2011 - 2012 Master of Public Health Courses

MPH 500 Principles of Public Health Practice (3)
This course will introduce and analyze the ten essential services of public health. The essential services include monitoring the health status of a community, diagnosing and investigating health problems and hazards, health education, community partnerships and bridge-building, health planning and policy, health and safety regulations and laws, health services particularly for the underserved, workforce training and regulation, health services evaluation, and health research. Students will also become familiar with the eight core competencies of public health practice through application and case studies. The course will be a combination of seminar, lecture and discussion. A final project will be required as well as a written paper and oral presentation. Students who have had full time employment as a public health professional for a minimum of three years and/or successfully passed the Environmental Health Scientist Certification Examination may appeal to have MPH 500 waived.
 
MPH 510 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (3)
The focus of this course is to study the relationship between cultural, social and behavioral factors and its role in both individual and population health. A general overview of social and behavioral sciences relevant to public health will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the complex interactions between health at the level of individuals and groups and how they are affected by cultural and social determinants. Extensive readings and case studies will reinforce the concepts introduced in class. The course will be a mix of in-class discussion and lectures.
 
MPH 520 Environmental Health (3)
This course is an overview of environmental factors, including physical, biological and chemical factors, and their impact on health at a population-level. Theories and concepts in environmental health will be introduced and reinforced with real-life case studies, particularly those from the state of Utah. Students will be required to participate in discussions and write and present a project paper during the course.
 
MPH 530 Principles of Epidemiology (3)
The course will be an overview of the epidemiologic tools necessary to understand the complex interactions between health outcomes and human populations. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to apply these tools to public health practice, critical evaluation of health research, analysis of data, and proper application of epidemiology in conducting health research. Topics covered include measures of disease frequency and risk, study design, screening, and understanding and controlling for confounding and bias in epidemiology. Concepts will be reinforced with historical and contemporary examples and case studies. The course will be a combination of lecture and discussion. Students will have successfully completed a college algebra course with a C or higher.
 
MPH 540 Healthcare Management (3)
The focus of this course is to provide students the opportunity to understand various approaches to administration and management as they apply to administering public health programs. The text approaches healthcare management from a population-based management perspective. The class will examine the underlying elements of healthcare management, the administrative processes and issues in carrying out these elements, and then explore the strategies for managing population health across selected functional areas and organizational boundaries. Lectures will also explore leadership principles using preparedness as a theme. The class format will be lectures, quizzes, discussions, some written assignments and class presentations.
 
MPH 555 Global Health (3)
The focus of this course is an overview of public health on a global scale. Students in this course will immerse themselves with a global outlook of public health, and understand how disease and illness ignore national borders. The course will begin with a broad overview of the global health situation, comparing the different regions of the world. Students will then be exposed to specific topics in global health, including infectious diseases, chronic diseases, women and children's health, nutrition, occupational and environmental diseases, mental health, culture/religion and health, traditional and indigenous health, and health care systems. The course will be a blend of lectures and discussion, along with guest lectures and multimedia presentations. The capstone for the course will be a presentation and final paper on a topic of the student's choice.
 
MPH 565 Principles of Health Policy and Management (3)
This course will review health policy and management at the local, state and federal levels, and their overall effect on individual and public health. Students will become familiar with government policies and economic characteristics affecting the U.S. health care system, such as Medicaid/Medicare, the rise of HMOs, malpractice and tort reform, the FDA, and universal health care. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of local, state and federal government policy versus private industry. The course will reinforce concepts with reviews and critiques of contemporary heath care policy initiatives aimed at moderating health care costs and assuring universal access to health care services. The class will consist of lectures, discussions, case studies, and a final paper and presentation.
 
MPH 575 Introduction to SAS Programming (3)
The focus of this course is to learn to program in SAS. SAS is a powerful data management and statistical analysis software package, used extensively in health and medical research, in academic, government and private sectors. It is available on mainframe computers, as well as on microcomputers under the UNIX, Apple, LINUX and Windows operating systems. This introductory course will introduce the SAS programming software to students interested in conducting research in the health and medical fields. Students will learn how to create SAS databases from a variety of sources, manipulate and manage the data, conduct elementary statistical analysis, and output and present the data. This is an introductory course, designed for those who have little or no programming experience in SAS or any other programming language. However, even those who have some SAS programming experience can benefit from this course.
 
MPH 600 Public Health Ethics and Leadership (3)
The purpose of the course is to teach students the principles of leadership and ethical professional practice. The course also presents leadership and ethical challenges relative to public health practice. Content areas will include leadership and ethical theory, personal leadership, leadership in organizations, leadership in communities and leadership in research. Emphasis will be placed on the application of these concepts to real life public health problems and issues. This course will prepare students to make reasoned ethical decisions when engaged in public health practice or public health research. Students will be required to read articles, case studies and be prepared to discuss and dissect them in class. Students will also be required to research and present a case study in bioethics to the class, and lead to a discussion on issues raised by this case study.
 
MPH 621 Practicum I (3)
The practicum experience is meant to give students direct, hands-on experience comparable to a career position suitable for someone with an advanced public health degree. This will not only supplement the student's coursework and enrich their academic experience, but also prepare the student for employment after completion of their degree. A minimum of 90 contact hours is required for the three credit hours. Prerequisites: MPH 510, 530, 540, 630.
 
MPH 622 Practicum II (3)
The practicum experience is meant to give students direct, hands-on experience comparable to a career position suitable for someone with an advanced public health degree. This will not only supplement the student's coursework and enrich their academic experience, but also prepare the student for employment after completion of their degree. A minimum of 90 contact hours is required for the three credit hours. Prerequisites: MPH 510, 530, 540, 630.
 
MPH 630 Statistical Methods for Public Health (3)

This course is a graduate-level biostatistics course designed for the public health practitioner. It will cover the biostatistical tools necessary to critically analyze health data and conduct quantitative health research. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to apply these tools to public health practice, critical evaluation of health research, analysis of data, and proper application of biostatistics in conducting health research. Topics covered include concepts in probability, basic statistical theory, distributions, basic statistical measures of location, spread and shape, hypothesis testing, univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analysis of continuous and categorical data, and strategies in selecting the proper statistical analysis method for a given data set. Concepts will be reinforced with historical and contemporary examples and case studies. Commercially available statistical packages will be used for data analysis. The course will be a combination of lecture and discussion. Students will have successfully completed a college algebra course with a C or higher.

 
MPH 635 Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Public Health (3)

The focus of this course is to advance and apply the epidemiologic and biostatistical knowledge from what is learned from Principles of Epidemiology and Statistical Methods for Public Health. The following concepts will be covered: measures of disease frequency and issues pertaining to screening, misclassification, effect modification and confounding, advanced study design, multivariate modeling, cluster analysis, meta-analysis, limitations of epidemiology, and strategies in choosing the proper study design. By the end of the course students will be expected to conduct epidemiologic research as well as understand and evaluate epidemiologic research by applying epidemiologic principles in public health practice and policy. Prerequisites: MPH 530, 630.

 
MPH 640 Program Planning and Evaluation (3)

This course presents methods for the identification of population-based needs for public health intervention, development of programs to meet those needs, and evaluation of the effectiveness of these public health interventions. The course integrates several knowledge and skill areas including: research methods, proposal writing, budget planning, project management, and program evaluation. Students will learn the process of public health programming including research methods, proposal writing, budget planning, assessment, design, planning, implementations, project management, and evaluation.

 
MPH 645 Special Topics (1-3)
A changing topics course.
 
MPH 655 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3)
Infectious Disease Epidemiology provides an overview of the foundations and methods used in assessing the phenomena of infectious disease from a public health perspective. The cause and treatment of common infectious diseases are explored as a foundation for the learning objectives.
 
MPH 668 Directed Studies (1-3)
Independent pursuit of topics/areas not covered by core or elective courses. Prerequisites: consent of instructor, director, and school dean.
 
MPH 690 Capstone Research Project (6)
This capstone course for the Master of Public Health degree provides students an opportunity to synthesize all previous course work and practical experience to generate an evidence-based public health research project. Students will, with the guidance of a faculty mentor, choose a research topic, and by attending workshops and lectures and by submitting intermediate assignments during the duration of the research project, generate a submission-quality research paper and present the results in a seminar. Faculty mentors will provide guidance along each step, and lectures and workshops will provide information on topics such as hypothesis generation, conducting literature searches, choosing the proper study design, determining statistical power, preparing an Institutional Review Board application, preparing a formal study proposal, study management, data management and analysis, writing a submission-quality paper, the submission process, and presentation skills. The course will culminate in a presentation of the research project by the student at a seminar, and submission of a publication-quality research paper. Prerequisites: MPH 510, 520, 530, 540, 630.