Curriculum - Master of Public Health

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In addition to mastering the core curriculum competencies and the competencies for the student’s department or program, each student in the Global Health Concentration learns to analyze and describe international health issues. All students in the Global Health Concentration will complete three global health courses from at least two of the five perspectives on public health by which global health courses have been categorized. Students will also participate in two semesters of the Global Health Seminar (preferably in their first year) and complete a global health internship during the summer between the first and second years of the M.P.H. program. If students have already had 10-12 weeks of international public health experience, they can do an internship based in the US as long as it is pertinent to global health; otherwise, they have to do an internship abroad. Students must write a global health-related thesis or participate in a relevant capstone experience (as determined by their department).


Competencies for the M.P.H. Global Health Concentration and the Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program Global Health Track

Each student in the Global Health Concentration will master the core curriculum competencies and the competencies for the student’s department or program. In addition, upon receiving an M.P.H. degree in the Global Health Concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the world and in the world’s major regions. Students should be able to broadly differentiate the causes of morbidity and mortality by age, gender, income quintile within countries, and country income group.
  • Describe cross-national determinants of health based on courses selected from the five perspectives on public health: biomedicine; epidemiology; psychosocial/ social and behavioral/ anthropology; development/ political economy; ethics/ history/ humanities. Students should be able to explain how those determinants vary by age, gender, income quintile within countries, and country income group.
  • Assess global health issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, including public health disciplines, medicine, international relations, environmental studies, political science, law, anthropology, economics and others.
  • Analyze global health problems taking into account their social, political, economic, legal, and human rights dimensions.
  • Propose evidence-based solutions to the key health problems affecting maternal, newborn and child health; adolescent health; and the health of adults.
  • Understand the different components of the global health governance infrastructure, how they have evolved over time, and critically assess this infrastructure.
  • Apply necessary leadership skills to serve as bridges between the global health research and practice settings.
  • Apply research methods in the design, monitoring, and evaluation of global health initiatives.
  • Explain and propose solutions for the unique challenges involved in conducting public health research in low-resource settings.
  • Describe and analyze different roles of global public health practitioners and apply this to individual career development.
  • Students should be able to communicate global health issues, causes, and solutions to diverse stakeholders including practitioners, lay audiences, policy staff, media, and scientists.

Curriculum

Students intending to complete the YSPH Global Health Concentration (GHC) must fulfill the requirements of their respective divisions or programs. In addition, GHC requires the student to complete the following courses. All “a” courses are offered in the fall term, “b” courses are offered in the spring term, and “c” denotes summer. 

Students interested in completing GHC may also propose courses not listed here as potential GHC electives. In this case, please email the GHC director, Rafael Perez-Escamilla (rafael.perez-escamilla@yale.edu), the GHC Program Coordinator, Anjuli Bodyk (anjuli.bodyk@yale.edu), and the GHC general email (ghc.ysph@yale.edu) with the course title, description, and the most updated course syllabus. Upon receiving this email, the YSPH-GHC program will let you know if this course meets GHC elective requirements.

GHC Course Requirements

Course Units

*EPH 591a, Global Health Seminar

n/a

*EPH 591b, Global Health Seminar

n/a

HPM 566b, Critical Issues in Global Health

1

**EPH 520c, Summer Internship
Please note that all internships must meet guidelines of the Office of Public Health Practice (http://publichealth.yale.edu/internship/guidelines.aspx).

n/a

EPH 525, Thesis or Capstone experience (determined by department)

2

Three courses from at least two of the perspectives of public health

1

1

1

GH elective courses (offered in Fall 2014) categorized by perspectives

Epidemiology:

EMD 518a, Principles of Infectious Diseases I

1

EMD 543a, Global Aspects of Food and Nutrition

1

EMD 567a, Big 3-Malaria, HIV, TB

1

EMD 680a, Advance Topics in Tropical Parasitic Diseases

1

HLTH 230a, Global Health: Challenges and Promises

1

HLTH 325a /GLBL 189/GLB 589/LAST 416, Methods and Ethics in Global Health Research

1

Psychosocial/ Social and Behavioral/ Anthropology:

CDE 541a, Community Health Program Evaluation

1

CDE 562a, Nutrition and Chronic Disease

1

CDE 573a, Social and Cultural Factors in Mental Health and Illness

1

CDE 581a, Stigma and Health

1

CDE 585a, Sexuality, Health, and Human Rights

1

CDE 594a, Maternal and Child Public Health Nutrition

1

GLBL 320a, Conflict, Resilience, and Health

HLTH 330a, Case Studies in Global Health

1

HPM 546a, Ethical Issues in Public Health

1

Development/ Political Economy:

GLBL 821a: Better Policy Choices to Improve Health in Low-Income Settings

1

AFST 401a/AFST 501a, Research Methods in African Studies

1

GLBL 325a/ECON 469a, Health Inequality and Development

1

Ethics/ History/ Humanities:

HIST 930a/ HSHM 701a/AMST 878a, Problems in the History of Medicine and Public Health (?)

1

Potential Spring 2015 Courses
The courses below were offered in previous Spring semesters and met GHC elective requirements. An updated list will be provided in January 2015.

Biomedicine:

BENG 411b/ENAS 711b, Biomedical Microtechnology and Nanotechnology

1

MBIO 547b, Vaccines: Concepts in Biology

1

MBIO 702b, Microbiology Seminar Series

1

ENAS 805b, Biotechnology in the Developing World

1

Epidemiology:

HLTH 230b, Global Health: Challenges and Promises

1

MCDB 861b, The Human Population Explosion

1

HLTH 444b, Biology, Pathogenesis, and Natural History of HIV/AIDS

1

Psychosocial/ Social and Behavioral/ Anthropology:

ANTH 655b/ WGSS 659b, Masculinity and Men’s Health

1

HLTH 230a/b, Global Health: Challenges and Promises (also listed in Epidemiology)

1

SOCY 543b/WGSS 629b, Demography, Gender and Health

1

Development/ Political Economy:

ECON 325b, Economics of Developing Countries

1

F&ES 245b/PLSC 146b/EVST 245b, International Environmental Policy and Governance

1

EHS 582b, Advanced Medical and Public Health Emergency Planning and Operations

1

F&ES 245b/PLSC 146b/EVST 245b, International Environmental Policy and Governance

1

AFST 447b/PLSC 447b/EP&E 271b/ER&M 271b, The Rwandan Genocide In Compared Context

1

GLBL 384b/ER&M 362b/ SOCY 363b, Genocide and Ethnic Conflict

1

Ethics/ History/ Humanities:

HSHM 437b/HIST 435J, Global Crisis of Malaria

1

HSHM 212b/HIST 932b/HIST 146b/HSHM 629b, Historical Perspectives on Global Health

1




*One full academic year (two semester course sequence) ideally taken in the first MPH year 

**If the student has already had 10-12 weeks of international public health experience, they can do a global health internship in the US as long as it is pertinent to global health; otherwise, they have to do a global internship 

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  • Assessment of Reproductive Health and Gender-based Violence Among Syrian Refugee Women in Lebanon (CDE)
  • Assessing Diabetes Integrated Patient Education and Glucose Control and Differential Diabestes Treatment Response in Jordan (CDE)
  • Spatial and Environmental Determinants of Winter Oviposition in Brazil 
  • Household Economic Burden of Acute Febrile Illness in an Urban Slum in Brazil
  • Development of a Serological Test for Leishmaniasis in Colombia
  • They Go To Die – A Documentary Film
  • Epidemiology of Hookworm Infection among School Aged Children in the Kintampo North District of Ghana
  • Analysis of Incident of Sexually Transmitted Infections in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Effect of Maternal Arsenic Metabolism on Low Birth Weight in Romania
  • Divinity & Distress: The Impact of Religion & Spirituality on the Mental Health of HIV positive Adults in Tanzania
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