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 enrolled in the Global Health Concentration must fulfill the requirements of their respective divisions or programs. In addition, the Global Health Concentration requires the student to complete the following courses. All “a” courses are offered in the fall term, and “b” courses are offered in the spring term.

Requirements
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CONCENTRATION 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**

n/a

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

2

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

1

1

1

GH courses (offered in 2013-2014) categorized by perspectives on public health

Biomedicine:

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

1

EMD 680a/ MBIO 680a, Molecular and Cellular Processes of Parasitic Eukaryotes

1

MBIO 547b, Vaccines: Concepts in Biology

1

MBIO 702b, Microbiology Seminar Series

1

ENAS 805b, Biotechnology in the Developing World

1

Epidemiology:

EMD 543a, Global Aspects of Food and Nutrition

1

EMD 572a/F&ES 891a, Ecoepidemiology

1

EMD 518a, Principles of Infectious Diseases II

1

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

1

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

1

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

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 812a, Topics in Anthropological Genetics

1

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

1

ANTH 628a/GLBL 828a, Conflict and Health

1

CDE 594a, Maternal and Child Public Health Nutrition

1

CDE 541a, Community Health Program Evaluation

1

HLTH 450a/HPM 592a/GLBL 322a/ PLSC 121a, Strategic Thinking in Global Health

1

HPM 546a, Ethical Issues in Public Health

1

GLBL 363a/AFST 406a/PLSC 406a/WGSS 720a, Sexual Violence and War

1

GLBL 529a/CDE 585a, Sexuality, Health, and Human Rights

1

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

1

Development/ Political Economy:

AFST 401a/AFST 501a/ INRL 516a, Research Methods in African Studies

1

ECON 325b, Economics of Developing Countries

1

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

1

F&ES 658a, Global Resources and the Environment

1

F&ES 863a/EVST 353a/LAST 353a, Sustainability in Latin America

1

F&ES 658a, Global Resources, International Resource Exchanges, and the Environment

3

EHS 581a, Medical and Public Health Emergency Planning and Operations

1

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

1

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

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

HPM 546a, Ethical Issues in Public Health

1

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

1

GLBL 503a, Global Economies: Markets, Institutions, and Policy

1

Ethics/ History/ Humanities:

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

1

HIST 911a/HSHM 447a/HSHM 680a/HIST 379J, History of Chinese Science

1

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, to be taken in the first 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 an international internship. 

rev. 8/13/2013

  • 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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