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Core Competencies Covered on the Comprehensive Exam

All students are required to take and pass a proctored, closed-book, type-written Comprehensive Exam with a grade of 70% or better. Policies and procedures for taking the Comprehensive Exam are set forth in the Master of Public Health Comprehensive Exam Guide. The exam is designed to assess the student's level of mastery of the five core competency areas acquired in the MPH core courses (see areas in table below). Students will be given hypothetical situations that relate to their coursework in the MPH program and will be required to draw conclusions and make recommendations based on their knowledge of the core principles of public health. Students are encouraged to keep their course notes from the core courses and use these as study guides alongside the reading materials indicated below for each core course.

 

MPH Core Competency Areas and Related Core Courses
Core Competency AreaAssociated MPH Core and Required Course(s)
Biostatistics PHC 5050 Biostatistics

In addition to the application of biostatistics, as emphasized in one of the following:
PHC 6196 Computer Applications in Public Health
PHC 6015 Epidemiological Study Design and Statistical Methods
Environmental Health PHC 5102 Intro to Public Health
PHC 6300 Environmental Health
Epidemiology PHC 6000 Epidemiology for Public Health Professionals

In addition to the application of epidemiology, as emphasized in one of the following:
PHC 6196 Computer Applications in Public Health
PHC 6015 Epidemiological Study Design and Statistical Methods
PHC 6251 Disease Surveillance
Health Care Policy and Administration PHC 6150 Public Health Policy
Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health PHC 5410 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health

Required Textbooks and Other Electronic Resources in MPH Core Courses

  • PHC 699X Public Health Policy
  • PHC 5410 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
    • Edberg, M. (2007). Essentials of Health Behavior: Social and Behavioral Health Theory in Public Health. Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  • PHC 6000 Epidemiology for Public Health Professionals
    • Friss, H.R., & Seller T.A., (2004). Epidemiology for Public Health Practice.3rd Edition, Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
    • Benenson, A.S. (1990). Control of Communicable Disease in Man. American Public Health Association.
    • Lilienfeld, A.M., & Lilienfeld, D.E. (1980). Foundation of Epidemiology. 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press.
    • Last, J.M. (Editor). (1995). A Dictionary of Epidemiology. 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press.
  • PHC 6015 Epidemiological Study Design and Statistical Methods
    • Gordis, L. (2004). Epidemiology. 3rd Edition, Elsevier Saunders.
    • Friss, H.R., & Seller T.A., (2004). Epidemiology for Public Health Practice.3rd Edition, Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
    • LoBiondo-Wood, G., & Haber, J. (2000). Nursing Research: Methods, Critical Appraisal and Utilization. Mosby.
    • Daly, J., Kellehear, A., & Gliksman, M. (1997). The Public Health Researcher: A Methodological Guide. Oxford University Press.
  • PHC 6300 Environmental Health
    • Morgan, M.T. (2003). Environmental Health 3rd Edition, Thomas-Wadsworth.
    • Friis, R.H. (2012). Essentials of Environmental Health 2nd Edition, Jones and Barlett Publishers.
  • PHC 6196 Computer Applications in Public Health
    • Norušis, M.J. (2006). SPSS 15.0 Guide to Data Analysis. Prentice Hall.
    • Kurland, K.S., & Gorr, W.L. (2001). GIS Tutorial in Health. ESRI Press.
  • PHC 5050 Biostatistics
    • Zar, J.H. (1999). Biostatistical Analysis. 4th Edition, Prentice Hall.
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