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2013–2014

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.

Core Courses
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.

Electives
MPH 535 Geospatial Concepts in the Healthcare Community (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
This course seeks to impart professional utility of Geographic Information Systems for students seeking to complement a quantitative analysis skill set in pursuit of a career in public health, medicine, nursing, hospital administration, or health research.

MPH 504 Clinical Prevention and Population Health (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
This course introduces the mission, vision and core functions of public health. The Ecological Model of Health frames critical examination of the harms and benefits of clinical prevention strategies, and the impact of social changes on public health practice. Assignments are designed to familiarize students with important public health resources. Prerequisite: None, but it is recommended that this course be taken prior to the practicum and capstone courses.

MBA 500 Organizational Management (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
This course covers a broad range of topics surrounding the management of organizations. Course topics include behavior in organizations, strategic human resource management, current production and operations techniques, and organizational structure and design. Change management techniques will be discussed. Course activities will develop and strengthen students’ organizational decision making, analytical and communication skills.

MBA 550 (BUS 550) Cultural Diversity in Organizations (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
This course examines the nature and role of culture and diversity in the workplace, ways to manage diversity in the workplace, the implications of diversity for business operations, and understanding of differences in light of the globalization of the world’s economy.

MPH 551 Community Health Programming (4 semester hours; 1 course credit)
This course introduces philosophies, principles and methods for promoting health, and addresses the development of effective health promotion and health education programs. Health educator competencies and program planning tools will be applied to course content.

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