Master of Public Health: The Curriculum

Course Information for MPH


The MPH Program at UWF is a 42-credit hour generalist online program, comprised of a set of core, required, and elective courses. At UWF, our highest priorities are our students and the academic programs that serve them. The online MPH program we have developed has been approved by regional partners serving on our MPH Steering Committee, built with program competencies based on guidelines set forth by the Association of Schools of Public Health, and is taught by a dedicated team of faculty and practitioners. The program employs the highest quality instructional methodologies, innovative delivery methods, and interactive approaches to engage students. Several MPH courses have undergone Quality Matters review and have met the standards. Other courses will be reviewed. The Quality Assurance Plan within the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at UWF calls for regularly planned and evaluated quality enhancement initiatives, with results reported annually to administrative offices and our regional accreditation agency. This platform has been created to set the stage for an MPH program that will serve future students at the national and global levels.

Starting Fall 2011, all students admitted into the MPH Program are required to complete a minimum of 12 semester hours per year.


Master of Public Health Core Courses

All students seeking a Master of Public Health degree must take all of the following courses:  (21 credits)
PHC 5050 Biostatistics (offered Fall and Spring) 3
PHC 6000 Epidemiology for Public Health Professionals (offered Fall and Spring) 3
PHC 6150 Public Health Policy (offered Spring and Summer) 3
PHC 5410 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (offered Fall and Spring) 3
PHC 6300 Environmental Health (offered Fall and Spring) 3
PHC 6946 Internship in Public Health (offered all semesters) 6

Master of Public Health Required Courses

All students seeking a Master of Public Health degree must take the following courses: (15 credits) 
PHC 5123 Scientific Basis of Public Health (offered Spring and Summer) 3
PHC 6015 Epidemiological Study Design and Statistical Methods (offered Fall and Spring) 3
PHC 6196 Computer Applications in Public Health (offered Summer and Fall) 3
Choose one of the following:  
HSC 5205 Public Health Preparedness (offered Fall only) or 3
PHC 5102 Introduction to Public Health (offered Fall and Spring) 3
Choose one of the following:  
PHC 6194  GIS Applications in Public Health (offered Fall only) or 3
PHC 6251 Disease Surveillance and Monitoring (offered Fall only) 3

Elective Courses

A Master of Public Health degree would include study in a selection of advisor approved elective courses.


(minimum of
6 credits)
PHC 5102  Introduction to Public Health  (if not taken as a required course) 3
PHC 6194 GIS  Applications in Public Health  (if not taken as a required course) 3
PHC 6251 Disease Surveillance and Monitoring  (if not taken as a required course) 3
BSC 5856 Bioterrorism (offered Summer only) 3
Directed Studies in Public Health 3
PHC 6005 Disease Transmission in the Urban Environment (offered Spring only) 3
PHC 6310 Environmental Toxicology (offered Summer only) 3
MCB 5273 Epidemiology of Infectious Disease (offered Fall and Spring) 3
BUL 5605 Legal Fundamentals of Health Care and Public Health (offered Fall and Spring) 3
HSC 6528 Strategies for Prevention of Infectious Diseases (offered Spring only) 3
PHC 6360 Accident Investigation and Mitigation (offered all semesters)
and PHC 6347 Aerospace Toxicology (offered all semesters) (* required electives for military aerospace medicine residents)
6*

Restricted Electives: up to 6 credits total (2 courses) may also be chosen from the course groupings below

 

HSA 5436 Health Economics
or HSA 5438 Business Analysis and Decision Making in Health Care
or HSC 5655 Theoretical Foundations of Health Care Ethics
3
PHC 5355 Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health (offered Fall only)
or PHC 5351 Occupational Safety in the Health Care Environment (offered Spring and Summer)
or PHC 5356 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene (offered Fall and Spring)
3
HSA 5197 Introduction to Medical Informatics
or HSA 5198 Electronic Clinical Record Systems
or HSC 5512 Health Care Quality, Statistics, and Database Management
or BSC 5459 Introduction to Bioinformatics
3

Elective Restrictions

  • In the above table, students may only count 6 credits total (2 courses) from the "Restricted Electives" groupings specified above toward the MPH 42-credit hour graduation requirement.
  • Military aerospace medicine residents are required to take PHC6347 Aerospace Toxicology and PHC6360 Accident Investigation and Mitigation for 6 of the required 18 credits in electives.
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