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Public Health Courses

Curriculum Details

42 total credits required

The University of New Haven’s online Master of Public Health program features a curriculum grounded in experiential education and project-based learning. It is designed to be flexible, adapting to student needs and industry trends. You can choose from three elective-driven focus areas in global health, health education and promotion, and health informatics to specialize your degree or take classes that most interest you.

Our online public health courses combine the core competencies necessary for success in the field with relevant technical and leadership skills for today’s workforce. Because this degree is STEM-designated, you can be confident you’re earning a credential that meets high standards for quality and academic rigor. You will also have the opportunity to gain professional experience through a public health internship or faculty-mentored capstone, which is an applied service-learning experience.

Finish your degree in two years or less and learn from world-class faculty who bring years of experience to the online classroom. This program includes 14 public health courses that are seven weeks in duration. You will study essential topics like biostatistics, health leadership, public health practice, epidemiology, global health, and more.

You’ll choose three courses from the Electives list.

Core Courses

This course introduces the field of public health and its core domains to students interested in managing the health of populations, governmental health administration, and public policy. This course introduces and distinguishes public health thinking from traditional clinical approaches and explores biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral health and health education, health services administration and management, and environmental health.
This course introduces the fundamental definitions, terms, concepts, methods, and critical thinking used in epidemiology. It will provide the graduate student with the skills necessary to study health states in populations and its applications in basic science, general clinical research, and public health. Graduate students will also understand the subject of epidemiology and apply the concepts learned to specific situation encountered during their career. This includes the investigation of an outbreak. The material presented is designed to lay the foundation for future study and practice in population health activities.
This course introduces students to a social ecological and a life course perspective of population health. The course challenges students to address societal and structural forces such as socioeconomic position, racial and ethnic and gender sources of inequality as well as interpersonal processes reflected in norms, networks, and social capital. This course focuses on behavior, communication, decision-making, and health outcomes at the individual, family, and community levels.
This course introduces research methods and the fundamental statistics needed to succeed in today’s public health organizations. The course follows a practical approach that allows the student to learn key statistical principles and learn ways to effectively convey data and results using Excel. This course covers both quantitative and qualitative research methods used in public health.
This course will explore the current state of public health leadership, leadership models and approaches, and the values and decision-making processes of leaders in public health organizations.
This course will explore ethical issues and concepts as they relate to public health practice, research, and policy. Current issues are discussed such as the right to health and health care, vaccine ethics, bioterrorism, health inequalities, poverty, and power. Student evaluation is based on class participation, a small group project, and a final paper based upon a case study addressing ethical issues.
This course examines the laws relating to the public health at the federal, state, and local level as well as the practical administration of those laws.
A comprehensive overview of the basic structures and operations of the U.S. healthcare system. This course includes the historical origins and current social and political contexts in which health care is provided.
This course prepares students for the practice of public health. It covers the core functions of public health, community needs assessment, and program planning and evaluation. Students gain practical experience through a series of exercises involving the design of surveys, interview guides, and logic models. The course also integrates research methods and epidemiology.
This course introduces students to the challenges on health equity around the world, with a focus on developing and low-income countries. Topics discussed will include rates of infectious disease and lack of medical care. In addition, students will discuss the effects of the healthy versus unhealthy environment on health. The course will introduce the challenges faced in providing shelter, sanitation, clean water and healthy food to reduce the global burden of disease. The course will also explain the role of governments, ministries of health, and world health organizations in health equity.
This course provides students with an opportunity to apply the competencies of public health to a real-world, client-based project in the public health field. 3 credits.
PUBH 6695 – Public Health Internship—is a 3-credit course that consists of supervised work experience in a public health organization, as well as reflection and writing about the internship experience as it relates to the core competencies of public health. An internship allows students to seek and experience public health skills in a community health focused environment and demonstrate competency in that environment. It is performance-based and enables students to work and learn in an active setting.

Elective Courses

This course is at the interface of nutritional science and public health. Topics will focus on areas such as quantity, quality, and safety of the food supply; food additives and labeling; regulatory agencies; research approaches to food, nutrition, and disease; and procedures used in nutritional assessment of individuals. Cross-listed with NUTR 6614.
The course will focus on the fundamental principles and practices of public health education and health promotion including history, ethics, cultural competence, professional responsibilities, and an overview of theory and models. Emphasis is placed on designing and planning, implementation, and evaluation of instructional methods to a variety of audiences.
This course introduces students to the challenges on health equity around the world, with a focus on developing and low-income countries. Topics discussed will include rates of infectious disease and lack of medical care. In addition, students will discuss the effects of the healthy versus unhealthy environment on health. The course will introduce the challenges faced in providing shelter, sanitation, clean water and healthy food to reduce the global burden of disease. The course will also explain the role of governments, ministries of health, and world health organizations in health equity.
The course will focus on the how to prepare a community for a public health emergency or disaster. The course will include subjects such as a comprehensive and systematic approach to disaster training, planning and preparedness at the community level, legal issues, epidemiology and surveillance, hazard assessment and planning, information sharing, medical countermeasures, and medical surge.
This course will compare and contrast health care system organization, delivery, and financing across multiple developed and developing nations. Students will gain in-depth knowledge about health care from a global perspective including global disease burden, international health metrics and indicators, and the role of global health organizations like WHO, PAHO, OECD and others.
This course will examine the roles and uses of health information technology in healthcare and the tools and techniques used to identify, analyze and communicate healthcare data.
This course will focus on the application and guiding principles of digital health, including ways in which digital health is harnessed in public health, ethical considerations and security issues, and best practices for the implementation of digital health in settings where public health professionals work. The course will also address approaches to examine the impact new technologies have on social justice, and the implication for social and economic inequalities.
This course applies a systems perspective to understand healthcare delivery and innovation processes today, its stakeholders and problems as well as the key drivers of its success. Students will be introduced to the ‘systems perspective’ that has been used successfully in other industries to address the introduction of new processes, technologies, and strategies to improve overall health outcomes. This course will incorporate a multidisciplinary approach that will integrate medicine, social and behavioral sciences, operations research and management as well as engineering perspectives to stimulate new thinking in the practice, process, and delivery of healthcare.
Students will learn the basics of quantitative data analysis methods and software used in healthcare analytics. Students will have hands-on experiences with real healthcare data sets and software. Students will apply this knowledge and skills to real world cases and learn how to communicate healthcare data and information effectively to multiple audiences.

Survey of GIS technology, research, and applications in natural resource management, environmental assessment, urban planning, business, marketing and real estate, law enforcement, public administration, and emergency preparedness. Includes critical evaluation, case studies, and computer demonstrations.

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