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Online Master of Public Health Course Descriptions

From interactive case studies and personal research projects to the opportunity to apply public health theories and strategies in your own community, the Masters degree in Public Health curriculum at Creighton University Online is dynamic and comprehensive. The 43-credit-hour program is offered fully online (no residency requirement) and includes 27 credit hours of core courses, 9 credit hours in your chosen concentration, 4 credit hours of practicum experience and 3 credit hours for a capstone research project.

Core Courses (27 credit hours)

MPH 601 Organization and Management of Public Health Services (3 credits)
This course examines the organization, delivery, and financing of health care services from a managerial and policy perspective. Specific focus will be given to the role, responsibilities, and functions of public health services; the integral relationship of public health within the larger health system; and management principles and practices applicable to public health organizations.
MPH 602 Community Health Assessment (3 credits)
This course examines the concepts, methods and practices for assessing the health of a community. Topics include measuring community health status, developing community health profiles, identifying the determinants of health, and the utilization of community health assessment in developing public health interventions.

MPH 603/MHE 622 Public Health Ethics (3 credits)   
This course introduces students to ethical issues in population health and the discipline of public health. This course draws upon some of the major discourses and analyses in human rights, social justice and other ethical theory, and health policy to consider health and healthcare as aggregate public and social goods. The ethical dimensions of geopolitical, economic, cultural, environmental, educational, and social influences on health will be explored in global, national, and community contexts. The course will consider ethical questions about the discipline of public health and the roles of governments, academic medical centers, healthcare organizations, health professions, professionals, and members of the public as stewards of health.

MPH 604 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3 credits)
This course is an exploration of concepts and methods of social and behavioral sciences relevant to the identification and solution of public health problems. The course will focus on the basic set of competencies that is central to the field, including identifying theories, concepts, and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice.

MPH 605 Epidemiology (3 credits)
This course offers a foundation for the study of the distribution, history, and determinants of disease and disability in human populations. In addition to examining the biological basis of health, the course will explore social epidemiology and the interrelationship between the social and biological determinants of health.

MPH 606 Environmental Health (3 credits)
The course examines the environmental factors that impact population health. The course focuses on the biological, physical and chemical agents affecting human health. Additional topic areas that will be explored include the regulatory framework for environmental health, workplace health, and contemporary issues in environmental justice.

MPH 607 Biostatistics (3 credits)
This course focuses on descriptive and inferential statistical concepts, methods, and the applications of statistical methods in the analysis and assessment of population health.

MPH 608 Health Communication and Informatics (3 credits)
This course provides a foundation for understanding the concepts and best practices in health communication and for developing skills in building effective communication campaigns with multiple and culturally diverse audiences. Recognizing the importance of informatics in health communication, the course will also address skills in the use of information technology for the retrieval, management and dissemination of information that promotes population health.

MPH 609 Introduction to Community-Based Participatory Research (3 credits)
The 2010 National Healthcare Quality Report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality outlined disparities in health care access and quality across the U.S., particularly among minority and low-income groups. All over the country, researchers and community members are joining forces to reduce those disparities. The use of community-based participatory research (CBPR) -- in which researchers and community members are equal partners in the research process--is growing as a way to reduce those disparities. This course will provide foundational skills in CBPR including a review of ethical issues that can arise.

Concentrations (9 credit hours – select one)

Health Policy and Ethics Concentration

MHE 601/MPH 630 Health Policy (3 credits)
An exploration of health policy and its development, emphasizing social justice and human rights as providing the moral and ethical bases of policy. The course considers and compares institutional, local, regional, national, and international approaches to public health, health systems, and determination of research and development priorities. American health systems, their operations, processes, successes, and failures are extensively analyzed. The processes and challenges for making policy at institutional, state, and federal levels are described, and past and current attempts at health systems reform, and why they succeed or fail, are analyzed. P: For MHE 601: No prerequisites. For MPH 630: MPH 601, MPH 602, MPH 603, MPH 604, MPH 605, MPH 606, MPH 607, MPH 608, MPH 609.

MHE 603/MPH631 Law and Health Care Ethics (3 credits)
This course explores the crucial connection between health law and health care ethics. The course focuses on major ethical themes that have emerged in the law and highlights specific interconnections of doctrines that have come out of landmark cases. The course will also examine the significant and fundamental differences between health care ethics and health law. P: For MHE 603: No prerequisites. For MPH 631: MPH 601, MPH 602, MPH 603, MPH 604, MPH 605, MPH 606, MPH 607, MPH 608, MPH 609.

MHE 604/MPH 632 Social and Cultural Contexts of Health Care (3 credits)
This class introduces the student to the various contexts of personal and social experience that construct and interpret bioethics. Participants consider identity and autonomy as embedded in social matrices ranging from the body itself to global configurations. Various power dynamics of class, legitimacy, and ideology are considered. Participants analyze the culture of the biomedical project and the challenge of finding one’s voice within it. P: For MHE 604: No prerequisites. For MPH 632: MPH 601, MPH 602, MPH 603, MPH 604, MPH 605, MPH 606, MPH 607, MPH 608, MPH 609.

Public Health Services Administration Concentration

MPH 633 Health Economics and Finance (3 credits)
The course examines fundamental theories in health economics and health care finance and the application of these theories in public health administration. The course emphasizes economic issues pertinent to the public health sector as well as concepts and practices in financial management that support the successful leadership and administration of public health organizations. P: MPH 601, MPH 602, MPH 603, MPH 604, MPH 605, MPH 606, MPH 607, MPH 608, MPH 609.

MPH 634 Health Planning and Program Evaluation (3 credits)
This course focuses on the understanding and application of health planning models and practices. The course encompasses a range of health planning models, methods and applications including health systems planning, strategic planning and marketing, and program planning for public health services. Recognizing the integral role of program evaluation in the planning process, the course will also explore the design of program evaluations, methods for conducting program evaluations and best practices for the integration of program evaluation as component of the overall plan. P: MPH 601, MPH 602, MPH 603, MPH 604, MPH 605, MPH 606, MPH 607, MPH 608, MPH 609.

MPH 635 Public Health Leadership (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to explore leadership theories, identify leadership challenges, and analyze best practices in public health leadership. Emphasis is given to reflection and self-development of decision-making and leadership styles in assuming leadership roles within public health organizations. P: MPH 601, MPH 602, MPH 603, MPH 604, MPH 605, MPH 606, MPH 607, MPH 608, MPH 609.

Practice Experience (4 credit hours)

MPH 610 Pre-Practice Preparation (1 credit)
Opportunity to establish site, preceptor and focus of practicum. Complete site requirements and learning contract prior to beginning MPH 611. P: MPH 601, MPH 602, MPH 603, MPH 604, MPH 605, MPH 606, MPH 607, MPH 608, MPH 609.

MPH 611 Practice Experience (3 credits)
Opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired through core courses and elective/area of concentration under the supervision of a qualified preceptor who is a public health professional. P: MPH 601, MPH 602, MPH 603, MPH 604, MPH 605, MPH 606, MPH 607, MPH 608, MPH 609, MPH 610, and 9 credit hours of MPH electives.

Capstone Project (3 credit hours)

MPH 612 Capstone (3 credits)
In this final required course of the degree program, students are expected to integrate insights gained and competencies acquired throughout the program. Applying methods of scholarly inquiry and composition, students will synthesize insights and findings from their practice experience in a publishable-quality article or commentary and will present the findings to fellow students and faculty. P: MPH 601, MPH 602, MPH 603, MPH 604, MPH 605, MPH 606, MPH 607, MPH 608, MPH 609, MPH 610, MPH 611, and 9 credit hours of MPH electives.

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