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Program-Specific Courses

Public Health Practice, MPHP 605 (3)

This course provides an introduction to a series of contemporary issues in public health practice. The course is broken into a series of modules with faculty from a range of colleges within Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University expert in the subject area. This course will address the theory behind public health practice, specifically: the history of public health, public health settings and infrastructure, environmental and occupational health, and life stage health (maternal and child health, aging, minority health), injury, violence, health literacy, and safety, health alcohol, drugs and tobacco.

Public Health Policy, MPHP 606 (3)

This course introduces students to the ways health policy has shaped the health care environment that impacts the health of the community. The primary objective of this course is to introduce the student to the broad context of health and social policy that impacts the health of the community and drives how strategies to improve community health are structured.

Program Planning & Evaluation, MPHP 660 (3)

This course introduces the basic principles, standards and concepts of program planning and evaluation including needs assessment, research design, implementation and evaluation methods, budgeting, sources of data, and threats to validity.

Public Health Research Methods, MPHP 657 (3)

This is a program-specific course in the Master of Public Health Program Curriculum.  Students will acquire practical skills to be applied in the planning, execution, analysis, and design, selecting an appropriate data source, constructing and deploying a survey, interviewing, managing, analyzing and interpreting data, disseminating the results.  Both qualitative and quantitative methods are discussed although quantitative methodologies are emphasized.  Students will develop a survey instrument, develop a research data base, conduct appropriate data analyses, and prepare a report using a peer-reviewed journal format and give an oral presentation of their findings.  Pre-reqs: Principles of Epidemiology (MPHP 601) & Principles of Biostatistics (MPHP 602), or equivalent (with permission of the instructor).  Students will be expected to have introductory level knowledge of SPSS and a copy of this software.