MPH Course Descriptions

MPH Course Descriptions

Master of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Health Disparities

MPH Course Descriptions  
MPH 502 Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health
The health of urban populations is examined as a system impacted by global/national trends, individual and societal factors, including private and public infrastructures, policies and markets.  It offers an analysis and evaluation of various topics and issues on health disparities of underserved racial, ethnic or minority vulnerable populations as well as an analysis of research that describes, explains and examines variables influencing health disparities and intervention strategies to reduce these disparities. 

MPH 511 Principles of Epidemiology
This course focuses on the study of the distribution and determinants of urban health issues through the use of vital statistics data. The course provides students with the necessary skills to investigate the epidemiology of diseases as well as to critique population-based studies in urban public health.

MPH 512 Principles of Biostatics
This course introduces students to the statistical methods commonly used in public health research, including the appropriate uses and common misuses of health statistics. The course provides the students with the necessary skills to analyze interpret and critique urban public health research studies.

MPH 513 Program Planning and Evaluation
Program Planning and Evaluation builds on previously-learned skills of epidemiology, biostatistics, and social and behavioral theories in public health.  The course provides students with the necessary skills to plan, design, implement and evaluate public health programs for improving health in urban settings.

MPH 520 Public Health Biology
This course addresses the basic biologic principles in the definition, monitoring and promoting health or preventing disease. It introduces population biology and the ecological principles underlying public health. The course focuses on specific diseases of viral, bacterial, and environmental origin. It uses specific examples of each type to develop the general principles that govern interactions among susceptible organisms and etiologic agents.

MPH 521 Environmental Determinants of Health
Urban environmental factors, including social, physical and chemical factors are examined as determinants of health, with a particular emphasis on urban communities and strategies for reducing or eliminating ambient, workplace, and residential environmental threats.

MPH 522 Social and Behavioral Theories in Public Health
This course provides students with a review of the concepts and foundations of the social and behavioral theories influencing health related behaviors, and their application in public health programs. The course focuses on the psychosocial determinants of health-related behavior in multiethnic urban communities. Students will have the opportunity to apply critique and recommend theoretically-based public health programs targeting various ethnic groups.

MPH 523 Health Policy and Management
This course examines the political, structural, economic, ethical, and legal framework in which U.S. public health organizations develop, administer, and evaluate PH programs, and the U.S. policy making processes that affect the health of populations

MPH 524 Community Organization in Urban Settings
Community organization and capacity building are presented as integral elements within urban settings, particularly among underserved populations, for bringing about positive changes to solving local health problems.  The course is offered in both a didactic form and a community experience. Topics include community empowerment, coalition building, community-based participatory research, and transcultural communication. 

MPH 526 Health Education and Communication
The course provides an overview of the development, design, and delivery process for public health education and communications materials through current software platforms used in today's healthcare industry. It is designed to familiarize students with the process of developing public health information, data collecting and displaying techniques, and the application of both traditional and advanced communication technology into understandable information.

MPH 527 Race, Culture and Public Health
Working towards “cultural competence,” this course discusses the historical and contemporary ways that race and culture have been measured and understood in public health research and practice. The course examines racial formation, medicalization, biological and cultural determinism, and ways that differences between racial/ethnic groups are central to managing health disparities.

MPH 530 Public Health Seminar
This course is designed to expose MPH graduate students to the breadth of public health via invited CDU faculty and guest lecturers. Guest lecturers discuss current research in salient public health issues through the lens of health disparities.

MPH 581 Research Methods
Fundamentals of research study design, methods and data collection are examined. The course introduces quantitative, qualitative and mixed method approaches to research, as well as ethical issues in conducting research.

MPH 590 Urban Public Health Practicum
The practicum transitions student from an academic to a practice mindset. It requires the completion of 300 hours in a variety of public/private health settings. The student, in collaboration with the work-site preceptor, identifies the public health competencies and objectives which will be addressed during the practicum experience. Students must have completed at least two semesters after matriculation before they can start their practicum experience.

MPH 595 Culminating Experience (CE)
The CE course is offered in the last semester before graduation. Students choose from the following three CE options that stem from research and practice involving a salient urban public health issue:

  • 595 (a) Capstone Project: provides an opportunity to integrate technical and professional knowledge and management/leadership tools into a comprehensive and written report on prioritized urban public health issues from local and national perspectives.  Working as an interdisciplinary team, students prioritize; recommend public health programs/interventions, and evaluation methods to an external decision-making body.
  • 595 (b) Thesis: Students apply methods of research and secondary data analysis to the study of an urban public health issue culminating in a potentially publishable monograph with an urban public health impact.
  • 595 (c) Grant Proposal: Working independently or as a team, students submit a grant proposal addressing a salient urban public health issue including a needs assessment, goals and objectives of the proposed study, the methodology, implementation, evaluation, budget and timeline of the proposed program.