Master of Public Health Online – Professional Option

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The Master of Public Health Online – Professional Option (42 semester credit hours) 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 Professional Option will specifically strengthen their knowledge and skills in public health through the following areas:

Health Policy and Management

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.

Professionalism

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.

Leadership

Recognize the attributes of leadership in public health.
Describe the alternative strategies for collaboration and partnership among organizations, focused on public health goals.

In addition to the MPH admissions requirements applicants to the MPH Online (42) must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

Applicants with an advanced degree (e.g., PhD, DO, MD, JD, DVM, MSN, MBA, PA, PharmD; or

Applicants currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program other than an MPH; or

Three or more years of work experience in the health professions.

2017 – 2018 Curriculum (42 SCH)

Core MPH Competencies (see below) / Course Descriptions / Sequence of Coursework

Required Courses: 27 SCH
BACH 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health (3 SCH)
BIOS 5300 Principles of Biostatistics (3 SCH)
EOHS 5300 Environmental Determinants of Health (3 SCH)
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology (3 SCH)
HMAP 5300 Introduction to Health Management & Policy (3 SCH)
BACH 5340: Community Assessment and Program Planning (3 SCH)
HMAP 5320 Health Services Management (3 SCH)
HMAP 6320 Leadership for Public Health (3 SCH)
HMAP 6360 Ethical Issues in Public Health (3 SCH)
PHED 5000 Certified in Public Health (CPH) Comprehensive Examination (0 SCH)

Elective Courses: 12 SCH
Select 4 elective courses from the following list.
(Please note: Courses and availability are subject to change at any time.)

Fall I courses available:
HMAP 5326 Program Planning & Evaluation (3 SCH) Term offered – Fall I
EOHS 5313 Topics in Global Security and Sustainability (3 SCH) Term offered – Fall I
EOHS 5362 Geographic Information Systems (3 SCH) Terms offered – Fall I and Spring II
BACH 5328 Intro to Global Health (3 SCH) Term offered – Fall I

Fall II courses available:
HMAP 5391 Lean Concepts in Healthcare & Public Health (3 SCH) Term offered – Fall II
MACH 5333 Maternal & Child Health Nutrition (3 SCH) Term offered – Fall II
HMAP 5340 Public Health Law (3 SCH) Term offered Fall II

Spring I courses available:
EOHS 3518 Diseases from Animals to Humans (3 SCH) Term offered – Spring I
EOHS 5364 Geographic Distribution of Health and Disease (3 SCH) Term offered – Spring I

Spring II courses available:
EOHS 5362 Geographic Information Systems (3 SCH) Terms offered – Fall I and Spring II
BACH 5321 Injury and Violence Prevention (3 SCH) Term offered – Spring II
HMAP 5312 Health, Politics & Policy (3 SCH) Term offered – Spring II
HMAP 5330 Health Finance I (3 SCH) Term offered – Spring II
MACH 5332 Clinical Aspects of Reproductive Health (3 SCH) Term offered – Spring II
EOHS 5324 Water and Public Health (3 SCH) Term offered – Spring II

Summer courses available:
BACH 6328 Race, Ethnicity, Culture and Health (3 SCH) Term offered – Summer
EOHS 5312 Food Safety: Farm to Fork (3 SCH) Term offered – Summer
EOHS 6366 GeoSpatial Applications (3 SCH) Term offered – Summer
EPID 5391 Epidemiologic Surveillance (3 SCH) Term offered – Summer
HMPA 5350 Health Economics (3 SCH) Term offered – Summer

Practice Experience: 3 SCH
PHED 5297 Public Health Practice Experience (3 SCH)

CORE MPH COMPETENCIES
The Master of Public Health degree program prepares students to address the following core competencies while advancing their knowledge of public health:

Public Health Knowledge & Skills – The MPH student will apply basic knowledge and skills of the core public health sciences that include: biostatistics, epidemiology, health management and policy, behavioral and community health, and environmental and occupational health, to the prevention of illness and injury and the promotion of population health.
Integration of Theory and Practice – The MPH student will demonstrate the effective integration of theory and practice related to public health issues that affect diverse populations, through a thesis or comprehensive examination and a practice experience.
Communication and Informatics – The MPH student will gather, organize, and manage data and information effectively to address public health issues through oral and written communications to diverse professionals and lay audiences.
Diversity and Culture – The MPH student will demonstrate the ability to interact with both diverse individuals and communities to produce or impact an intended public health outcome.
Professionalism – The MPH student will apply ethical principles to the practice of public health in a variety of settings, demonstrating personal integrity while embracing diverse communities.

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