Public Health Practice and Policy

Advising & Plans of Study (Beginning Fall 2018)

Advising | MPH Plan | 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-Public Health Practice and Policy) 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 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.

MPH-Public Health Practice and Policy features the convenience and flexibility of online instruction provided by School of Public Health faculty and experts from prominent public health organizations. Online content is delivered through UMD’s online learning environment. The program’s residency course, SPHL620, which meets four to five weekend days at the College Park campus, is the only course with required face to face elements. MPH-Public Health Practice and Policy uses the semester academic calendar fall and spring semester (16 weeks each) and Summer Session (two 6-week sessions). Full-time and part-time enrollment is welcomed. Below are examples of full-time and part-time plan of studies for fall and spring admission. Students 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 HLSA772 Healthcare Leadership and Communications 3 Blended
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 HLSA772 Healthcare Leadership and Communications 3 Blended
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 HLSA772 Healthcare Leadership and Communications 3 Blended
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 HLSA772 Healthcare Leadership and Communications 3 Blended
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

Learning Outcomes

The MPH-Public Health Practice and Policy 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-Public Health Practice and Policy 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-Public Health Practice and Policy, student learning outcomes are evaluated with specific assessments mapped to specific courses, as mandated by CEPH accreditation requirements.

MPH-Public Health Practice and Policy 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).
  • 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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