Course Descriptions

Listed below are the courses in the MPH program:

Health Education Core Courses

HS 200 Contemporary Practice: Public Health, Health Promotion, and Community Health Education.

Introduction to the philosophy, ethics, historical roots, and approaches of contemporary public health education and health promotion. Emphasis is on frameworks and strategies used in practice (2 units).

HS 201 Groups and Training: Theory and Practice

Study of group processes and learning theories as they apply in the training environment. Apply experiential learning concepts and principles in the design, implementation, and evaluation of training programs (2 units).

HS 271 Theoretical Foundations of Public Health

Role of theory in shaping practice, research and evaluation that facilitates social change and promotes health across the spectrum of prevention, including individual, community, organization, and policy levels (3 units).

HS 272 Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation

Theory and practice of developing community health programs. Focus on program planning within the context of strategic planning, problem/needs assessment, setting of program goals and objectives, approaches to program evaluation, and grant writing (3 units).

HS 269 Applied Data Analysis

Overview of quantitative and qualitative data analysis and reporting. Application of basic quantitative analysis concepts introduced in computational statistics and research courses. Specific emphasis on interpretation of qualitative data including data reduction, text management, coding, content analysis, and data trustworthiness (3 units).

HS 293 Leadership for Health Professionals

Preparation for leadership in public health. Emphasis is on: policy and politics of health advocacy, ethics in public health education, and final self-assessment of skills for practice and continuing education priorities (2 units).

Public Health Core Courses

HS 261 Epidemiology

Introduction to epidemiologic concepts and methods with applications to public health practice for students intending to engage in, collaborate in, or interpret the results of epidemiologic studies in the scientific appraisal of community health (3 units).

HS 262 Health Services Organization

In-depth examination of the organization and administration of health services in the United States. Topics include health care economics, health service expenditures, insurance theory, comparative health systems, government role, cost containment and quality (2 units).

HS 263 Principles and Skills of Health Administration

Application of administrative concepts and skills in health systems agencies. Includes decision-making, communication, funding, budgeting, marketing, personnel management, labor relations, planning, evaluation, and health promotion (2 units).

HS 265 Environmental Health

Investigation of environmental health issues: risk evaluation, risk management, hazardous materials, occupational health and safety, plus air, water, and noise pollution. Learning fundamentals of managing environmental health problems (3 units).

HS 267 Computational Public Health Statistics*

Methods of public health and biostatistical data collection, management, analysis, and reporting using microcomputers, including the detection and control of confounding factors (3 units).

*Note: Concurrent Prerequisite Preparation in Biostatistics

MPH students must have previous introductory knowledge in biostatistics before they take the graduate level computational biostatistics course. Specifically, students need to have a basic understanding of the methods of collecting, computerizing, describing, inferring from and presenting numerical data derived from groups of individuals in public health and biomedical settings. Self-assessment tools and an Epi Tutorial are available to distance students to guarantee that they are ready for the graduate statistics course when it comes up in the curriculum.

HS 276 Community Organization and Health Promotion

Advanced study of the principles, practices, and ethical considerations underlying community organization, health promotion, empowerment, and advocacy. Includes examination of the change process and introduction to the skills and tools of effective public health organizing (3 units).

HS 277 Multicultural Communication for Health Professionals

Theories and skills of multicultural communication necessary for effective professional practice with diverse clients, communities, staff, and colleagues. Examination of concepts and indicators of cultural competence beginning with intensive self-study and concluding with community examples (3 units).

HS 295 Research Design and Methodology

Multidisciplinary focus on general research methods such as the concept of scientific methods, the logic of research design and applicability of theoretical and experimental approaches in the health professions. (3 units).


HS 291 Series:  Fieldwork Seminar, Fieldwork Practicum, and Professional Development  (4 units).   More information on the Fieldwork series can be found in the Fieldwork page.