The Online Master of Public Health 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)
Program Course Requirements (25 credits total)
Essential Skills Courses (9 credits)
Leadership and Health Equity Content Courses (16 credits)
Integrated Learning Experience Course (SPHL XXXX – 3 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.
Academic Residencies (1 credit + 1 credit)
The program incorporates two academic residencies. The academic residencies are an exciting opportunity to gain experience in applying concepts to practice and increasing the depth of learning. Students will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana, for the first residency and another city for the second. These sessions include intensive activities planned over 3-4 days (Thursday-Sunday). Students focus on applying knowledge to solving problems in case studies, attending field trips to community-based public health organizations, and networking. The residencies will carry 1 credit each.
Applied Practice Experience (SPHL 9980) (0 credits)
The Applied Practice Experience (APE) 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.