General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 45
|ENVH 5103||Environmental Health||3|
|EPBI 5101||Fundamentals of Epidemiology||3|
|or EPBI 5201||Epidemiological Research Methods I|
|HPM 5006||Political and Economic Aspects of Health||3|
|HPM 8112||Public Health Program Evaluation||3|
|HRPR 5001||Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions||0|
|SBS 5001||Fundamentals of Public Health||3|
|SBS 5102||Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior||3|
|SBS 8105||Health Communication||3|
|or SBS 5009||Risk Communication and Public Health|
|SBS 8111||Public Health Program Planning||3|
|Select one of the following:|
Understanding Stress and Change
|Additional Electives 1||9|
|M.P.H. Fieldwork Experience|
|SBS 9289||MPH Fieldwork I||3|
|SBS 9389||MPH Fieldwork II||3|
|Total Credit Hours||45|
Electives include SBS 8005 Health Promotion in Vulnerable Populations (3 s.h.), SBS 8006 Addictions and Dependencies (3 s.h.), and SBS 8018 Obesity: From Genes to Junk Food (3 s.h.). Students may select other electives with the approval of a faculty advisor.
Internship: An internship is required as part of a student's M.P.H. fieldwork.
The M.P.H. fieldwork practicum is the capstone experience of the M.P.H. educational program and takes place over two terms during the student’s final year in the program. The fieldwork practicum requires a student to synthesize and integrate the knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a placement that approximates some aspect of professional practice. The internship or practicum experience occurs in a public health agency or under the supervision of a faculty preceptor and in conjunction with two semester courses (SBS 9289 and SBS 9389) taught by department faculty. The M.P.H. fieldwork experience is required by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the accrediting body of all U.S. schools of public health, for completion of the M.P.H. degree. In addition, this culminating experience provides the student with the opportunity to develop expertise in a topic area and to contribute original and independent observations to a body of knowledge.
For the culminating experience to fulfill the requirements of SBS 9289 and SBS 9389, M.P.H. in Social and Behavioral Sciences students are expected to complete a fieldwork experience, which enables them to:
Explain the contributions of social and behavioral sciences to public health.
Describe health problems, including their social, cultural, environmental, and behavioral causes.
Ensure that social and behavioral science theories and concepts are used in planning and evaluating public health programs.
Use behavioral science and health promotion methods in planning/evaluating public health programs.
Apply ethical principles to public health program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
Identify multiple targets and levels of intervention for social and behavioral science programs and/or policies, including individual, family, network, organizational, community, policy, physical environment, and culture.
A final paper is the required deliverable for the M.P.H. fieldwork requirement. Students must also demonstrate their proficiency and the application of theory and principles in the paper and demonstrate mastery of the required competencies during the oral defense. The evaluation of the M.P.H. fieldwork practicum experience, therefore, is integrated into the culminating experience requirement.