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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 [Archived Catalog]

Public Health - MPH

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Degree Title: Master of Public Health

Program Name and Number: Public Health - MP8145

Department/Units: Department of Social and Public Health

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus, Hybrid

Program Mission: The mission of the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health (CEOMPH) program is to prepare current and future professionals through accredited education, research, and service to improve the health of communities in eastern Ohio and beyond. The mission is accomplished through collaboration among its partner universities and agencies.

Program Learning Objectives:

  • Use basic techniques and statistical software to access, evaluate, and interpret health data.
  • Apply analytic reasoning and methods.
  • Interpret scientific and statistical results, including the strengths and limitations of scientific articles.
  • Explain characteristics, strengths, and limitations of epidemiological study design types.
  • Apply behavioral health theories/models in developing community health promotion and intervention programs, and applications for research funding.
  • Apply principles of strategic planning to public health, including continuous quality improvement, leadership, teamwork, systems thinking, and social marketing.
  • Assess associations found between environmental hazards and health outcomes to influence environmental policies designed to protect populations.
  • Apply principles of program planning, development, implementation, management, and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
  • Use collaborative strategies in the design of policies, interventions, and programs.
  • Community public health information to lay and professional audiences, using appropriate channels and technologies and with linguistic and cultural proficiency.
  • Demonstrate ability to use credible evidence and rationale to guide well-reasoned decisions, proposals, and attitudes.
  • Use individual, team, and organizational learning opportunities for personal and professional development.
  • Prepare proposals for funding from external sources.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and execute a research protocol.
  • Consider the role of cultural and social factors in the planning and delivery of public health services and interventions.
  • Demonstrate the critical evaluation of ethical values, theories, and principles that guide public health inquiry and decision-making.
  • Analyze the public health information infrastructure used to collect, process, maintain, and disseminate data in order to allow for decision-making at an administrative level.
  • Apply theory and strategy-based communication principles adapted to different contexts.
  • Explain how biological, chemical, and physical agents affect human health.

Program Overview:  Ohio University’s MPH program is a part of the Consortium of Eastern Ohio.  The Consortium consists of five partner universities.  Unique features of the program include the use of distance learning for the six core courses, including interactive video conferencing and web-enhanced teaching.  Elective courses may be taken at any of the partner universities.  Core courses are taught on Saturday to accommodate working students.  They are generally taught by teaching teams – faculty members for one course may come from different campuses, depending on their area of expertise in public health.  Public health professionals help plan or teach portions of courses.  This non-traditional program is geared toward working professionals who would like to broaden their role in improving community health, enhance current job skills, or seek career advancement. 

The six core courses include Public Health Concepts, Biostatistics in Public Health, Epidemiology in Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health, Health Services Administration in Public Health, and Environmental Health Sciences in Public Health. This degree program offers a generalist track; the courses of this are Public Health Practice and Issues (addresses public health biology, diversity, and cultural considerations, either, informatics, and communications), Grant Writing in Public Health Practice, and Public Health Research and Evaluation. In addition, students are required to complete a capstone project. The capstone project teams the student with a faculty preceptor and community preceptor to produce a product pertinent to public health. At the end of the program, all students are expected to present their capstone project, a summary of courses, how public health competencies were fulfilled, and a portfolio.

Concentrations: This MPH program is a generalist degree track. 

Opportunities for Graduates: Graduates with an MPH work in a variety of public health settings, including: local and state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospitals, and non-profit health organizations.

Link to Program: http://mph.neomed.edu/

Graduation Requirements: 42 semester hours, including the completion of a capstone project.  The required courses are:

  • HLTH 6710: Public Health Concepts (3 credits)
  • HTLH 6740: Biostatistics in Public Health (3 credits)
  • HLTH 6720: Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (3 credits)
  • HLTH 6730: Epidemiology in Public Health (3 credits)
  • HLTH 6750: Health Services Administration in Public Health (3 credits)
  • HLTH 6760: Environmental Health Sciences in Public Health (3 credits)
  • HLTH 6770: Grant Writing in Public Health Practice (3 credits)
  • HLTH 6780: Public Health Practice and Issues (3 Credits)
  • HLTH 6790: Public Health Research and Evaluation (3 Credits)
  • HLTH 6910: Capstone Projects I (3 credits)
  • HLTH 6911: Capstone Projects II (3 credits)
  • Free Electives: 9 hours

Admission Requirements:

The selection and review process for admission into the CEOMPH program requires:

  • Completed online application form.
  • $45 application fee to NEOMED-CEOMPH (pay online by credit card or electronic check only). Students with international credentials must pay a total of $90.
  • Official academic record from each institution of higher learning attended. Have them sent directly to the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health office. If the official record is not in English, an official translation must accompany the original language document.
  • A cover letter (no more than two pages) explaining your educational history; professional history; area of interest in public health; interest and motivation for seeking a MPH degree; experience in public health or other activities related to public health; and professional or academic career plans upon completion of the program. If appropriate, also indicate whether or not you are applying to or are currently enrolled in another degree program (indicate which university).
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic or professional background, preferably someone from a previous or current academic program or current place of employment. An individual who has been involved in an academic institution for two years or more may submit letters of recommendation by supervisors from his/her place of employment. The letters should include an assessment of your current work quality and ability to successfully complete graduate training. Please address letters to the CEOMPH Admissions Committee.
  • GRE scores taken within the last five years (you may be exempt if you have a professional or academic master’s or doctoral degree).
  • TOEFL scores taken within the last two years from graduates of institutions outside of the United States who are non-native English speakers. The minimum score must be 550 (paper-based) or 80 (read/speak/listen=17, write=14, internet-based).
  • Financial information worksheet from applicants who are non-immigrants of the U.S.

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