The master's program in public health at Elmhurst College is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2013. The following courses are offered for completion of the degree. Every course in the MPH program is fully online.
MPH 501 Biostatistics (4 semester hours; 1 course credit)
This course prepares students to collect, store, retrieve, analyze and interpret health data; design and analyze health-related surveys and experiences; and become familiar with concepts and practices of statistical data analysis.
MPH 505 Public Health Services Administration and Management (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
This course examines the administration, organization, financing and delivery of public health services, with an emphasis on current health policy and management issues. Students will be exposed to the theories and practice of public administration as they are applied in public health settings.
MPH 510 Environmental Health Science (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
This course prepares students to understand the environmental factors including biological, physical and chemical factors that affect the health of a community and legal and regulatory approaches to monitoring and improving air, water and soil quality.
MPH 520 Public Health Policy and Politics (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
This course provides an introduction to the structures, institutions and processes of the U.S. government at the federal and state levels, their interrelationships, and roles in shaping public health policy.
MPH 530 Epidemiology (4 semester hours; 1 course credit)
This course prepares students to understand the distributions and determinants of disease, disabilities and death in human populations using an ecological model; the characteristics and dynamics of human populations; and the natural history of disease and biological basis of health.
MPH 550 Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
This course prepares students to understand concepts and methods of social and behavioral sciences relevant to the assessment of public health and design of strategies and interventions at a population level.
MPH 570 Public Health Practicum (5 semester hours; 1.25 course credits)
This course provides students an opportunity to demonstrate the practical knowledge and skills, acquired through their course of study, that are required for professional practice in public health. In addition to class sessions, each student participates in a 90-hour practicum with a faculty-approved preceptor and site. This is an online course, but the practicum will be completed locally at a public health agency, such as a local or state public health agency, or a local, state, national or international nongovernmental agency or organization.
MPH 580 Public Health Capstone (2 semester hours; .5 course credits)
This capstone experience requires students to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired through coursework and practicum experiences. Many methods for demonstrating mastery of the body of public health knowledge and emerging leadership skills are possible, including a comprehensive examination, an applied practice project or a major paper, along with an application activity that demonstrates emerging leadership skills.