Public Health M.S. - Courses

Term One

MSPH 530 | Health Care Systems and Organizations | 3 credits | 5 weeks

This course introduces the history and evolution of our health care system.  The structure and function of healthcare organizations, internally and with one another, is examined in depth. A systems approach to administration and management is covered within the health care context.  The organization of health services is reviewed with an overview of the interaction among, the integration of, the major health care subsystems: primary; secondary; tertiary; long-term; palliative; special populations/disorders.  Delivering health care in a systematic and integrated framework is stressed throughout the course.

MSPH 510 | Foundations of Public Health | 3 credits | 5 weeks

This course will introduce you to the big-picture population perspective of the determinants of health and disease and the tools available to protect and promote health. It will explore the full range of options for intervention including the use of the healthcare system, the public health system and society-wide systems. The student will discover the origins and development of the modern public health system; the relationship of public health to the overall health system; how the system is organized at the federal, state, and local levels; its core functions and how well these are currently being addressed. Population health is an important way of looking at the world, whether you are going into public health as a profession, a clinically oriented health profession, law, international affairs, or a range of other professions. Students will learn through case-studies, example, and vignettes. This course is about providing the student with frameworks for learning and applying these frameworks to real situations and thought-provoking scenarios.

BUS 500 | Organizational Leadership | 3 credits | 5 weeks

This course examines organizational leadership; the role that visionary leaders play in empowering employees, providing the environment for effective work units; and harnessing diversity (organizational, cognitive, and physio-cultural) for competitive advantage.

MSPH 590 | Behavioral Epidemiology and Health Behavior Theory | 3 credits | 5 weeks

This course will explore how we study health in relation to behaviors. The focus will be on how the principles of human behavior can be applied to public health. Using epidemiology then to assess and study these behaviors and their outcomes can allow researchers to obtain qualifiable data.  Data can then be used to develop a program or initiative. Students will explore complexities of such studies, ways to minimize these complexities, and how to use this knowledge to prevent and control disease in human populations.

Term Two

MSPH 520 | Global Health | 3 credits | 5 weeks

Why are some people in some countries so much healthier than others? This course will explore the factors that explain the unequal distribution of health and disease in the world. The course will begin with an introduction to the language of global health: the burden of disease, epidemiology, cost-effectiveness, and health systems. It will then analyze the rationale for and modes of intervention to improve global health by exploring a number of high-profile topics, including the HIV/AIDS epidemic, access to pharmaceuticals, human resources for health, and maternal and child health.

MSPH 540 | Health Care Financial Management | 3 credits | 5 weeks

This course focuses on cost centers and profit centers and examines cost accounting, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting and variance analysis, and relevant costs for decision-making. The structure and function of the healthcare finance system in the United States is reviewed, and students study the various sources of funding, both private and public, as they flow through third-party payers to the care providers/facilities. The course approaches finance within individual health care organizations from a managerial framework by focusing on decision-making that is driven by management functions. The unique aspects of healthcare and non-profit financing are also major themes of the course.

BUS 565 | Project Management | 4 credits | 6 weeks

Project management has been proven to be the most effective method of delivering products within cost, schedule, and resource constraints. This intensive and hands-on course gives you the skills to ensure your projects are completed on time and on budget while giving the user the product they expect. You will gain a strong working knowledge of the basics of project management and be able to immediately use that knowledge to manage work projects effectively. At the end of the course, you will be able to identify and manage the product scope, build a work breakdown structure, create a project plan, create the project budget, define and allocate resources, manage the project development, identify and manage risks, and understand the project procurement process.

Term Three

MSPH 610 | Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response to Disasters | 3 credits | 5 weeks

This course deals with the specialized issues associated with the emergency response — those issues that are not commonplace or part of the everyday procedure. Topics include emergency medical services in mass casualty, biological chemical and radiological incidents. The course also covers unique topics in emergency medical services, to include the employment of services in complex contingencies, such as those faced when fire, police, terrorist, and other emergencies co-exist with the need to provide medical services on-scene and post-disaster. This course is designed to give students an opportunity to look beyond day-to-day issues of public health and safety and explore unusual response situations. It will cover overall disaster response and the operational problems that confront responders at every disaster scene. The issues that arise when caring for large numbers of victims will be discussed. In this age of terrorist threats, we will discuss the unique aspects of the response to scenes involving weapons of mass destruction, including chemical, biological and radiological events. Perhaps most importantly, students will have the opportunity to learn through the use of actual case studies.

MSPH 570 | Public Health Communication | 3 credits | 5 weeks

Public health communication is the field of scholarship and practice that uses what we know about communication to improve health among individuals and populations. This course is designed to meet the needs of students in health communication as well as those in the clinical and administrative health professions. Public health communication has become central to nearly every challenge facing public health. Students will acquire skills that will serve them well as they deal with these challenges. Students will learn the core concepts of planning a communication framework as well as the strategies for educating the public about health issues including understanding and reporting, communicating for policy and advocacy, and health literacy and numeracy.

MSPH 640 | Statistical Methods in Epidemiologic Research | 4 credits | 6 weeks

Biostatistics is an innovative field that involves the design, analysis, and interpretation of data for studies in public health and medicine. Biostatistics experts arrive at conclusions about disease and health risks by evaluating and applying mathematical and statistical formulas to the factors that impact health. This course provides an introduction to selected important topics in biostatistical concepts and reasoning. This course represents an introduction to the field and provides a survey of data and data types. Specific topics include tools for describing central tendency and variability in data; methods for performing inference on population means and proportions via sample data; statistical hypothesis testing and its application to group comparisons; issues of power and sample size in study designs; and random sample and other study types. While there are some formulae and computational elements to the course, the emphasis is on interpretation and concepts.

Term Four

MHA 600 | Health Policy, Ethics, and Law | 4 credits | 6 weeks

This course presents a review of the formation of governmental policy at all levels and how it impacts and regulates health care delivery in the United States. Administrative compliance with health care regulation is a key focal point of the course.  Laws governing the relationship between patients and health care providers/organizations are reviewed. Health care law is examined through the study of case law that directly impacts the administration of health care services and facilities.

MHA 690 | Strategic Planning for Health Care | 4 credits | 6 weeks

This is the capstone research course in the public health program.  All other required courses must be completed before registering for this course.  This course reviews strategic thinking and planning from a systems perspective. Students will integrate the knowledge and information from their previous coursework and employ strategic planning tools, techniques, and data for the development of an integrative research experience.  The course culminates in the development of a comprehensive business plan in the healthcare industry sector selected by the students. Students may work independently or petition the instructor to produce a team-developed business plan.

MHA 695 | Health Organization Transformation | 4 credits | 6 weeks

This course prepares health care professionals to lead change and drive the transformation of healthcare organizations in the 21st century. The elements studied are an achievement orientation, managing ethically, values-based leadership, community service, innovation, relationship building, accountability, and process and project management.

Total credits: 44

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