2013-14 Catalogs

MPH in Public Health

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Healthy weight, chronic disease, health system performance and costs, access to health care, environmental threats, health disparities – these are some of the pressing public health problems facing Maine and the nation. Through our nationally-recognized academic and research programs, the Muskie School of Public Service is dedicated to improving health and health systems.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree prepares students with the practical knowledge and skills to address today’s complex population health and health services needs. Multi-disciplinary in nature, the MPH program delivers a broad population health and health systems perspective, with a nationally accredited specialization in Health Management. The program offers hands-on field experience opportunities in a wide variety of public health and healthcare organizations in Maine and beyond including state and local health departments, primary care and multi-specialty physician practices, hospitals, and health and health-related organizations. Graduates work in the public and private sectors to apply evidence-based practices and state-of-the-art knowledge and skills to improve population health.

The MPH program offers many opportunities for experiential learning.  Through paid graduate and research assistantships with nationally recognized faculty and staff, many students engage in projects addressing public health, health service, and health policy problems critical to improving public health and health systems.  Faculty and alumni offer strong connections with the practice community, creating opportunities for field placements, capstone projects, and career networking.


For More Information

For more information about the Public Health program, please e-mail Elise Bolda, program chair at eliseb@usm.maine.edu or (207) 780-4847.

 

The Master of Public Health offers a competency-based curriculum that provides a foundation of knowledge and the opportunity to develop core skills for effective performance in public health, including management and leadership positions. Coursework is characterized by both individual and team assignments designed to build competencies and to integrate learning across the curriculum. Competencies in oral and written communication are developed throughout the curriculum, along with competencies in informed decision making (e.g. epidemiology, biostatistics), and leadership and management. Students may choose to pursue a specialization in Health Management, which establishes the specific courses students are required to successfully complete.

The program offers full- and part-time options and a schedule conducive to career professionals with classes in the late afternoon and evening. Some courses may be streamed via the web, available via the University of Maine System’s videoconference network, or via distance through other technology.
 
Core Courses (required for all Public Health students) – 24 credits:

  • MPH 525 American Health System (3 credits)
  • MPH 535 Introduction to Epidemiologic Research (3 credits)
  • MPH 545 Applied Biostatistical Analysis (3 credits)
  • MPH 555 Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • MPH 565 Social and Behavioral Health (3 credits)
  • MPH 575 Health Systems Organization and Management (3 credits)
  • MPH 698 Field Experience (3 credits)
  • MPH 699Capstone (3 credits)

 
Courses required for optional Health Management specialization – 20 credits:

  • MPH 630 Health Planning and Marketing (3 credits)
  • MPH 635 Health Law and Ethics (3 credits)
  • MPH 640 Health Finance I (3 credits)
  • MPH 645 Health Finance II (2 credits)
  • MPH 665 Health Economics (3 credits)
  • MPH 670 Quality Improvement (3 credits)
  • MPH 675 Health Information Management (3 credits)

 
MPH Elective Courses
Students pursuing the Health Management specialization are required to select three credits from either of the elective lists below.  Students not pursuing the Health Management specialization are required to select 21 credits from the ‘Health Management’ list above or either of the elective lists below, of which a minimum of 15 credit hours must carry the MPH prefix:

  • MPH 539 Topics in Public Health I (3 credits)
  • MPH 625 Leadership & Professional Development (3 credits)
  • MPH 639 Topics in Public Health II (3 credits)
  • MPH 650 Public Health Research and Evaluation (3 credits)
  • MPH 655 Public Health Practice (3 credits)
  • MPH 660 Health Policy (3 credits)
  • MPH 680 Professional Opportunities and Development (1 credit)
  • MPH 681 Seminar in Public Health – Behavioral Health (3 credits)
  • MPH 682 Seminar in Public Health – Long-Term Care (3 credits)
  • MPH 685 Using Public Health Data (3 credits)
  • MPH 690 Public Health Policy for Children and Families (3 credits)

 
Pre-approved elective courses from other programs:

  • AMS 578 Epidemiology of Infectious Disease (3 credits)
  • AMS 579 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (3 credits)
  • AMS 590 Principles of Toxicology (3 credits)
  • AMS 635 Applications of Epidemiology in Public Health Agencies (3 credits)
  • AMS 673 Epidemiology and Prevention of Cancer (3 credits)
  • AMS 677 Regression Models in the Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • CPD 502 Sustainable Communities (3 credits)
  • CPD 672 Food Planning and Policy (3 credits)
  • CPD 674 Social Justice and Planning (3 credits)
  • PPM 521 Social Justice Theory and Policy Analysis (3 credits)
  • PPM 545 Grant Writing and Development in the Nonprofit Organization (3 credits)
  • PPM 606 Survey Methods and Design (3 credits)
  • PPM 620 Introduction to Policy Analysis (3 credits)
  • PPM 622 Applied Policy Analysis (3 credits)

Please see the USM Graduate Admissions website for information regarding program admissions.

Full-time MPH Students (Health Management Specialization)
Year 1, Fall Semester - 12 credits:

  • MPH 525 American Health System (3 credits)
  • MPH 545 Applied Biostatistical Analysis (3 credits)
  • MPH 565 Social and Behavioral Health (3 credits)
  • MPH 675 Health Information Management (3 credits)

Year 1, Spring Semester - 12 credits:

  • MPH 630 Health Planning and Marketing (3 credits)
  • MPH 635 Health Law and Ethics (3 credits)
  • MPH 640 Health Finance I (3 credits)
  • MPH 665 Health Economics (3 credits)

Year 1, Summer - 3 credits:

  • MPH 698 Field Experience (3 credits)

Year 2, Fall Semester - 11 credits:

  • MPH 535 Introduction to Epidemiologic Research (3 credits)
  • MPH 575 Health Systems Organization and Management (3 credits)
  • MPH 645 Health Finance II (2 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Year 2, Spring Semester - 9 credits:

  • MPH 555 Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • MPH 670 Quality Improvement (3 credits)
  • MPH 699 Capstone (3 credits)

Full-time MPH Students
Year 1, Fall Semester - 9 credits:

  • MPH 525 American Health System (3 credits)
  • MPH 545 Applied Biostatistical Analysis (3 credits)
  • MPH 565 Social and Behavioral Health (3 credits)

Year 1, Spring Semester - 12 credits:

  • MPH 555 Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • Elective 1 (3 credits)
  • Elective 2 (3 credits)
  • Elective 3 (3 credits)

Year 1, Summer - 3 credits:

  • MPH 698 Field Experience (3 credits)

Year 2, Fall Semester - 12 credits:

  • MPH 535 Introduction to Epidemiologic Research (3 credits)
  • MPH 575 Health Systems Organization and Management (3 credits)
  • Elective 4 (3 credits)
  • Elective 5 (3 credits)

Year 2, Spring Semester - 9 credits:

  • Elective 6 (3 credits)
  • Elective 7 (3 credits)
  • MPH 699 Capstone (3 credits)

Part-time MPH Students (Management Specialization)
Year 1, Fall Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 525 American Health System (3 credits)
  • MPH 545 Applied Biostatistical Analysis (3 credits)

Year 1, Spring Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 630 Health Planning and Marketing (3 credits)
  • MPH 640 Health Finance I (3 credits)

Year 2, Fall Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 565 Social and Behavioral Health (3 credits)
  • MPH 535 Introduction to Epidemiologic Research (3 credits)

Year 2, Spring Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 635 Health Law and Ethics (3 credits)
  • MPH 670 Quality Improvement (3 credits)

Year 3, Fall Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 575 Health Systems Organization and Management (3 credits)
  • MPH 675 Health Information Management (3 credits)

Year 3, Spring Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 665 Health Economics (3 credits)
  • MPH 555 Environmental Health (3 credits)

Year 3, Summer Semester - 3 credits:

  • MPH 698 Field Experience (3 credits)

Year 4, Fall Semester - 5 credits:

  • MPH 645 Health Finance II (2 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Year 4, Spring Semester - 3 credits:

  • MPH 699 Capstone (3 credits)

Part-time MPH Students
Year 1, Fall Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 525 American Health System (3 credits)
  • MPH 545 Applied Biostatistical Analysis (3 credits)

Year 1, Spring Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 555 Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • MPH Elective 1 (3 credits)

Year 2, Fall Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 565 Social and Behavioral Health (3 credits)
  • MPH 535 Introduction to Epidemiologic Research (3 credits)

Year 2, Spring Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH Elective 2 (3 credits)
  • MPH Elective 3 (3 credits)

Year 3, Fall Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 575 Health Systems Organization and Management (3 credits)
  • MPH Elective 4 (3 credits)

Year 3, Spring Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 698 Field Experience (3 credits)
  • MPH Elective 5 (3 credits)

Year 4, Fall Semester - 6 credits:

  • Elective 6 (3 credits)
  • Elective 7 (3 credits)

Year 4, Spring Semester - 3 credits:

  • MPH 699 Capstone (3 credits)