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Master of Public Health

Location: Boston, Online
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Format: Full or Part time

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As a public health professional, you have the power to help protect the health of populations around the globe. This program builds on your bachelor’s degree so you can build your career preventing disease transmission, promoting health and wellness in communities, and advancing health equity across the globe.

In this flexible program, you can study on a full-or part-time basis, either on campus or online. During two or more years, you’ll take courses in topics such as quantitative and qualitative research methods, environmental health sciences, health policy, and community health. When you graduate, you’ll be well prepared to develop strategies that address complex health issues in a meaningful career.

Before enrollment, students must attend an in-person orientation on the Boston campus or complete an online orientation with both asynchronous and synchronous components.

For admission to the program, an applicant must have:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 3.0 overall GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Statement of Goals (500 words) that demonstrates an interest in and/or passion for public health
  • Current resume demonstrating experience and/or education in public health or related discipline. 
COURSE TITLE S.H.

CORE COURSES

PBH 701 Survey of Public Health 2
PBH 705 Intro to Environmental Health 3
PBH 710 Intro to Health Policy and Management 3
PBH 715 Intro to Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
PBH 740 Methods in Biostatistics and Epidemiology  4
HSC 820 Qualitative Research Methods 3
Total Semester Hours 18

CONCENTRATION COURSES

PBH 750 Community Health Science and Practice 3
PBH 755 Health Promotion and Education 3
PBH 760 Program Design & Evaluation of Public Health Interventions 3
PBH 765 Community Health Assessments 3
PBH 890 Public Health Practice Experience 2
PBH 895 Preparatory Seminar, Culminating Experience* 1
PBH 898 Culminating Experience 3
Total Semester Hours 18

ELECTIVE COURSES (Select 2)

PBH 801 Community Organizing 3
PBH 805 Maternal and Child Health 3
PBH 810 Public Health Emergency Preparedness 3
PBH 815 Mass Communication and Health 3
PBH 820 Public Health Genetics 3
PBH 825 Public Health Law 3
DRA 811 Health Policy and Development Analysis 3
PBH 830 Health Informatics  3
DRA 818
The Law of Healthcare Compliance
 3
PEP 856 Introduction to SAS (campus-based students only) 3
Total Semester Hours 6
Total credits to complete degree program
42

PBH 899 Culminating Experience Extension is a 0-credit course only taken when necessary.

*Three-day, in-person course held on Boston campus.

Our flexible course schedule allows students to go customize their curriculum plan to fit their needs. The following are sample curriculum plans for the Master of Public Health

MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH (Part Time)

Semester Course Title S.H.
Semester I
PBH701  Survey of Public Health 2
PBH740 Methods in Biostatistics and Epidemiology 4
Semester II

PBH750 Community Health Science and Practice 3
HSC820 Qualitative Research Methods 3
Semester III
PBH755
Health Promotion and Education 3
PBH710
Intro to Health Policy and Management
3
Semester IV
PBH715
Intro to Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
PBH705  Intro to Environmental Health 3
Semester V
  Elective 3
PBH765
Community Health Assessments 3
Semester VI

PBH895
Preparatory Seminar for the Culminating Experience (3-Day Immersion)* 1
PBH890
Public Health Practice Experience 2
  Elective 3
Semester VII
PBH898
Culminating Experience 3
PBH760
Program Design & Evaluation of Public Health Interventions 3
Total credits to complete degree program
42

MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH (Full Time)

Semester Course Title S.H.
Semester I
PBH701  Survey of Public Health 2
PBH740 Methods in Biostatistics and Epidemiology 4
PBH750 Community Health Science and Practice 3
Semester II
HSC820 Qualitative Research Methods 3
PBH755
Health Promotion and Education 3
PBH715
Intro to Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Semester III
PBH710
Intro to Health Policy and Management 3
PBH765
Community Health Assessments 3
PBH895
Preparatory Seminar for the Culminating Experience (3-Day Immersion)* 1
PBH890
Public Health Practice Experience 2
Semester IV
  Elective
3
PBH760 Program Design & Evaluation of Public Health Interventions 3
PBH705 Intro to Environmental Health 3
Semester V
PBH898 Culminating Experience 3
  Elective 3
Total credits to complete degree program
42

PBH 899 Culminating Experience Extension is a 0-credit course only taken when necessary.

*Three-day, in-person course held on Boston campus.

Our students learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields and are committed to the success of each student. Discover our full list of Public Health faculty

Foundational Competencies

Evidence-Based Approaches to Public Health

  1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
  2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
  4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice

Public Health & Health Care Systems

  1. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  2. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels

Planning & Management to Promote Health

  1. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities' health
  2. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
  3. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  4. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  5. Select methods to evaluate public health programs

Policy in Public Health

  1. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
  2. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
  3. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
  4. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity

Leadership

  1. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
  2. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges

Communication

  1. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  2. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  3. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content

Interprofessional Practice

  1. Perform effectively on interprofessional teams

Systems Thinking

  1. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue

Community Health Competencies

  1. Apply theories, concepts, models, and frameworks of health education, health promotion, and health literacy to address a public health problem, considering the cultural values, beliefs, and traditions of a community
  2. Demonstrate risk assessment and risk communication approaches in managing occupational and environmental exposures
  3. Assess human and ecological effects of environmental agents and climate change, based on: (1) factors in the physical environment, (2) factors in the social environment, and (3) issues of environmental justice and equity
  4. Use the principles of community-based participatory research to develop a strategy to learn about community-identified issues, build equitable partnerships, and formalize a process to apply research to both practice and policy
  5. Prepare a funding proposal that demonstrates knowledge of funding sources, measurable goals and objectives, and budgets

 

The Master of Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs outside schools of public health.

Online tuition is calculated at a cost-per-credit rate based on the program you choose and the number of credits for which you register. Learn more about Online tuition and fees here.
 

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