distinguish between population and individual ethical considerations in relation to the benefits, costs, and burdens of public health programs.
Recognize the attributes of leadership in public health.
Describe the alternative strategies for collaboration and partnership among organizations, focused on public health goals.