MPH - Course Descriptions

MPH Curriculum (45 credits)

MPH students in the School of Public Health Department of Urban Health Administration must complete the following requirements to graduate (45 credits):

MPH Core Courses (15 credits/5 classes)

  • PHCO 0501: Health Systems and Policy (3 credits)
    Against the background of changes in population health, this course introduces the history, organization, financing and regulation of medical and public health services in the United States. Special emphasis is placed on the social and behavioral factors that shape health, and inequalities in health and health services.  A central theme in this course is the tension between the need for health care organizations to position themselves for success in the changing economic environment and the basic public health principles of access, equity, quality care, health promotion and prevention.
  • PHCO 0502: Principles and Methods in Epidemiology (3 credits)
    This course introduces students to the study of disease and ill health through their patterns of occurrence in human populations.  The approaches of epidemiology in estimating the burden of disease, in making inferences about cause of disease, and in evaluating primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies are presented.
  • PHCO 0503: Introduction to Environmental Health (3 credits)
    This course explores the way in which particular characteristics of our environment potentially affect health.  The course will examine health problems associated with biological, chemical, physical, and radiological agents, how they impact food safety, infectious disease, air quality (indoor/outdoor), water quality and land resources in community and occupational settings.  Also, policies intended to improve public health through mitigation of environmental impacts will be reviewed.
  • PHCO 0504: Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits)
    An introduction to biostatistical concepts and methods commonly encountered by public health professionals.  Students are also expected to complete several computer-based exercises for this course.
  • PHCO 0505: Health Education and Behavioral Science in Public Health (3 credits)
    The overall goal of this course is to introduce the MPH student to learning and behavioral science principles, theories and practices that provide the framework for the practice of health education.  Students will be introduced to health education in a public health context, will be required to perform tasks frequently requested of health educators and will be introduced to nationally endorsed competencies of certified education specialists.


Urban Health Administration Core Courses (12 credits)

  • URHA 1682 (20:834:582): Health Care Management (3 credits)

    Focus on major social and political issues involved in the organization, delivery, and management of health care systems.

  • HPAA (20:834:570): Theory and Practice of Non-Profit Management (3 credits)
    Introduces theory, history, structure, and management of nonprofit organizations. Emphasis is given to critical functions such as fundraising and grantsmanship, financial management and budgeting, marketing and communications, leadership styles, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • URHA 1543 (20:834:543): Public Financial Management (3 credits)
    Surveys all major activities that concern the allocation, investment, and control of public funds. Activities include financial analysis, cash and pension fund investing, accounting, auditing, and financial reporting. Touches upon questions of budgeting and revenues in the context of fiscal policymaking.
  • HPAA (20:834:571): Non-Profit Budgeting (3 credits)
    Introduces budget concepts and processes used by nonprofits; provides essential skills and experience in budgetary analysis and management for nonprofit agencies and organizations.
  • HPAA (20:834:542): Public Budgeting Systems (3 credits)
    Budget concepts and processes used by the American government and its administrative units. Provides essential skills and experience in budgetary analysis and management applicable to nonprofit as well as public-sector agencies.
  • URHA 1563 (20:834:562): Applied Research Design (3 credits)
    Comprehensive literature review, methodology, and data collection strategies. Students develop full research proposals including a research question.
  • QNME 0584: Computing II: Epi Info (1 credit)
    Epi Info is a public domain software package freely distributed to public health practitioners and researchers worldwide.  Using Epi Info for Microsoft Windows®, students will develop and computerize questionnaires for bioterrorism investigation, analyze data from acute and chronic disease studies to produce epidemiologic statistics, maps, and graphs, and construct a menu for a permanent information system
  • QNME 0587: Introduction to SAS Data in Public Health (2 credits)
    During this course students learn how to create basic Excel® tables and graphs and create a simple database and enter data, import databases into SAS and conduct data analysis using SAS.


Urban Health Administration Elective Course (12 credits)
Students take elective courses in public health and public administration as approved by their advisor.


Fieldwork (6 credits)

  • FDWC 0600: Fieldwork I (1 credit)
    In this course, student plan their fieldwork.  Students cannot pass Fieldwork I without attending the IRB Overview session.
  • FDWC 0601-0606: Fieldwork II (5 credits)
    Fieldwork II is a focused, analytical research study or project that reflects understanding of the academic discipline principles, content and methods studied in the classroom.  The study or project site are individually arranged, in consultation with the fieldwork faculty advisor, to meet student needs. 
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