MPH Core Courses

MPH Core Courses

Required Courses

Students must take both of the following courses:

Applied Research Methods (PHP 2040)

Emphasizes the theory of sampling and survey methods and their application to public health research. Topics include: survey design and planning; principles of sampling and survey terminology; questionnaire construction; protection of human subjects; data collection (including interviewing and data coding procedures); and application, presentation, and evaluation of results.


Public Health/Community Service Internship (PHP 2070)

The course is an introduction to the history, organization, resources, concepts and issues of public health and health care. Students will be matched according to their interests in a related practical experience in a health-related organization, with the expectation that they complete a project or produce a product of public health utility. 


Biostatistics and Applied Data Analysis               

Students must take one of the following two sequences: 

Sequence 1

Biostatistics and Data Analysis I (PHP 2507)

This course, the first in a year long, two-course sequence, is for students to develop the knowledge, skills and perspectives necessary to analyze data in order to answer a public health questions. The year long sequence will focus on statistical principles as well as the applied skills necessary to answer public health questions using data, including: data acquisition, data analysis, data interpretation and the presentation of results.


Biostatistics and Data Analysis II (PHP 2508)

The second course in the year long sequence. 


Sequence 2

Principles of Biostatistics and Data Analysis (PHP 2510)

Intensive first course in biostatistical methodology, focusing on problems arising in public health, life sciences, and biomedical disciplines. Summarizing and representing data; basic probability; fundamentals of inference; hypothesis testing; likelihood methods. Inference for means and proportions; linear regression and analysis of variance; basics of experimental design; nonparametrics; logistic regression.

Applied Regression Analysis (PHP 2511)

Applied multivariate statistics, presenting a unified treatment of modern regression models for discrete and continuous data. Topics include multiple linear and nonlinear regression for continuous response data, analysis of variance and covariance, logistic regression, Poisson regression, and Cox regression.


One of the following three courses:

Analysis of Population Based Datasets (PHP 2430)

Epidemiologic, health services, and social research often conducts “secondary analysis” of existing population-based datasets. Benefits include their representative sampling frames allowing generalizability to larger populations, timeliness, and lower cost. In addition, computer technology makes it possible to link some databases providing richer sources of information.

Medicare: A Data Based Policy Examination (PHP 2410E)  
This course will explore the role of Medicare as America’s health insurer for the elderly and disabled through the use of real Medicare insurance claims data, examining how Medicare policy changes in financing and regulation have affected the delivery and receipt of medical services.

Applied Epidemiologic Analysis (PHP2260)

Epidemiologic and health services research requires the use of statistical software to describe and analyze data. This computer lab-based course will introduce students to applied epidemiologic analysis using the SAS® system. In addition, students will be directed through the process of writing a journal style article in which their SAS analyses will be incorporated. 



Students must take one of the following two courses: 

Introduction to Methods in Epidemiologic Research (PHP 2120)

Epidemiology quantifies patterns and determinants of human population health, with a goal of reducing the burden of disease, injury, and disability. An intensive first course in epidemiologic methods, students learn core principles of study design and data analysis through critiques of published epidemiologic  studies as well as hands on practice through weekly exercises and assignments.


Foundations in Epidemiologic Research Methods (PHP 2150)

The overall objective of this course is to provide students with a strong foundation in epidemiologic research methods.  This is the first of a two- or four-course sequence in epidemiologic methods aimed at students who expect to go on to conduct their own epidemiologic research. There will be a strong quantitative focus in this course. By the end of the foundations course, students should be sufficiently familiar with epidemiologic research methods to begin to apply these methods to their own work. 


Environmental Health Courses

Students must take one of the following two courses: 

Current Topics in Environmental Health (PHP 1700)

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of environmental health, and demonstrate how environmental health is integrated into various aspects of our lives, both directly and indirectly. Topics to be covered include: toxic metals, vector-borne disease, food safety, water quality, radiation, pesticides, air quality, hazardous waste, risk assessment, and the role of the community in environmental health.


Topics in Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (PHP 2220E)

Introduces students to the subject matter of environmental and occupational epidemiology, focusing on the major environmental threats to health and provides the methodologic tools to evaluate and extend the evidence linking those exposures to disease through studies of populations. 


Social and Behavioral Health Courses

Students must take one of the following two courses: 

Principles of Health Behavior and Health Promotion Interventions (PHP 1740)

Examines health behavior decision-making and elements for design of health promotion interventions. Covers theories of health behavior (focusing on primary and secondary prevention), principles of intervention design, and reading of research literature. Emphasizes psychological, social, and proximate environmental influences on individuals’ health-related behaviors.


Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions (PHP 2360)

Aims to develop skills in designing, implementing and evaluating public health interventions. Levels of intervention include the individual; families or small groups; organizations such as schools, worksites, health care settings; communities; social marketing and health communications; policy and environmental changes. 


Health Services Administration Courses

Students must take one of the following two courses: 

Comparative Health Care Systems (PHP 1100)

Focuses on principles of national health system organization and cross-national comparative analysis. Emphasizes application of comparative models to the analysis of health and health-related systems among nations at varying levels of economic development and health care reform.


The U.S. Health Care System: Case Studies in Financing, Delivery, Regulation and Public Health (PHP 2400)

Reviews the development of the health care delivery, financing and regulatory control systems in the U.S. and reviews the literature on the relationship between health system structure and the services used and health outcomes that populations experience. A case-study approach is used to understand the inter-relationship between financing, delivery and regulatory components of the health system and their implication for public health by drawing on epidemiological, economic, political and sociological principals