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Public Health Practice

Plans of Study & Courses

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Advising & Academic Director

Mentoring and advisement is an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the program director to ensure that educational goals are being met. For a personal consultation about your career plans and how Public Health Practice professional degrees can empower you to meet your goals, contact Dr. Negin Fouladi at fouladi@umd.edu.

Plan of Study: Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice and Policy (MPH-PHPP) has a 42-credit (fourteen 3-credit courses) multi-disciplinary curriculum. The MPH-PHPP is offered mostly online during the fall and spring semesters (16 weeks each) and Summer Term (two 6-week sessions). The MPH-PHPP may be completed in 24 months of full-time enrollment by taking 9 credits each in fall I, spring I, and fall II semesters and 6 credits during Summer Term. Full-time and part-time enrollment is welcomed.

The MPH-PHPP plan of study includes five core principles of public health courses (15 credits); eight general courses (21 credits) that focus on management & policy and practice & policy; one internship course (3 credits); and one capstone course (3 credits). The MPH-PHPP residency course, HLSA772, is the only course with required face to face elements. In addition to online coursework, HSLA772 meets face to face for 6 weekends at the UMD College Park campus.

MPH-PHPP: Plan of Study
Course Title Offered Delivery
EPIB610 Foundations of Epidemiology Spring/Summer Online
EPIB650 Biostatistics I Spring/Summer Online
HLSA601 Introduction to Health Systems Fall/Summer Online
HLSA702 Policy and Politics of Health Summer Online
HLSA711 Health Economics and Analysis Fall Online
HLSA720 Health Law and Ethics Fall Online
HLSA740 Healthcare Strategic Planning and Marketing Spring Online
HLSA745 Public Health Practice and Management Fall Online
HLSA772 Healthcare Leadership and Communications Fall Blended
HLSA775 Public Health Research Summer Online
HLTH665 Health Behavior Spring/Summer Online
MIEH600 Foundations of Environmental Health Fall/Summer Online
HLSA785 Internship in Public Health All Online
HLSA786 Capstone Project in Public Health All Online

Plan of Study: Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Practice plan of study—five courses, 15-credits—concentrates on the core principles of public health. Courses are offered during the fall and spring semesters (16 weeks each) and Summer Term (two 6-week sessions). All courses are delivered online. The graduate certificate may be completed in 12 months of study.

GC-PHP: Plan of Study
Course Title Offered Delivery
EPIB610 Foundations of Epidemiology Spring/Summer Online
EPIB650 Biostatistics I Spring/Summer Online
HLSA601 Introduction to Health Systems Fall/Summer Online
HLTH665 Health Behavior Spring/Summer Online
MIEH600 Foundations of Environmental Health Fall/Summer Online

Course Descriptions

EPIB610 Foundations of Epidemiology, 3 credits. Introduction to the discipline of epidemiology and its applications to health issues and practices. Basic epidemiologic concepts and methods will be covered. (Core Principles)

EPIB650 Biostatistics I, 3 credits. Basic statistical concepts and procedures for Public Health. Focuses on applications, hands-on-experience, and interpretations of statistical findings. (Core Principles)

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. (Core Principles)

HLTH665 Health Behavior I, 3 credits. The psychological, social psychological, and sociological theories of health behavior. The relation of health knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, intentions, and behavior to preventive, illness, sick-role, and health utilization behaviors. (Core Principles)

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. (Core Principles)

HLSA702 Policy and Politics of Health, 3 credits.

HLSA709: Current Topics in Health Services, 1 credit. This course covers current and classic readings on various aspects of the health services including the health care system and health care policy. The readings will be critically analyzed and applied to students' research and health services issues. (General—Management & Policy)

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. (General—Management & Policy)

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. (General—Management & Policy)

HLSA740: Healthcare Strategic Planning and Evaluation, 2 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. (General—Management & Policy)

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. (General—Policy & Practice)

HLSA772: Healthcare Leadership and Communications, 3 credits. Health care administrators rely on transformational leadership skills and insights to help their organizations rise to the social financial, public health, and technological challenges of the future. Students will assess and develop their leadership strengths, apply key leadership communication principles, and critically analyze relevant leadership models, exploring their utility in addressing key leadership issues in health care organizations. An underlying theme will be the identification of core values involved in health care delivery, integration of those values in personal and organizational missions, and effective communication to stakeholders. (General—Management & Policy)

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. (General—Policy & Practice)

HLSA785: Internship in Public Health, 3 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. (Internship)

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. (Capstone Project)

Professional Opportunities

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) after completing all the core principles of public health courses.

Acquisition and fulfillment of key competencies are required by CEPH and are the foundation for a successful career. Each competency is covered by both the internship and the capstone project. Upon graduation, a student with an MPH-PHPP will be able to:

  • Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing, and delivery of health services and public health system in the US.
  • Describe legal and ethical bases for public health, health care management and health services.
  • Apply core knowledge of public health to organizational health safety and preparedness.
  • Discuss policy process for improving health status of populations as well as effects on public and private health care organizations.
  • Apply the principles of strategic planning, development, marketing, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
  • Apply organizational theory as well as “systems thinking” for resolving public health organizational issues.
  • Communicate health policy and management issues using appropriate channels and technologies.
  • Demonstrate leadership and skills for building partnerships.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and manage health information including data collection, statistical and non-statistical analyses, and interpretation of economic, operations, marketing, and other data for decision-making.
  • Apply public health economics principles to structure, market, position, and govern health organizations to achieve optimum performance.
  • Demonstrate management skills appropriate to diverse public health organizational environments.

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