Masters Degrees in Public Health

Curriculum for Master of Public Health College of Veterinary Medicine

(1) Masters of Science in Public Health & Masters of Public Health

Target Subject Credit
Core Biomedical Statistics, Principles of Epidemiology 6
Core Environmental Health Sciences 3
Core Psychosocial Determinants of Health, Introduction to Health Administration, Policy and Law, Health 9
Core Disparities/Inequities
Core Bioethics 3
Year One
Fall Semester 12 credit hours Credit Spring Semester 12 credit hours Credit
MBIO 660 Biomedical Statistics 3 MSPH 626 Public Health 3
MSPH 610 Psychosocial Determinants of Health MSPH 614 Principles of Epidemiology 3 MBIO 661 Advanced Epidemiology 3
MSPH 615 Health Disparities/Inequities 3 IBS 601 Bioethics 3
MSPH 600 Environmental Health Sciences 3
Summer Session
Elective 3-6 Credit Hours
Year Two
Fall Semester (11 credit hours) Credit Spring Semester (11 credit hours) Credit
MSPH 620 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases 3 MBIO 700 Research and Thesis or Practicum 6
MSPH 605 Introduction to Health Administration, Policy and Law 3 MSPH 700 Proposal Writing and Grant Management 2
MSPH 625 Multivariate Methods 3 MBIO 601 Seminar** 2
MBIO 600 Seminar** 2 Electives* 3

MSPH 0600. GRADUATE RESEARCH SEMINAR I. 1st Semester and Summer. Lect. 2, Lab 0, 2 credit. This course includes practical examples of proper conduct of research, issues with copy right violation, plagiarism, interpretation of published work among other academic requirements including discussions on basic research methods, and a review of current research topics. Oral presentations are and/or reports are required

MSPH 0601. GRADUATE RESEARCH SEMINAR II. 2nd Semester and Summer. Lect. 2, Lab 0, 2 credit. This course is a continuation of MBIO 600, and includes a review of current research topics. Oral presentations are required.

MSPH 0614. PRICIPLES OF EPIDEMIOLOGY. 1st Semester, Lect. 3, 3 credits. In this course, basic epidemiologic principles and methods as the pillars of public health will be emphasized. Test systems will be used in the prevention and control of diseases in populations. The full range of disease occurrence, including genetic and environmental causes for both infectious and non-infectious diseases will be covered. Students will be introduced to the theory, methods and body of knowledge of epidemiology and its basic principles and applications.

MSPH 0626 PUBLIC HEALTH. 2nd Semester, Lect. 2, Lab 0, 3 credits. This course provides students with basic and current insights into food safety, foodborne illnesses, and zoonotic diseases, and basic operation of municipal drinking and waste water treatment plants. Students will also be exposed to the emerging exotic diseases of animals and the Veterinary Information Network with in-class discussions, gaining exposure also to real-life public health issues via interaction with state and federal public health professionals, while learning to address public health-related community issues through classroom discussion.

MBIO 0660. BIOMEDICAL STATISTICS. 1st Semester. Lect. 3, Lab 0, 3 credits. The conceptual and theoretical basis of biomedical research design is examined. Appropriate statistical methods which correspond to and are consistent with the biomedical research design will be studied. These include both parametric and nonparametric methods. Descriptive statistics, probability distributions, comparative statistics (t test, ANOVA) and causal analysis (chi square, regression and other multivariate techniques) will be covered with emphasis on inferential aspects of statistics and on the interpretation of results which would be rational and meaningful in biomedicine. Students will be exposed to the use of manual computational methods followed by the use of computerized statistical package for data analysis.

MBIO 0661. ADVANCED EPIDEMIOLOGY. 2nd Semester (alternate years). Lect. 3, Lab 0, 3 credits. This course will build upon the introductory course in Epidemiology (MBIO 0614). It will emphasize the analysis (both qualitative and quantitative) of the dynamics of health/ill health processes and interactions in populations, systematically. Retrospective and prospective studies, the use of epidemiologic models (both static and dynamic) and systems analysis techniques and other problem solving tools in analytical epidemiology will be presented and applied to selected cases. Independent study and developing a research paper on a selected epidemiologic topic will be encouraged.

IBS 0601: SPHERES of ETHICS and PUBLIC HEALTH. 1st Semester. Lect. 0, 3unit. This course will provide a philosophically grounded introduction to ethics. This introductory course discusses ethics evolution from theology and philosophy to ethics and includes, but not limited to: morality, virtual ethics, bioethics, and public health ethics. Ethical approaches to social justice will provide a unifying framework for examining public health, racial and ethnic health issues, health and health care disparities. The course introduces the students to programmatic and research strategies for shaping individual, group, community, public health and public policy.

MSPH-0600. ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES, 2nd Semester. Lect. 3, 3 credits. This core course focuses on the basic human needs of clean air, water, and a safe food supply, Techniques on preventive health practices relative to the control of air quality, water, and consumer products, with an emphasis on environmental factors, basic public health concepts on disease causation and prevention, toxicology, especially carcinogenesis, and in infectious diseases and their implications on population growth will be introduced. Permission of Instructor.

MSPH-0605. INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, POLICY AND LAW, 1st Semester. Lect. 3, 3 credits. This core course focuses on administrative, policy and management issues that affect health practitioners and practices, focusing on access, cost and quality, using a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare structure, process and outcomes. Emphasis will be placed on health care system organizations, health care financing, national health insurance, long-term care, the role of government at the local, state and national levels in the US health care systems, and the role of government in encouraging quality care (Healthy People 2020). Permission of Instructor.

MSPH-0610. PSYCHOSOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH, 1st Semester. Lect. 3, 3 credits. A core course on sociomedical approach enlisting anthropology, sociology, history, political science, social psychology, and moral philosophy in a multidisciplinary study of public health and medicine, examining critical issues in urban and rural health inequalities. The course draws upon assigned readings, lectures, and seminar sections that will allow students to apply the tools of social science to the analysis and formulation of public health programs and policies. Permission of Instructor.

MSPH-0615. HEALTH DISPARITIES/INEQUITIES, 1st Semester. Lect. 3, 3 credits. This cross-disciplinary course introduces students to issues on racial and ethnic health disparities, highlighting inequalities among African American and other minority populations, and examining the causes and ways to reduce such health disparities in the US, by specifically looking at approaches at the individual, community and policy levels. The course provides an opportunity for students to acquire knowledge of the healthcare system, focusing on information dissemination, budget creation and financial management, inventory and progress monitoring relative to public involvement in health care issues, practices and policy making. Permission of Instructor.

MSPH-0620. EPIDEMIOLOGY OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES Ist Semester. Lect. 3, 3 credits. This core course will introduce the study of the epidemiology of infectious diseases of national and international importance. The course will emphasize methods used in outbreak investigation and molecular epidemiology, concepts in disease transmission and dynamics, epidemiologic study design, and disease surveillance. Course lectures provide general topics related to infectious disease epidemiology, with several specific diseases or disease processes examined in detail as examples for each major mode of transmission. Prerequisites: MBIO 0614 or the instructor’s permission.

MSPH-0625. MULTIVARIATE METHODS, 2nd Semester. Lect. 3, 3 credits. This course provides students with statistical procedures for analyzing multivariate outcome data in health-related studies teaching logistic regression, Mantel-Haenszel procedures for 2x2 contingency tables and for stratified ordinal data; proportional odds model extension of logistic regression for ordinate data; Poisson regression, conditional logistic regression; and computing procedures for implementing methods. The course provides an opportunity for students to apply analysis of categorical data methods in epidemiological and clinical studies on specific health problems. Prerequisites:MBIO 0614, or biomedical statistics and permission of Instructor.

MSPH-0700. PROPOSAL WRITING AND GRANT MANAGEMENT, 1st and 2nd Semester. 2, 2 credits. The course provides an insight into grant writing, identifying funding sources, developing hypotheses for research grants, proposal preparation with needs assessment, identifying goals and objectives, performing evaluations and preparing budgets and obtaining project sustainability. The course also provides concepts on successful management of funded grants. Permission of Instructor.