Curriculum

48 credits

Public Health in the CommunityThe Master of Public Health curriculum is 48 credits, or approximately 4 courses per semester (Fall and Spring), over the span of two years for full-time students. Students have the option to attend full-time or part-time.

The program content will include 39 credits of core curriculum and 9 credits of specialized study in Community Health. For their seminar experience (6 credits), students will have the choice of completing a thesis (i.e., original research) or an applied public health project. The MPH courses offered in each of these areas are described below.

Core Curriculum | 39 credits

Profession and Science of Public Health     3 CR
Addresses the history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts, functions, ethics, and leadership roles. Students are required to define their own philosophy of public health within the context of the fields’ mission, core values, and functions.

Research Methods     3 CR
Concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, analysis and interpretation, and the evidence-based reasoning and informatics approaches that are essential to public health practice will be examined.

Biostatistics     3 CR
Introduces and applies the biostatistics tools and analytical base for population-based and community health assessment and evaluation: descriptive statistics; probability; sampling; statistical distributions; estimation; hypothesis testing; chi-square tests; simple and multiple linear regression; one-way ANOVA. The use of computer software in statistical analysis is incorporated.

Social Ecological Determinants of Health     3 CR
Examines the biological, environmental, socio-economic, behavioral, cultural, and other factors that impact human health, influence the global and societal burden of disease, and contribute to health disparities. The cultural context of public health issues and respectful engagement with people of different cultures and socioeconomic strata will also be assessed.

Public Health Program Planning & Management      3 CR
Concepts of project implementation and management, including needs assessment, planning, budgeting, human resources, assessment, and evaluation.

Grant Writing & Reporting     3 CR
Provides an overview of the grant writing process, exposes students to different types of funding organizations/programs, different types of grant proposals, and builds students’ grant writing and reviewing skills.

Public Health and Health Care Systems     3 CR
Examines characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. health care system and how they compare to health care systems in other countries.

Issues of Diversity & Equity in Public Health     3 CR
This course will examine the intersection between public health and social justice, with a focus on the ways in which inequity, specifically the conditions that lead to poverty, disproportionately affect health outcomes. Students will also examine strategies support diverse, and historically disadvantaged, communities with public health programs and policies.

Policy in Public Health     3 CR
The legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy, the roles, influences, and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government, and approaches to developing, evaluating, and advocating for public health policies will be discussed.

Systems Thinking     3 CR
This course provides an introduction to systems thinking and systems models in public health. Systems thinking is an approach to allow students to consider the complex and many factors that contribute to public health problems.

Epidemiology     3 CR
The principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation including describing the patterns of illness in populations and research designs for investigating the etiology of disease, quantitative measures to determine risk and association and procedures for standardization of rates will be covered.

Public Health Seminar – Practicum or Thesis     6 CR
Students will participate in a seminar course where they will integrate concepts learned in the MPH program through either mentored thesis research or an applied project. Students will also integrate concepts learned by working in teams to solve problems presented in case studies.

Community Health Specialization | 9 credits

Must complete 9 credits from the courses listed below.

Physical Activity and Behavioral Science     3 CR
Using an ecological approach, theories and studies relative to lifestyle and behavior modification are examined. Best practices for promoting physical activity in communities will be reviewed. Changing physical activity behavior among special populations (e.g., children, older adults, minority populations) will also be examined. 

Community Health Development     3 CR
This course examined best practices for community health development. Core concepts will include creating partnerships, community assessment, analyzing problems and goals, strategic planning, intervention development, developing logic models, program evaluation, advocacy, cultural competence, and planning for sustainability. This course involves a service learning component.

Essential Community Services     3 CR
Health is greatly impact by access to essential social services. This course will provide an overview of those essential services offered in communities to support health and wellness. Essential community services examined will include: housing, transportation, substance use and mental health, feeding programs, and more. Guest lecturers from essential service providers in CT will enrich the content delivered.

Health Communication     3 CR
This course examines how the media influences public health, health communication theory, as well as the design, implementation, and evaluation of media campaigns to promote public health.

Public Health Nutrition     3 CR
Students will examine the role of nutrition in promoting, maintaining, and improving health in communities. A social ecological approach will be used to examine factors which influence dietary intake, food choices, and related health outcomes.