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Public Health Practice

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Overview | Advising | MPH Plan | GC Plan | Opportunities

Programs Overview

Graduate Programs in Public Health Practice reflect the broad range of knowledge and skill-based competencies germane to public health practice in the 21st century. The graduate programs include a master in public health or a graduate certificate. These professional degrees, delivered mostly online, offer flexibility and accessibility that fits in with your personal and professional responsibilities. Easy to use web-based technology enables learning in an engaging, interactive environment. The program uses the traditional fall and spring semester (16 weeks each) and Summer Term (two 6-week sessions) academic calendar format. Instruction is delivered by School of Public Health faculty and experts from prominent public health organizations. Information on UMD’s online learning environment may be found here.

The Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice and Policy, MPH-PHPP, is a 42-credit curriculum that includes instruction on the principles of public health, public health management, and public health policy and practice. The program provides working professionals with essential knowledge, tools, and resources to successfully address the critical issues facing health care organizations. The MPH-PHPP may be completed in as little as 24 months without taking leave time from work. Online instruction is supplemented by a total of six weekends of residency held at the UMD College Park campus. The MPH-PHPP highlights intensive leadership training throughout all coursework, a residency with leadership practice, an internship to apply previously acquired knowledge and skills in a health or allied health organization, and a capstone project that integrates all course learning and experiences.

The Graduate Certificate in Principles of Public Health, GC-PPH, is a 15-credit curriculum that provides a foundation in the core principles of public health required of health care professionals. The fully online program provides a rigorous and engaging multi-disciplinary curriculum and may be completed in 12 months. Students who successfully complete requirements for the graduate certificate may apply these credits towards the MPH-PHPP. Students must first submit an application; if applying within a five-year period, students do not need to re-submit accompanying application materials or pay the application fee.

Students should visit Calendars & Deadlines to determine the semester schedule start and end dates as well as deadlines for cancellation or withdrawal. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required to maintain good academic progress for graduation. Students are responsible for keeping track of their progress and should review their academic record to ensure accuracy.

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 MPH in Public Health Practice and Policy has a 42-credit (fourteen 3-credit courses) multi-disciplinary curriculum. Courses include the core principles of public health (five courses, 15 credits), public health management and policy (five courses, 12 credits), public health practice and policy (four courses, 9 credits), and internship and capstone (two courses, 6 credits). The program is offered mostly online during the fall and spring semesters (16 weeks each) and Summer Term (two 6-week sessions). MPH-PHPP has a residency course, HLSA772, which is the only course that has required face to face elements. In addition to online coursework, HSLA772 meets face to face for 6 weekends at the UMD College Park campus. 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.

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 GC in Public Health Practice is a 15-credit (five 3-credit courses) program. 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

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 the accrediting body (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 in Public Health Policy and Practice 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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