(42 semester hours)
In order to meet the foundational competencies of the M.P.H. program, six required courses will be offered and must be completed by all students admitted to the program.
Concentration Electives/Program Electives — 15 to 18 credit hours
Applied Practice Experience
Capstone (will choose one)
Total Credits: 42
Course descriptions are available in the 2018-2019 Academic Catalog.
The M.P.H. program offers two concentration areas of study: Health Promotion and Education and Population Health.
Students completing the health promotion and education concentration are trained to use social and behavioral science to study, develop, and evaluate interventions to promote health, prevent disease and injury, and reduce health inequalities. Graduates develop skills in the implementation of awareness, educational, environmental, and advocacy strategies tailored to populations and community context. Foundational and concentration coursework aligns to the seven areas of responsibilities of the health education specialists (NCHEC 2015), and graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.
Students will meet the following competencies in the health promotion & education concentration:
- Create social and behavioral change interventions based on theories.
- Demonstrate program implementation skills that include communication, teaching, collaboration, advocacy, and engaging the media.
- Create a health communications campaign.
- Monitor the implementation of health promotion programs and policies.
- Demonstrate the ability to conduct process, impact, and outcome evaluations of health promotion programs and policies.
- Critique behavioral and evaluation research.
Students in the PH concentration will have fewer course requirements allowing them the flexibility to choose public health courses based upon their interests and professional goals. The PH concentration offers several programs of study to assist students who want to explore a variety of public health topic areas (e.g., global health, emergency management, leadership), focus on advanced analytical methods, or ultimately work as public health practitioners.
Students will meet the following competencies in the population health concentration:
- Use evidence-based problem solving in the context of a particular population health challenge.
- Demonstrate application of an advanced quantitative or qualitative research methodology.
- Demonstrate the ability to contextualize and integrate knowledge of specific population health issues.
- Address diversity when evaluating population health issues related to improving population health, reducing disparities, or increasing equity.
- Analyze public health as part of larger inter-related systems of organizations that influence population health at the local, regional, national, and global levels.
Program of Study
Students will develop a program of study selecting electives to complete their program requirements. In addition to qualitative and quantitative courses, the program offers electives in several specialty areas — emergency management, health promotion and education, global health, and public health management. Students may take courses within other colleges/schools at Wright State with prior approval of the M.P.H. program director. Contact the M.P.H. program coordinator for more information.
In the majority of cases, electives a student plans to take as part of the M.P.H. degree can be applied to certificate programs offered by the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences (Aerospace Medicine, Epidemiology, Global Heath, Health Care Management, Public Health Emergency Preparedness or Public Health Leadership). Students must contact the certificate program assistant prior to taking the courses to apply for the certificate.
A 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 component serves to ground students in "real world" public health applications, and provides service to the public health community.
Each student works with faculty to develop an applied project. The Capstone requires the student to integrate knowledge gained and demonstrate the skills acquired through their course work and applied practice experience into a project related to the student’s academic goals and professional interests. Ideally the Capstone will benefit the community or a particular target population. Completed Capstone projects will be presented at a poster session during the last semester that the student is enrolled.