Master of Public Health Program

Curriculum


Core Courses

(42 semester hours)

To satisfy the Council on Education for Public Health core curricular elements for graduate programs in community health/preventive medicine and to sufficiently educate enrolled students in the fundamentals of public health, five core courses will be offered and must be completed by all students admitted to the program.

Required Courses

  • CMH 6100 Biostatistics for Health Professionals — 3 credit hours
  • CMH 6200  Public Health Epidemiology — 3 credit hours
  • CMH 6300  Environmental Health — 3 credit hours
  • CMH 6400  Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health — 3 credit hours
  • CMH 6500  Health Resource Management and Policy — 3 credit hours
  • Subtotal: 15

Concentration

  • *Concentration Course — 3 credit hours
  • *Concentration Course — 3 credit hours
  • *Concentration Course — 3 credit hours
  • *Concentration Course — 3 credit hours
  • *Concentration Course — 3 credit hours
  • *Concentration Course — 3 credit hours
  • Subtotal: 18

Additional Courses

  • CMH 8100  Critical Thinking in Public Health — 1 credit hour
  • CMH 8110 Practice Placement — 2 credit hours
  • CMH 8210 and CHM 8220 Culminating Experience — 6 credit hours
  • Subtotal: 9

Total Credits: 42


Concentrations

(18 semester hours)

The M.P.H. program offers four concentration areas of study Emergency Preparedness, Global Health, Health Promotion and Education, and Public Health Management. Students admitted to the program will select one concentration area and complete the specified courses in that area. Each concentration requires a minimum of 18 credit hours of study.


Emergency Preparedness Concentration

emergencypreparedness.jpgThe emergency preparedness concentration is designed to provide a graduate level education to the public health workforce, including public health professionals, physicians, registered nurses, allied health care providers, hospital executives, public safety personnel, and emergency management officials. The program will use multiple and diverse educational programs at the university to highlight the educational interface between public health, emergency medicine, the "science" of bioterrorism, politics, and organizational needs required to understand and prepare for disasters and associated potential mass casualties.

EP Concentration Guidelines (PDF)

Required Courses

  • CMH 7640 Principles of Emergency Management — 3 credit hours
  • CMH 7650 Public Health Crisis & Consequence Management Techniques — 3 credit hours
  • CMH 7660 Public Health Terrorism Preparedness — 3 credit hours

See EP Concentration Guidelines for additional concentration electives.


Global Health Concentration

globalhealth.jpgStudents learn to promote population health, safety and well-being at local and global levels, as well as eliminate health and social disparities worldwide. Students are prepared to assume roles as local or global leaders in interdisciplinary settings.

GH Concentration Guidelines (PDF)

Required Courses

  • CMH 7710 Global Health — 3 credit hours
  • CMH 7720 Global Health Systems — 3 credit hours

See GH Concentration Guidelines for additional concentration electives.


Health Promotion & Education Concentration

hpe.jpgStudents completing the health promotion and education concentration will develop advanced skills in community needs assessment, program planning, program implementation, program evaluation, and health promotion advocacy. Students will gain depth of knowledge in the determinants of health behavior, theories of social and behavioral change, the interdisciplinary nature of common health issues, and current health promotion and behavioral interventions. Course offerings in the health promotion and education concentration are in partnership with the College of Education and Human Services, the Boonshoft School of Medicine, the Raj Soin College of Business, the College of Liberal Arts, and the School of Professional Psychology.

HPE Concentration Guidelines (PDF)

Required Courses

  • CMH 7410 Community Assessment — 3 credit hours
  • CMH 7420 Health Program Planning and Evaluation — 3 credit hours
  • CMH 7430 Health Awareness and Advocacy Communication — 3 credit hours

See HPE Concentration Guidelines for additional concentration electives.


Public Health Management Concentration

publichealth.jpgThe public health management concentration will provide students with depth of knowledge in issues impacting the management and administration in applied public health and associated work settings. Those who complete course work in this concentration will have advanced competencies in strategy, leadership, personnel, finance, health-related systems and human resources. Course offerings in the management concentration are in partnership with the Boonshoft School of Medicine, the Raj Soin College of Business and the College of Liberal Arts.

PHM Concentration Guidelines (PDF)

Courses

  • CMH 7510 Strategic Leadership in Health Care — 3 credit hours
  • Take two courses from different management subject areas (see concentration guidelines) — 6 credit hours
  • Take one analysis course (see concentration guidelines) — 3 credit hours

See PHM Concentration Guidelines for additional concentration electives.


Practice Placement & Culminating Experience

culminating.jpgA major strength of the WSU M.P.H. program is in providing students with opportunities to apply learning directly within the community setting. The applied research component serves to ground students in "real world" public health applications, and provides service to the community. Each student will work with a faculty representative and a community preceptor. This will constitute the first component of applied learning.

The second component of the applied learning is the intensive culminating experience. Each student will work with his or her faculty advisor to develop an appropriate applied project. The applied project will include elements from the core courses as well as mastery of the concentration area of study. The student will have a primary program committee including an academic advisor, one additional university faculty member, and a field practicum representative. Program committee members will work closely with students in the development and completion of the project. The culminating experience has three primary components: a proposal, a written applied project paper and an oral presentation.

Last edited on 02/16/2015.