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The following courses constitute the curriculum for the Online MPH in Community Health Sciences.

SPHL 6020 Foundations in Public Health (3) is one of five interdisciplinary courses that contribute to the foundational competencies required of graduates with professional degrees in public health. SPHL 6020 is composed of a series of online lessons that provide an overview of public health principles, concepts, and evidence-based approaches to global public health and the biological, environmental, behavioral, socioeconomic, and political determinants of health. Students will integrate these influences through case study and scenario analyses. SPHL 6020 is a requirement for all graduate students pursuing any degree in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

SPHL 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health (3) is one of five interdisciplinary courses that contribute to the foundational competencies required of graduates with professional degrees in public health. Strong analytical skills in evidence-based practices are essential across all public health disciplines. In SPHL 6050, students learn how to collect, manage, and visualize a wide variety of data and appropriate biostatistical methods, including probability distributions, estimations, power and sample size, and regression. Interdisciplinary exercises, homework assignments, and data sets are drawn from real-world scenarios. The course also prepares those students who move on to advanced biostatistics courses. Biostatistics for Public Health is a requirement for all students in the MPH, MSPH, and MPH&TM professional degree programs.

SPHL 6060 Epidemiology for Public Health (3) is one of five interdisciplinary courses that contribute to the foundational competencies required of graduates with professional degrees in public health. SPHL 6060 introduces students to epidemiological methods and approaches for use across all public health domains. This includes measuring the occurrence of disease, outbreak investigations, incidence and prevalence, natural history of disease, study designs, and estimating risk. The course also addresses the interpretation of data analyses for research, policy, and practice. Epidemiology for Public Health is a requirement for all students in the MPH, MSPH, and MPH&TM professional degree programs.

SPHL 6070 – Health Systems, Policy and Management (3) is one of five interdisciplinary courses that contribute to the foundational competencies required of graduates with professional degrees in public health. SPHL 6070 exposes students to the complexities, scope, and impact of decisions affecting public health. It provides a survey of public health and health care systems, policy and management principles used in public health settings. Class discussion and exercises provide opportunities for students to apply principles and skills to their own areas and career interests. This course is a requirement for all students in the MPH, MSPH, and MPH&TM degree programs.

SPHL 6080 – Design Strategies for Public Health Programs (3) is one of five interdisciplinary courses that contribute to the foundational competencies required of graduates with professional degrees in public health. SPHL 6080 equips students with the knowledge and skills to design, implement, and evaluate public health programs for diverse public health issues, populations, and settings. This course features active and collaborative learning and real-world application of course concepts. Ultimately, the course will illustrate that the effective design of public health programs is critical to improving community health. This course is a requirement for all students in the MPH, MSPH, and MPH&TM degree programs.

GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health (3) This course covers the behavioral, social and cultural aspects of health and disease. Students learn how behavioral and social theories are relevant to health promotion and disease prevention efforts. Factors that protect or erode health operate at multiple levels (including individual, community, societal and global levels) will be discussed. The development of interventions to improve health by addressing critical factors at these levels will be presented. 

GCHB 6340 Monitoring & Evaluation of Global Health Programs (3) This course provides students with an introduction to monitoring and evaluation, a widely valued set of skills in public health program, in both the domestic and international contexts.  Students will learn to develop a conceptual framework, write goals and measurable objectives, develop appropriate indicators (of input, process, output, and outcome).  Students will gain practical experience in translating concepts into applications for actual programs. Prerequisite(s): SPHL 6080.

GCHB 6700 Social Innovation Tools for Public Health Professionals (3) This course offers MPH students a toolkit of human-centered design (HCD), systems-led leadership, complex systems thinking, and related social innovation to prepare the graduates to address complex societal problems while working together with others, and in domestic or international settings. Training in design-thinking for social impact is offered via hands-on workshops, complemented by a theoretical framing and examples from public health. Students gain a deeper understanding of how change happens, and skills for understanding and addressing “wicked” problems. Students learn to map complex systems, identify entry-points, and reframe problems to work more creatively with community stakeholders. 

GCHB 6800 Community Training Methodologies (3)  This course introduces students to the concepts and methods which will enable them to effectively train adults to perform health care functions in the community. Knowledge about how adults learn coupled with attitudes toward participatory learning methods will be presented in a way which will permit the students to exhibit behaviors which will enable them to in effect "train trainers" to multiply themselves and to multiply healthy practices in a community. Emphasis will be placed upon developing a positive attitude toward interactive learning and combining this with a variety of training methodologies which will together help to create an atmosphere where communities are empowered to improve their health. 

Health Equities and Leadership in Public Health (3) The 21st Century has witnessed significant population change. Migration patterns, changing cultural norms, and fertility and mortality rates and has resulted in dramatic increases in the diversity of many countries. The sources of diversity are many: race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and nationality (to name a few). And, there are numerous leadership challenges attending to the complexity of cross-cultural interaction. A working knowledge of health disparities, culture competence, and managing diversity is a core-competency of leadership in the 21st Century. This course will exposure students to the latest research findings and best practices in leadership of diverse staff and the delivery of public health programing . Prerequisite: GCHB 6030

Academic Residency (3) The Academic Residency (AR) is an immersive experience designed to provide online students with co-curricular skill development outside of the virtual classroom. Through field study across the country and abroad, students practically apply concepts to provide depth of their learning. ARs are unique opportunities for students to have meaningful interactions with peers, faculty, program mentors, and public health leaders. Students focus on applying knowledge to solve problems in case studies, attend field trips to community-based public health organizations, and network. Participating in an academic residency counts as credit hours. Students may enroll in more than one AR. 

Integrated Learning Experience (3) The Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) demonstrates the synthesis of the foundational and program competencies. Students will select five of the foundational and program competencies that will be applied in case studies and scenarios. A high-quality written report will result from compiling group activities and assignments that may include: policy brief, evaluation report, press release, communication speaking points, legislative updates, or other products that would be of value to their employer or public health practitioners.

Applied Practice Experience (3) The Applied Practice Experience (APE or practicum) demonstrates the student’s attainment of program competencies through applied work. The practicum is the opportunity to demonstrate at least five competencies (foundational and programmatic) in a practice setting. Students will work with advisors to identify practice activities for the practicum; the practicum may be one large activity or multiple experiences. The student will produce a written product from the activities and outcomes; the report will also include a reflection of the way the student applied the competencies in practice. The practicum should be useful to the practice setting/organization.