MPH Core Courses

Course #TitleCompetenciesCredits
HK 621 Introduction to Public Health 3,4,7,9 3
HSCI 547 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 1,2,4,6,9 3
HK 57601 Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior 2,6,7,9 3
HK 510 Introduction to Quantitative Methods of Public Health 1 3
CSR 687 Public Health Administration 2,3,4,5,8,9 3
HSCI 575 Introduction to Environmental Health 1,2,3,4,5 3
HHS 592 Public Health Practicum 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 3

HK 621 — Introduction to Public Health

A critical analysis of current issues in public health, with emphasis on reviewing current literature and research pertinent to community public health programs.

HK 510 — Introduction to Quantitative Methods of Public Health 

Acquaints students with the basic concepts and methods of statistics, the applications, and their interpretation as used in public health. Students learn basic terminology and its meaning, how to calculate various statistical measures and indices, how to quantify health relationships, and how to compute and interpret inferential statistical techniques. Students will acquire the ability to utilize statistical software as a tool to facilitate the processing, editing, storing, displaying, analysis, and interpretation of health research-related data.

HSCI 547 — Fundamentals of Epidemiology

The use of epidemiological methods to study the adverse effects of environmental agents on human health. Study designs, association and causation, statistical analysis, bias and confounding, modeling of exposure-response relationships, molecular epidemiology, and investigation of disease outbreaks. The emphasis of the course is on analytical studies, quantitative measures of association and critical readings of current literature.

HSCI 575 — Introduction to Environmental Health

An introduction to chemical, physical and biological factors in the environment that affect the health of the community. This course examines health issues, scientific understanding of causes, and approaches to the control of major environmental health problems in industrialized and developed countries.

HK 57601 — Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior

Examines the theoretical foundations of health behavior. Emphasizes the development of a conceptual framework for understanding and facilitating behavior enhancement, elimination, and/or maintenance in health promotion and education. Focuses on current theories regarding health-related behaviors.

CSR 590 — Public Health Administration 

The course is designed in a way that students will engage in self-learning, group exercises, and partnership with the local health department. Students are assigned to groups of 3-4 students for the duration of the course to address the problems collaboratively. Through the use of case studies, videos, small group discussions, and service learning, students will explore the process of public health accreditation and acquire working knowledge about the topics of:

  • Community health assessment
  • Strategic thinking
  • Quality improvement
  • Sustainable programming

HHS 592 — Public Health Practicum

Integrates public health theory and practice in a professional setting. Students apply concepts from core and concentration courses, conduct projects and interact with a range of professionals in the designated setting. 

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