Master of Public Health



Master of Public Health

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Course Offerings

One unit of credit equals four semester hours.

Every course in the MPH program is fully online.

Core Courses
MPH 500 Foundations of Public Health
.75 credit
This course introduces the history, mission, vision, and core functions of public health from a regional, national, and global perspective. The Ecological Model of Health serves as the conceptual framework to explore the social, political, economic, medical, legal, and ethical factors that create disparities that guide public health practice across populations and environments.

MPH 501 Biostatistics 
1 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 
.75 credit
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 506 Role Development for Public Health Practice I
.25 credit
This course assists students in individualizing their MPH study experience. Following an individualized inventory of public health-related knowledge, skills, attitudes, each student will collaborate with others in the articulation of a public health role development plan. This plan will be used to guide each student's focus throughout the MPH curriculum, i.e., in selected course assignments, practicum site selection, and capstone topic. May be waived for licensed health professionals.

MPH 507 Role Development for Public Health Practice II
.25 credit
This course prepares students to develop the operational knowledge and skills needed to integrate into the professional public health community. It provides the tangible aspects of being a public health professional.

MPH 510 Environmental Health Science 
.75 credit
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 
.75 credit
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 
1 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 
.75 credit
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 551 Community Health Programming 
1 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.

MPH 560 Research and Evidence-Based Practice in Public Health
.75 credit
This course presents the theoretical underpinnings required for evidence-based practice in public health. It provides the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in public health research, collaborate on public health program evaluation, and apply evidence-based practice principles to population health.

MPH 570 Public Health Practicum 
1.25 credit
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 120-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 
.50 credit
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.

MPH 535 Geospatial Concepts in the Healthcare Community 
.75 credit
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.

MBA 500 Organizational Management 
.75 credit
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 
.75 credit
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.

Elmhurst College reserves the right to modify courses, schedules and program format without advance notice to students.

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