This program will become part of the Department of Social, Behavioral, and Population Sciences beginning Fall 2021.
The Online MPH in Community Health Sciences is a degree that emphasizes leadership skills in community health sciences (CHS). The program focuses on developing knowledge and skills to work with communities in addressing health needs and health disparities, and improving quality of life. This work requires skills in social and behavioral aspects of community health, monitoring and evaluation of community-based programs, community training methodologies, and leadership approaches to promote community health and well-being and health equity.
Students who graduate from this degree program can expect to develop the following competencies as they successfully meet and complete the program degree requirements.
The MPH degree in Community Health Sciences requires a total of 45 credits that include:
SPHTM Foundational Requirements (15 credits)
General Course Work (18 credits)
*The Academic Residency and Integrated Learning Experience are not yet implemented in this program. Current Online MPH students complete additional electives to meet the program's 45 credit hour requirement.
Elective Coursework (13 credits)
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.
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.
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.