Mission:

The mission of the Master of Public Health with concentration in Community Health Education program is to prepare culturally competent professionals in public health, with a strong focus on social justice, consistent with the missions of the University, College, and the Graduate School. This interdisciplinary academic and experiential program trains public health practitioners with professional skills for planning, implementing, evaluating and sustaining efforts to enhance population health and eliminate health disparities. The program seeks to advance the goals of Healthy People 2020 and the National Prevention Strategy; and to contribute to a diverse public health workforce by developing and nurturing a student body that represents multiple cultural, educational and professional backgrounds.

Program Competencies

Core Competencies:

By the time they graduate, MPH students will be able to:

  • PH1: Describe the applications of social and behavioral sciences in public health research and practice
  • PH2: Describe the role of social, behavioral, and policy interventions in advancing the public’s health
  • PH3: Demonstrate a commitment to social justice and the elimination of health disparities through the development or application of policies and programs to advance this agenda
  • PH4: Demonstrate an understanding of the main components – including the legal, ethical and historical underpinnings – of the organization, financing and delivery of public health
  • PH5: Apply descriptive and inferential techniques commonly used to summarize public health data
  • PH6: Interpret and evaluate the findings of public health studies and be able to communicate their implications to lay and professional audiences
  • PH7: Describe the direct and indirect human, ecological and safety effects of major environmental and occupational agents
  • PH8: Work collaboratively with diverse communities and constituencies, while demonstrating high levels of personal and professional ethics and cultural competency
  • PH9: Describe the applications of social and behavioral sciences in public health research and practice

Concentration Competencies:

By the time they graduate, MPH students in a concentration in Community Health Education will be able to:

  • CHE1: Plan and perform community health needs assessments
  • CHE2: Plan effective community health interventions, drawing upon established theories and empirical evidence
  • CHE3: Implement community health interventions
  • CHE4: Evaluate community health interventions, utilizing appropriate research design and methodology
  • CHE5: Identify strategies for developing partnerships, community organizing and coalition building to create and sustain public health interventions
  • CHE6: Integrate ethical considerations and social justice values in community health education practice
  • CHE7: Utilize current research findings in community health education practice
  • CHE8: Develop and adapt culturally appropriate approaches to community health education and health promotion
  • CHE9: Use a variety of effective educational strategies, methods, and techniques to develop and deliver health messages to diverse audiences
  • CHE10: Engage in advocacy efforts to improve community health education policies and programs
  • CHE11: Identify opportunities for professional development, participation and learning in community health education
  • CHE12: Identify valid, reliable, and up-to-date resources for specific topical areas in public health

By the time they graduate, MPH students with a concentration in Health Systems Administration and Policy will be able to:

  • HSAP1: Apply the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives
  • HSAP2: Apply “systems thinking” for resolving organizational problems
  • HSAP3: Demonstrate leadership skills for building partnerships, negotiation and conflict management
  • HSAP4: Identify unintended consequences produced by changes made to a public health system
  • HSAP5: Explain how the contexts of gender, race, poverty, history, migration and culture are important in the design of interventions within public health systems
  • HSAP6: Analyze inter-relationships among systems that influence the quality of life of people in their communities
  • HSAP7: Analyze the effects of political, social and economic policies on public health systems at the local, state, national and international levels
  • HSAP8: Assess strengths and weaknesses of applying the systems approach to public health problems
  • HSAP9: Prepare a program budget with justification
  • HSAP10: Apply basic economic principles to health care delivery and public health system