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Curriculum

Curriculum

OVERVIEW

The Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration is offered entirely online and taught by experienced faculty at a fully-accredited school of public health. The program consists of six core courses, as well as supporting coursework, a capstone and a practicum. The core courses include:

  • Principles of Epidemiology  
  • Biostatistics   
  • Principles of Management in Public Health 
  • Principles of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Public Health Concepts and Practice
  • Behavioral Sciences in Public Health

APPROACH

The Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration curriculum is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the managerial skills needed in the public health sector. Depending on the curriculum designed by the student and the faculty adviser, after finishing the program, participants may be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate a public policy problem, and to communicate the results effectively in writing and orally.
  • Organize and manage skills needed to administer public health programs, such as community assessment, strategic management, budgeting and organizational control.
  • Describe, analyze and track the processes by which laws and regulations are made and the factors that influence those decisions.
  • Illustrate and understand different policy analytic and program evaluation techniques, with an emphasis on interpretation of studies.
  • Understand and evaluate the institutions of public health and of the health services system in the United States.
  • Display strong written and oral communication skills, as well as skills in negotiating and in advocacy, an understanding of the importance of community support for public heath programs, an ability to communicate effectively with the community, an understanding of the role of the media in public health policy-making, and an ability to communicate effectively with the media.
  • Identify ethical principles that are involved in public health policy-making and programming.
  • Apply the skills learned in course work by engaging in field experience.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

School-Wide Core Requirements
EPID 400 - Principles of Epidemiology 3
BSTT 400 - Biostatistics I 4
HPA 400 - Principles of Management in Public Health 3
EOHS 400 - Principles of Environmental Health Sciences 3
CHSC 400 - Public Health Concepts and Practice 3
CHSC 401 - Behavioral Sciences in Public Health 3
Selectives + Electives
Students must complete a minimum of 19 credit hours of electives, at least half of which must be courses offered by the Health Policy and Administration division. 19
Field Practicum
IPHS 650 - Field Experience in Public Health 
Students work with an approved health agency under the guidance of UIC academic advisors and field practicum supervisors. This is an opportunity to immediately apply your education, enhancing both your career prospects and your grasp of the material. Under some circumstances, the field practicum may be completed through your current employer.
3
Capstone Project
IPHS 698 - MPH Capstone Experience 
Students synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences to address a practical policy issue in an agency or organization. Frequently, the field practicum can be utilized as the experience for the capstone.
1
Total Hours Required 42

All courses are taught online with no required campus visits. Students must maintain a 3.0 (out of 4.0) cumulative average for all coursework.

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