Public Health, Master of

The Master of Public Health is a 45-47 credit program developed to provide advanced education in public health, with a specialty focus on community-based public health practice. Students will expand their skill sets in the essential services of public health, research and ethics, public health policy, and the leadership and administration of public health. The program is offered in an online format in order to accommodate the schedules of public health professionals in the workforce. Our graduates will be equipped to positively impact existing public health systems, and provide leadership in public health programs and organizations. The credits earned in this degree will easily transfer into doctoral programs should the graduate wish to pursue a doctorate.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Master of Public Health is derived from the Mission of Goodwin College. It has as its focus the educational preparation of students to become Public Health Practitioners who are lifelong learners. The Program provides an atmosphere whereby its diverse student population can grow intellectually by promoting critical thinking skills, personal development, and community involvement. The Public Health curriculum provides an educational foundation upon which each student may continue to build his/her professional public health career by integrating theory and research into public health practice.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program the learner will be able to:

  1. Deconstruct the ways in which the history, philosophy and core values of public health shape public health practice today.
  2. Evaluate the impact of socioeconomic, behavioral, biological and environmental factors on health equity in US populations.
  3. Highlight the key characteristics of the US health system that distinguish it from the health systems of other countries.
  4. Propose and prioritize culturally responsive, evidence-based solutions to emerging public health problems.
  5. Devise strategies for the planning, assessment and evaluation of public health programs and interventions.
  6. Evaluate public health policies based on their legal, ethical, economic and regulatory merit.
  7. Deduce the impact of local, state, and federal legislation, regulations and standards on population health.
  8. Appraise and rank public health data sources used for public program planning and development.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the college’s requirements of all graduate program applications, students interested in the Master of Public Health must also:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree in any field.
  • Write a personal statement providing a description of academic and professional goals.
  • Possess a 3.0 GPA.
  • Participate in an interview with Program Director, Public Health faculty and Public Health Advisory Board members.

Graduation Requirements

Graduate students must earn a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0. Students must also earn a grade of B- or higher in their capstone course or internship course.

 

Curriculum

Semester One

Module One

PBH 500Foundations of Public Health

3

PBH 520Biostatistics

3

Module Two

PBH 560Social and Behavioral Sciences

3

PBH 580Public Health Policy

3

Semester Two

Module One

PBH 590Occupational and Environmental Health

3

PBH 540Epidemiology

3

Module Two

PBH 570Methods in Research and Practice

3

PBH 5XXElective

3

Semester Three

Module One

PBH 600Seminar - Ethical Issues in Research

1

PBH 680Internship/Field Experience

3

Module Two

PBH 6XXElective

3

PBH 6XXElective

3

Semester Four

Module One

PBH 6XXElective

3

PBH 6XXElective

3

Module Two

PBH 605Seminar - Careers in Public Health

1

PBH 695Capstone

4-6

Electives

PBH 530Introduction to Maternal and Child Health

3

PBH 550Emerging Infectious Diseases

3

PBH 615Health Promotion

3

PBH 625US Healthcare Delivery Systems

3

PBH 635Public Health and an Aging Society

3

PBH 643Ergonomics and Injury Prevention

3

PBH 645Public Health Administration

3

PBH 655Environmental Health Policy

3

PBH 665Public Health Economics

3

PBH 675Global Public Health

3

PBH 685Public Health Preparedness

3

PBH 690Risk Communication

3

Total Credit Hours: 45-47