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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Public Health


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The Master of Public Health program provides students with specialized knowledge and practical application of public health principles across a wide array of national and international settings such as public healthcare settings, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. The program focuses on health promotion and prevention, disease state management, and related activities of interest to public health care practitioners and policy makers, with an emphasis on innovative and cross-functional approaches. In keeping with the social justice mission of the College and the School of Health and Human Services, the MPH program is designed to meet the needs of the people and places of the global community and health care practitioners who serve these communities. The curriculum is designed for both health care professionals who hold a bachelor degree or higher in their field of practice as well as for those who seek an entry into public health at the MPH level. Optional concentration tracks provide additional preparation in critical areas of 21st century public health. Individuals with a particular interest in global/migrant or rural health will have the option of taking an additional 6 credits in these areas of acute need.  

MPH Learning Outcomes

The MPH program is comprised of competencies informed across the five traditional public health areas, including biostatistics, epidemiology, health services administration, health education/behavioral science, and environmental health.

In addition, there are cross-cutting and emerging public health areas addressed by the program:

  • Evidence-based approaches to public health
  • Public health and health care systems
  • Planning and management to promote health
  • Policy in public health
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Interprofessional practice
  • Systems thinking

Program Director

Mary Maher, Ph.D., R.N.
(585) 389-2759
mmaher7@naz.edu

Entry Requirements

  1. Completed Online Application
  2. Completion of the professional statement as described on the application
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges attended
    • Applicant must have completed, or will be completing, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative index of 3.0 and a “B” average in the major field by the start date of the desired term.
    • An applicant who does not meet these grade point average expectations must address them in his/her professional statement; please see the Professional Statement section of the admissions application for further information.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of the profession through work or volunteer experience.
  5. Two letters of recommendation, one from a professor (if recent graduate) or professional colleague, evaluating the applicant’s ability to complete the MPH degree as well as leadership capacity.
  6. Personal statement reflecting on reasons for entering the field of Public Health and how the degree will assist in attaining goals.

Application Deadlines
Rolling admission leading up to the desired start term

Full-time enrollment: Fall term only
Part-time enrollement: Fall, Spring, or Summer

Program Curriculum


There is a Generalist Track, plus two choices for optional concentrations in either Global/Migrant Health or Rural Health. All courses are three credits each.

Generalist Track (42 credits)
MPH 500 Public Health Foundation
MPH 501 Epidemiology
MPH 502 Social Determinants of Health and Behavior
MPH 503 Quantitatie/Qualitative Methods of Research
MPH 504 Biostatistics
MPH 505 Public Health Writing
MPH 506 Research Methods and Health Promotion
​MPH 607 Organizational Leadership in Health
​MPH 608 Health Policy
​MPH 609 Models of Healthcare Delivery
​MPH 610 Program Planning and Evaluation
​MPH 611 Environmental Health in a Global Society
​MPH 612 Practicum Experience in Public Health
​MPH 613 Integrated Learning Experience - Thesis

Migrant/Global Health Concentration (6 credits)
MPH 614 Global Health
MPH 615 Migrant and Refugee Issues

Rural Health Concentration (6 credits)
MPH 616 Rural Population Health
MPH 617 Community Engagement and Rural Health

Course Sequencing


Fall Semester

  • MPH 500 Public Health Foundations (1st five weeks of semester)
  • MPH 501 Epidemiology (2nd five weeks of semester)
  • MPH 502 Social Determinants of Health & Behavior (third five weeks of semester)

Each fall course will meet in-person for three Saturdays 9:00am-5:30pm, with two additional online Saturday sessions.


Spring Semester

  • MPH 502 Quantitative/Qualitative Methods of Research (1st five weeks of semester)
  • MPH 504 Biostatistics (2nd five weeks of semester)
  • MPH 505 Public Health Writing (third five weeks of semester)

Each spring course will meet in-person for three Saturdays 9:00am-5:30pm, with two additional online Saturday sessions.


Summer Semester

  • MPH 506 Global Health
  • Migrant/Global Health Concentration Courses
    • MPH 614 Global Health
    • MPH 615 Migrant and Refugee Issues
  • Rural Health Concentration Courses
    • MPH 616 Rural Population Health
    • MPH 617 Community Engagement and Rural Health

Summer courses are offered over four weekends, mid-May through end of July
*Each course meets for two weekends on campus: Friday night, Saturday all day, Sunday all day

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