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Public Health Practice

Advising, Plans of Study & Courses (Beginning Fall 2018)

Advising | MPH Plan | GC Plan | Courses | Learning Outcomes

Advising & Academic Director

Mentoring and advisement is an essential part of the program. Upon admission, students meet with the program director to develop a plan of study and ensure that educational goals are being met. For a personal consultation to develop a course plan and discuss how Public Health Practice professional degrees can empower you to meet career goals, contact Dr. Negin Fouladi at fouladi@umd.edu.

Plan of Study: Master of Public Health (Beginning Fall 2018)

The Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice and Policy (MPH-PHPP) has a 45-credit, sixteen-course, multi-disciplinary curriculum that provides current knowledge and skills in the wide range of areas of expertise required of tomorrow’s public health policy and practice leaders. The MPH-PHPP plan of study includes:

  • 14 credits (six courses) in evidence-based approaches to public health that includes public health and health care systems, planning and management to promote health, policy in public health, leadership, communication, and inter-professional practice and systems thinking;
  • 24 credits (eight courses) in public health management, health policy and services, health law and economics, public health research methods, and foundations of environmental health;
  • 4 credits (credits may be spread over multiple semesters) for the internship; and
  • 3 credits (one course) for the capstone project.

The MPH-PHPP is offered mostly online during the fall and spring semesters (16 weeks each) and Summer Term (two 6-week sessions). Full-time and part-time enrollment is welcomed. The MPH-PHPP residency course, SPHL620, is the only course with required face to face elements. In addition to online coursework, SPHL620 meets face to face for four to five weekend days of residency at the UMD College Park campus.

Below are examples of Full-time and Part-time plan of studies for Fall and Spring Admission into the MPH-PHPP program. Students will use these plans as guides to develop individual course plans with the program director.

Fall Admission: Example of Full-Time Course Plan
Offered Study Year Course Title Credits Delivery
Fall 1st SPHL601 Core Concepts in Public Health 1 Online
Fall 1st SPHL602 Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics 4 Online
Fall 1st SPHL603 Public Health Data Laboratory 1 Online
Fall 1st HLSA745 Public Health Practice and Management 3 Online
Spring 1st SPHL610 Health Program Planning, Development, Evaluation, and Resources 5 Online
Spring 1st SPHL611 Public Health Ethics 1 Online
Spring 1st HLSA720 Health Law and Ethics 3 Online
Summer 1st HLSA775 Public Health Research Methods 3 Online
Summer 1st HLSA702 Policy and Politics of Health 3 Online
Summer 1st HLSA778 Internship in Public Health 2 Online
Fall 2nd SPHL620 Leadership, Teams, and Coalitions: Policy to Advocacy 2 Blended
Fall 2nd HLSA601 Introduction to Health Systems 3 Online
Fall 2nd MIEH600 Foundations of Environmental Health 3 Online
Fall 2nd HLSA778 Internship in Public Health 2 Online
Spring 2nd HLSA711 Health Economics and Analysis 3 Online
Spring 2nd HLSA740 Healthcare Strategic Planning and Evaluation 3 Online
Spring 2nd HLSA786 Capstone Project in Public Health 3 Online
Fall Admission: Example of Part-Time Course Plan
Offered Study Year Course Title Credits Delivery
Fall 1st SPHL601 Core Concepts in Public Health 1 Online
Fall 1st SPHL602 Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics 4 Online
Fall 1st SPHL603 Public Health Data Laboratory 1 Online
Spring 1st SPHL610 Health Program Planning, Development, Evaluation, and Resources 5 Online
Spring 1st SPHL611 Public Health Ethics 1 Online
Summer 1st HLSA775 Public Health Research Methods 3 Online
Summer 1st HLSA778 Internship in Public Health 3 Online
Fall 2nd SPHL620 Leadership, Teams, and Coalitions: Policy to Advocacy 2 Blended
Fall 2nd HLSA601 Introduction to Health Systems 3 Online
Fall 2nd HLSA778 Internship in Public Health 1 Online
Spring 2nd HLSA711 Health Economics and Analysis 3 Online
Spring 2nd HLSA740 Healthcare Strategic Planning and Evaluation 3 Online
Summer 2nd HLSA702 Policy and Politics of Health 3 Online
Fall 3rd MIEH600 Foundations of Environmental Health 3 Online
Fall 3rd HLSA745 Public Health Practice and Management 3 Online
Spring 3rd HLSA720 Health Law and Ethics 3 Online
Spring 3rd HLSA786 Capstone Project in Public Health 3 Online
Spring Admission: Example of Full-Time Course Plan
Offered Study Year Course Title Credits Delivery
Spring 1st HLSA711 Health Economics and Analysis 3 Online
Spring 1st HLSA740 Healthcare Strategic Planning and Evaluation 3 Online
Spring 1st HLSA720 Health Law and Ethics 3 Online
Summer 1st HLSA775 Public Health Research Methods 3 Online
Summer 1st HLSA702 Policy and Politics of Health 3 Online
Fall 1st SPHL601 Core Concepts in Public Health 1 Online
Fall 1st SPHL602 Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics 4 Online
Fall 1st SPHL603 Public Health Data Laboratory 1 Online
Fall 1st HLSA745 Public Health Practice and Management 3 Online
Spring 2nd SPHL610 Health Program Planning, Development, Evaluation, and Resources 5 Online
Spring 2nd SPHL611 Public Health Ethics 1 Online
Spring 2nd HLSA778 Internship in Public Health 1 Online
Summer 2nd HLSA778 Internship in Public Health 3 Online
Fall 2nd SPHL620 Leadership, Teams, and Coalitions: Policy to Advocacy 2 Blended
Fall 2nd HLSA601 Introduction to Health Systems 3 Online
Fall 2nd MIEH600 Foundations of Environmental Health 3 Online
Fall 2nd HLSA786 Capstone Project in Public Health 3 Online
Spring Admission: Example of Part-Time Course Plan
Offered Study Year Course Title Credits Delivery
Spring 1st HLSA740 Healthcare Strategic Planning and Evaluation 3 Online
Spring 1st HLSA720 Health Law and Ethics 3 Online
Summer 1st HLSA702 Policy and Politics of Health 3 Online
Fall 1st SPHL601 Core Concepts in Public Health 1 Online
Fall 1st SPHL602 Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics 4 Online
Fall 1st SPHL603 Public Health Data Laboratory 1 Online
Spring 2nd SPHL610 Health Program Planning, Development, Evaluation, and Resources 5 Online
Spring 2nd SPHL611 Public Health Ethics 1 Online
Summer 2nd HLSA778 Internship in Public Health 3 Online
Fall 2nd SPHL620 Leadership, Teams, and Coalitions: Policy to Advocacy 2 Blended
Fall 2nd MIEH600 Foundations of Environmental Health 3 Online
Fall 2nd HLSA778 Internship in Public Health 1 Online
Spring 3rd HLSA711 Health Economics and Analysis 3 Online
Summer 3rd HLSA775 Public Health Research Methods 3 Online
Fall 3rd HLSA745 Public Health Practice and Management 3 Online
Fall 3rd HLSA601 Introduction to Health Systems 3 Online
Fall 3rd HLSA786 Capstone Project in Public Health 3 Online

Plan of Study: Graduate Certificate (Beginning Fall 2018)

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Practice plan of study—six courses, 14-credits—embraces an emphasis on real-world public health practice. Courses are offered during the fall and spring semesters (16 weeks each) and Summer Term (one 6-week session). Students take six credits in fall and spring semesters; two credits in Summer Term. All courses are delivered online. The graduate certificate may be completed in 12 months of study.

Offered Course Title Credits Delivery
Fall SPHL601 Core Concepts in Public Health 1 Online
Fall SPHL602 Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics 4 Online
Fall SPHL603 Public Health Data Laboratory 1 Online
Spring SPHL610 Health Program Planning, Development, Evaluation, and Resources 5 Online
Spring SPHL611 Public Health Ethics 1 Online
Summer SPHL620 Leadership, Teams, and Coalitions: Policy to Advocacy 2 Online

Course Descriptions (Beginning Fall 2018)

HLSA601 Introduction to Health Systems, 3 credits. Management and leadership skills for effective public health planning, organization, management and administration. Emphasis is on the role of institutions in learning and behavioral change process, organizational theory, administration management, and coordinating provision of community health services. (MPH-PHPP)

HLSA702 Policy and Politics of Health, 3 credits. Organizational and financial components of the U.S. health care system, including social and political forces that bind the system. Advanced political analysis of the health care system, including key issues and problems. (MPH-PHPP)

HLSA711 Health Economics and Analysis, 3 credits. Provides an analysis of health and health care services as economic goods. Using microeconomic theories, we will examine the behavior of health care providers, consumers, markets, and firms. (MPH-PHPP)

HLSA720 Health Law and Ethics, 3 credits. The legal system helps determine the relationships prevailing among individuals, institutions and governments by setting out the rights, duties and powers of the various parties. This course will look at some of the more important concepts the law uses within the context of health services and public health. (MPH-PHPP)

HLSA740 Healthcare Strategic Planning and Evaluation, 3 credits. Provides an understanding of strategic management and marketing enabling the student to lead the process of strategic planning in a health care organization. By conducting a marketing and strategic planning process, health care organizations are better able to cope with dramatic changes in technological, social, political, regulatory, and competitive aspects of the health care market. Through course reading, class discussion, analyses of secondary quantitative and qualitative data, and presentation of case studies, students gain a thorough understanding of the process of strategic management. (MPH-PHPP)

HLSA745: Public Health Practice and Management, 3 credits. This course covers public health management and practice concepts and definitions; history and development of public health management and practice, health determinants and Healthy People; policy, legal and ethical issues; health departments and programs; community assessment, change and performance measures; health data management; management of public health organizations and workforce; public health policy and practice regarding prevention and chronic disease, primary care, oral diseases, child health, injury control, environmental health, health in the 21st century; future of public health policies and practice. (MPH-PHPP)

HLSA775: Public Health Research Methods, 3 credits. This course covers policy and social issues, theory, and methods of evaluation and participatory research, from simple community based health programs to large-scale interventions. The course emphasizes experimental and quasi-experimental designs to estimate program impact as well as evaluation of program implementation. Case studies drawn from the public health field illustrate various types of evaluations and participatory research initiatives. (MPH-PHPP)

HLSA778 Internship in Public Health, 4 credits. Internship and seminar providing an opportunity to apply previously acquired knowledge and skills in a health or allied health organization. Setting of the internship will depend upon the student's background and career goals. (MPH-PHPP)

HLSA786: Capstone Project in Public Health, 3 credits. Capstone experience providing opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to a specific public health problem or issue. Completion of project relevant to public health under the direction of an advisor. (MPH-PHPP)

MIEH600 Foundations of Environmental Health, 3 credits. Overview of the chemical, physical and biological hazards present in our living and working environment and their effects on human health. Topics include: exposure assessment, industrial hygiene and safety, pesticides, community and indoor pollution, food-borne diseases, solid and hazardous wastes, water resources, risk assessment, ecological issues and environmental laws. (MPH-PHPP)

SPHL601 Core Concepts in Public Health, 1 credit. (GC & MPH-PHPP)

SPHL602 Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, 4 credits. (GC & MPH-PHPP)

SPHL603 Applied Data Management Laboratory, 1 credit. (GC & MPH-PHPP)

SPHL610 Program Planning and Evaluation, 5 credits. (GC & MPH-PHPP)

SPHL611 Public Health Ethics, 1 credit. (GC & MPH-PHPP)

SPHL620 Leadership in Public Health, 2 credits. (GC & MPH-PHPP)

Learning Outcomes

Graduate Programs in Public Health Practice helps build a platform of professional network support, benefiting you throughout your career. The focus on leadership, practice, and policy provides practical knowledge and professional skills to apply to your work in the health industry. The School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). MPH-PHPP students are eligible to take the National Board of Public Health Examiners exam to become Certified in Public Health (CPH). For the GC-PPH and the MPH-PHPP, student learning outcomes are evaluated with specific assessments mapped to specific courses, as mandated by CEPH accreditation requirements.

GC-PPH learning outcomes are as follows:

  • Compare the organization, structure, and function of health care, public health, and regulatory systems across national and international settings (course = SPHL601).
  • Assess population needs, assets, and capacities that affect communities’ health and select methods to evaluate public health programs (course = SPHL610).
  • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context (course = SPHL602, SPHL603).
  • Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence, and apply systems thinking to public health issues (course = SPHL610, SPHL611, SPHL620).
  • Apply principles of leadership, governance, and management, and identify communication strategies for different audiences and sectors (SPHL620).

MPH-PHPP learning outcomes are as follows:

  • Includes all of the learning outcomes delineated in the GC-PPH outcomes, above.
  • Apply systems thinking and organizational theory to address public health issues (course = HLSA601, HLSA740, SPHL620).
  • Evaluate the main components of the organization and delivery of healthcare in the US and other nations and the impact on population health (course = HLSA601, HLSA745, SPHL601).
  • Evaluate the policy making process and determinants of success and failure of public policies to achieve improvements in population health at local, state, federal, and international levels (course = HLSA702, HLSA601).
  • Apply economics principles and methods to analyze efficiency of private and public health policy and management issues (course = HLSA711).
  • Assess environmental health problems and associated factors, including regulatory programs, guidelines, and authorities that control environmental health issues (course = MIEH600).
  • Apply the principles of strategic planning, development, marketing, budgeting, management, and evaluation in organization and community initiatives (course = HLSA740, SPHL610).
  • Apply analytical methods for analysis of health policy and management issues (course = HLSA775, SPHL610).
  • Demonstrate leadership and managements skills for building partnership through collaborative efforts and communication of health policy and management issues (course = SPHL610, SPHL620).
  • Describe legal and ethical bases for public health, health care management, and health services (course = HLSA720, SPHL611).

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