Master of Public Health
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Distance Learning, On-Campus
USD 27,825 / per year
Earliest start date
As a public health professional, you have the power to help protect the health of populations around the globe. This program builds on your bachelor’s degree so you can build your career preventing disease transmission, promoting health and wellness in communities, and advancing health equity across the globe.
In this flexible program, you can study on a full-or part-time basis, either on-campus or online. During two or more years, you’ll take courses in topics such as quantitative and qualitative research methods, environmental health sciences, health policy, and community health. When you graduate, you’ll be well prepared to develop strategies that address complex health issues in a meaningful career.
Before enrollment, students must attend an in-person orientation on the Boston campus or complete an online orientation with both asynchronous and synchronous components.
- Survey of Public Health
- Intro to Environmental Health
- Intro to Health Policy and Management
- Intro to Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Methods in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
- Qualitative Research in Public Health
- Community Health Science and Practice
- Health Promotion and Education
- Program Design & Evaluation of Public Health Interventions
- Community Health Assessments
- Public Health Practice Experience
- Preparatory Seminar, Culminating Experience
- Culminating Experience
Elective courses (select 2)
- Community Organizing
- Maternal and Child Health
- Public Health Emergency Preparedness
- Mass Communication and Health
- Public Health Genetics
- Public Health Law
- Health Policy and Development Analysis
- Health Informatics
- The Law of Healthcare Compliance
- Introduction to SAS Programming (campus-based course, requires instructor approval)
Evidence-Based Approaches to Public Health
- Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice;
- Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context;
- Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming, and software, as appropriate;
- Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy, or practice.
Public Health & Health Care Systems
- Compare the organization, structure, and function of health care, public health, and regulatory systems across national and international settings;
- Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities, and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community, and societal levels.
Planning & Management to Promote Health
- Assess population needs, assets, and capacities that affect communities' health;
- Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design, implementation, or critique of public health policies or programs;
- Design a population-based policy, program, project, or intervention;
- Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management;
- Select methods to evaluate public health programs.
Policy in Public Health
- Discuss the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence;
- Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes;
- Advocate for political, social, or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations;
- Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity.
- Apply leadership and/or management principles to address a relevant issue;
- Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges.
- Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors;
- Communicate audience-appropriate (i.e., non-academic, non-peer audience) public health content, both in writing and through the oral presentation;
- Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content.
- Integrate perspectives from other sectors and/or professions to promote and advance population health.
- Apply a systems thinking tool to visually represent a public health issue in a format other than the standard narrative.
Community Health Competencies
- Apply theories, concepts, models, and frameworks of health education, health promotion, and health literacy to address a public health problem, considering the cultural values, beliefs, and traditions of a community;
- Demonstrate risk assessment and risk communication approaches in managing occupational and environmental exposures;
- Assess human and ecological effects of environmental agents and climate change, based on: (1) factors in the physical environment, (2) factors in the social environment, and (3) issues of environmental justice and equity;
- Use the principles of community-based participatory research to develop a strategy to learn about community-identified issues, build equitable partnerships, and formalize a process to apply research to both practice and policy;
- Prepare a funding proposal that demonstrates knowledge of funding sources, measurable goals and objectives, and budgets.
English Language Requirements
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