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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

School of Public Health

Master of Public Health

Academic Requirements:

Master of Public Health Academic Requirements

Academic Requirements

The Master of Public Health Program (MPH) is currently offered as a part-time or full-time program.

MPH degree candidates must complete the School of Public Health core requirements as well as the Concentration requirements. The number of credits required for successful completion of the degree is 42.

All students must complete a Culminating Experience that integrates theory and practice. The SUNY Downstate Medical Center School of Public Health is well situated to offer potential students a broad range of Culminating Experiences through collaborative arrangements with an array of public and private hospitals, community-based organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies.

Requirements

MPH Core Requirements (18 Credits)

All students enrolling in or after Fall 2019 must complete:

  • eighteen (18) credits of core course requirements, which provide the basic knowledge in major areas of public health,
  • twelve (12) credits of concentration course requirements in their major area,
  • nine (9) credits of course electives,
  • one (1) credit Applied Practice Experience,
  • two (2) credits of the Culminating Experience.

 

Course Number Course Title Credits
BIOS 5200 Principles of Biostatistics 3
CHSC 5206 Program Design and Evaluation (Formerly: Program Planning and Evaluation) 3
EOHS 5200 Issues in Environmental Health 3
EPID 5200 Principles of Epidemiology 3
HPMG 5206 Introduction to Health Policy and Management 3
PUBH 5201 Public Health Leadership in Interprofessional Practice 3
    Total
18

 

MPH Core Requirements (15 Credits)

All Students who Enrolled prior to Fall 2019 must complete:

  • fifteen (15) credits of core course requirements, which provide the basic knowledge in major areas of public health,
  • twelve (12) credits of concentration course requirements in their major area,
  • twelve (12) credits of course electives,
  • one (1) credit Applied Practice Experience,
  • two (2) credits of the Culminating Experience

 

Requirements

Course Number Course Title Credits
BIOS 5200 Principles of Biostatistics 3
CHSC 5200 Health Behavior and Risk Reduction 3
EOHS 5200 Issues in Environmental Health 3
EPID 5200 Principles of Epidemiology 3
HPMG 5206 Introduction to Health Policy and Management 3
    Total
15

Concentration Options:

  1. Biostatistics
  2. Community Health Sciences - Urban And Immigrant Health
  3. Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
  4. Epidemiology
  5. Health Policy And Management

 


MPH Degree with Concentration in:

Biostatistics

The primary objective of the MPH in Biostatistics is to provide a strong foundation in Public Health with a focus on quantitative methods. Students choosing this Concentration should have a strong aptitude for quantitative reasoning and methods with a focus on public health.

Requirements

Biostatistics Concentration Core Requirements
All students enrolled in the Biostatistics Concentration must complete the Concentration core requirements listed below.

Course Number Course Title Credits Pre-requisite Courses
BIOS 5201 Categorical Data Analysis 3 BIOS 5200, EPID 5200, BIOS 5202
BIOS 5202 Applied Regression Analysis 3 BIOS 5200, EPID 5200
BIOS 5203 Survival Analysis 3 BIOS 5200, EPID 5200, BIOS 5202
BIOS 5204 Statistical Computing 3 BIOS 5200, EPID 5200
    Total
12
 

Biostatistics Concentration Electives

Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2019 can choose 4 elective courses from the list below. All others choose 3. Students may also opt to choose courses from other departments to satisfy the elective requirements. 

Course Number Course Title Credits Pre-requisite Courses
BIOS 5303 Nonparametric Statistics  3
BIOS 5200, EPID 5200, BIOS
5201, BIOS 5202, BIOS 5204,
EPID 5201
BIOS 5304 Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials 3 BIOS 5200

Community Health Sciences

This program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to identify major behavioral, social, and cultural factors that impact the health of resident and immigrant individuals, their families, and their communities in urban settings. Students will work collaboratively on developing goals and strategies for modifying those factors, and on designing assessments to determine the effect of these efforts. A focus of training involves gaining an understanding of and skills needed to address issues that disproportionately impact urban and immigrant populations. Course and fieldwork target theory and methods for designing, implementing, and evaluating programs aimed at reducing the burden of major health problems.

Requirements

 

Community Health Sciences - Urban and Immigrant Health Concentration Core Requirements

All students enrolling in the Urban and Immigrant Health Concentration in or after Fall 2019 must complete the Concentration core requirements listed below. 

Course Number Course Title Credits Pre-requisite Courses
CHSC 5200 Health Behavior and Risk Reduction 3  
CHSC 5202 Issues in the Health of Immigrant Populations 3  
CHSC 5205 Urban Health Issues 3  
CHSC 5300 Introduction to Research Methods 3  
    Total
12
 

All students who enrolled in the Urban and Immigrant Health Concentration prior to Fall 2019 must complete the Concentration core requirements listed below. 

Course Number Course Title Credits Pre-requisite Courses
CHSC 5202 Issues in the Health of Immigrant Populations 3  
CHSC 5203 Sex, Gender, Race, and Ethnicity (Students who enroll prior to Fall 2019, may elect to complete CHSC 5300: Introduction to Research instead of CHSC 5203) 3  
CHSC 5205 Urban Health Issues 3  
CHSC 5206 Program Design and Evaluation (Formerly: Program Planning and Evaluation) 3  
    Total
12
 


Community Health Sciences - Urban and Immigrant Health Concentration Electives

Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2019 can choose 4 elective courses from the list below. All others choose 3. Students may also opt to choose courses from other departments to satisfy the elective requirements.

Course #

Course Title

Credits

Pre-requisite Courses

CHSC 5203

Sex, Gender, Race, and Ethnicity

3

None

CHSC 5312

Reading Seminar on the Social Determinants of Health

3

None

CHSC 5313

Public Health and Well-Being

3

CHSC 5200


Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

Environmental health science is concerned with the study of the adverse impacts of physical, chemical, and biological agents in the environment on human health. To characterize the interface between human health and the environment, it is necessary to utilize a set of tools and methods to quantify or categorize exposure. The goal of the Environmental Health Concentration of the MPH at SUNY Downstate is to introduce students to the basic tools and competencies to identify, assess, and manage environmental health problems.

Requirements

Environmental & Occupational Health Concentration Core Requirements
All students enrolled in the Environmental & Occupational Health Concentration must complete the Concentration core requirements listed below.

Course Number Course Title Credits Pre-requisite Courses
EOHS 5201 Introduction to Management, Policy and Law 3 EOHS 5200
EOHS 5202 Occupational Health 3  
EOHS 5203 Built Environment & Public Health 3  
EOHS 5205 Public Health Aspects of Physical Trauma 3  
    Total
12
 

Environmental & Occupational Health Concentration Electives

Students can choose 4 elective courses from the list below. Students may also opt to choose courses from other departments to satisfy the elective requirements.

Course Number Course Title Credits Pre-requisite Courses
EOHS 5302 Women's Health Policy: Epidemiology & the Environment 3 EOHS 5200
EOHS 5307 Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology 3 EOHS 5200, BIOS 5200, EPID 5200
EOHS 5315

Building Climate Resiliency:

Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies

3  
EOHS 5316 Climate Change and Health  
EOHS 5317 Disaster Preparedness and Vulnerable Populations 3  
EOHS 5318 Planetary  Health 3  

Epidemiology

This program will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed t o carry out epidemiologic investigations of major public health issues affecting urban and immigrant populations. Didactic training and fieldwork emphasizes skill in the planning and implementation of epidemiologic study designs; the collection and analysis of data; the interpretation and presentation of findings and discussion of public health implications.

Requirements

Epidemiology Concentration Core Requirements

All students enrolled in the Epidemiology Concentration must complete the Concentration core requirements listed below.

Course Number Course Title Credits Pre-requisite Courses
EPID 5201 Epidemiologic Research Methods 3 EPID 5200
EPID 5202 Infectious Disease Epidemiology 3 EPID 5200
EPID 5203 Chronic Disease Epidemiology 3 EPID 5200
EPID 5205 Epidemiologic Research Methods II 3 BIOS 5200, EPID 5200, EPID 5201
    Total
12
 

 

Epidemiology Concentration Electives

Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2019 can choose 4 elective courses from the list below. All others choose 3. Students may also opt to choose courses from other departments to satisfy the elective requirements.

Course Number Course Title Credits Pre-requisite Courses
EPID 5301 Reproductive Epidemiology 3 BIOS 5200, EPID 5200
EPID 5303 Nutritional Epidemiology 3 BIOS 5200, EPID 5200
EPID 5305 Epidemiology of Aging 3 BIOS 5200, EPID 5200
EPID 5308 Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology 3 BIOS 5200, EPID 5200
EPID 5311 The Epidemiology of Emerging Infectious Diseases 3 EPID 5200, EPID 5202

 


Health Policy and Management

The goal of this Concentration is to prepare students to be leaders in the area of health policy and management. The over $2 trillion spent on health care in the United States requires serious and competent stewardship. It is imperative that those who will be managers of health institutions and organizations and those who will develop and implement policy changes understand how the system came to be; how it currently operates and functions; and the likely scenarios for change in the future and their implications. This Concentration seeks to produce individuals within the field of public health who can provide leadership in health care organizations and institutions; and who can plan and evaluate management and policy strategies for health organizations and institutions.

Requirements

Health Policy and Management Concentration Core Requirements

All students enrolled in the Health Policy and Management Concentration must complete the Concentration core requirements listed below.

Course Number Course Title Credits Pre-requisite Courses
HPMG 5202 Health Care Advocacy and Politics 3 HPMG 5206
HPMG 5203 Health Management Concepts 3 HPMG 5206
HPMG 5204 Access, Cost and Quality of Care 3 HPMG 5206
HPMG 5207 Principles in Hospital Management 3 HPMG 5206
    Total
12
 

Health Policy and Management Concentration Electives

Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2019 can choose 4 elective courses from the list below. All others choose 3. Students may also opt to choose courses from other departments to satisfy the elective requirements.

Course Number Course Title Credits Pre-requisite Courses
HPMG 5306

Policy Studies in Urban and Immigrant Health

3  
HPMG 5307 Global Issues in Maternal and Child Health Policy 3 HPMG 5206
HPMG 5308 Public Health Law and Bioethics 3  
HPMG 5309 Policy Issues in Mental Illness 3  
HPMG 5311 International Healthcare Systems 3  
HPMG 5313 Healthcare Disparities and Disabilities in the US 3  
HPMG 5315 Legal Issues in Aging and Health 3  

 


Applied Practice Experience (APEx) and Culminating Experience (CE)

Applied Practice Experience - 1 credit

This course is an opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom directly in a fieldwork experience. The student will work at an approved external site, typically a local or state health agency or a local organization under the supervision of a public health professional. If a student is able to do a placement only in his or her regular place of employment, the assignment must extend beyond or be something other than his or her regular work duties and allow application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. This course is graded as PASS/FAIL. Students should plan to regsiter for this course in the semester in which they intend to complete it.

Course Number Course Title Credits Pre-requisite Courses
PUBH 6500 Applied Practice Experience 1 All Core Courses

 

 

Culminating Experience - 2 credits

The Culminating Experience allows the student to demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge and skills of the 5 core disciplines in a Final Project similar to some aspect of practice as a public health professional. The faculty uses the Culminating Experience to judge whether the student demonstrates mastery of the required MPH competencies. This course is grades as PASS/FAIL.

All MPH students must complete a Culminating Experience within their chosen concentration.

Details

Culminating Experience 2 credits

Course Number Course Title Credits Pre-requisite Courses
BIOS 6001 Culminating Experience in Biostatistics 2 All Core and BIOS Concentration Courses
CHSC 6001 Culminating Experience in Community Health Sciences 2 All Core and CHSC Concentration Courses
EOHS 6001 Culminating Experience in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences 2 All Core and EOHS Concentration Courses
EPID 6001 Culminating Experience in Epidemiology 2 All Core and EPID Concentration Courses
HPMG 6001 Culminating Experience in Health Policy and Management 2 All Core and HPMG Concentration Courses

Course Descriptions

Master of Public Health Course Descriptions

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MPH Core Requirements

All students for an MPH must complete fifteen (15) credits of core requirements, which provide the basic knowledge in major areas of public health. In addition to 15 core credits, all MPH students are required to complete a one (1) credit Applied Practice Experience, two (2) credits of the Culminating Experience, and twelve (12) credits of electives.

Required MPH Core Courses

18 credits - For students enrolling in or after Fall 2019

BIOS 5200: Principles of Biostatistics (3) ↓

Introduction to statistical methods in public health. The course will cover descriptive statistics, probability concepts, and estimation of parameters, hypothesis testing, simple linear regression, correlation, and analysis of attribute data.

CHSC 5206: Program Design and Evaluation (3)

This course provides students with a foundation in program design and evaluation of health promotion strategies in urban, hard to reach populations. Students will work on an existing NYC public health intervention as a case study of how program design and evaluation is approached in the real-world. The course begins with a strong emphasis on the development of a logic model which serves as a unifying language for evaluators, program managers and stakeholders alike. Then, students will learn how to identify and critically apply behavioral/social scientific theory and evidence-based approaches to all phases of program design and evaluation. At conclusion, students will be able to articulate the importance of and a framework for examining program sustainability and translation. Students will acquire key public health foundational competencies that they can build upon to effectively address the urban health challenges of today.

EOHS 5200: Issues in Environmental Health (3)

Major environmental health issues. The course addresses public health issues in the management of water quality, wastewater, occupational health, trace elements, municipal and hazardous waste, vector control and air quality.

EPID 5200: Principles of Epidemiology (3)

Epidemiology is the study of patterns of disease in human populations and the application of this study to the control of health problems. Epidemiology forms the backbone of public health. You will need to have a strong understanding of the basic principles of this discipline to be able to read and understand published public health literature. Epidemiology helps biomedical and public health researchers understand whether their findings are real or due to chance alone. This course will provide you with the basic epidemiologic tools needed to conduct population-based health research.

HPMG 5206: Introduction to Health Policy and Management (3)

This course uses a multi-disciplinary approach to policy and management in both the healthcare and the public health systems. Students will learn the organization, financing, and delivery of services within these systems as well as their legal and ethical bases. Students will also develop skills in program planning, development, budgeting, and evaluation; in strategic planning; in ensuring community health safety and preparedness; and in quality improvement initiatives. A central theme of the course is the accessibility and outcomes of care for urban and immigrant populations.

PUBH 5201: Public Health Leadership in Interprofessional Practice (3)

The course will provide students with the tools needed to be successful public health practitioners in a variety of settings: departments of health, academic research, non-profit and community-based organizations.

Students will gain the ability to discuss and clarify each profession’s scope of practice and roles of each interprofessional team member. Leadership skills will be taught and reinforced through group interaction exercises and presentations.

 

15 credits - For students who enrolled prior to Fall 2019

BIOS 5200: Principles of Biostatistics (3) ↓

Introduction to statistical methods in public health. The course will cover descriptive statistics, probability concepts, and estimation of parameters, hypothesis testing, simple linear regression, correlation, and analysis of attribute data.

CHSC 5200: Health Behavior and Risk Reduction (3)

An introduction to the concepts, theories, and status of research in health promotion and disease prevention, with an emphasis on methods employed to modify group and individual health-related behaviors. This course examines methods of ascertaining health behaviors, the design and interpretation of behavioral intervention programs to modify behaviors, and current trends in the study of how lifestyle and preventive health practices impact on public health.

EOHS 5200: Issues in Environmental Health (3)

Major environmental health issues. The course addresses public health issues in the management of water quality, wastewater, occupational health, trace elements, municipal and hazardous waste, vector control and air quality.

EPID 5200: Principles of Epidemiology (3)

Epidemiology is the study of patterns of disease in human populations and the application of this study to the control of health problems. Epidemiology forms the backbone of public health. You will need to have a strong understanding of the basic principles of this discipline to be able to read and understand published public health literature. Epidemiology helps biomedical and public health researchers understand whether their findings are real or due to chance alone. This course will provide you with the basic epidemiologic tools needed to conduct population-based health research.

HPMG 5206: Introduction to Health Policy and Management (3)

This course uses a multi-disciplinary approach to policy and management in both the healthcare and the public health systems. Students will learn the organization, financing, and delivery of services within these systems as well as their legal and ethical bases. Students will also develop skills in program planning, development, budgeting, and evaluation; in strategic planning; in ensuring community health safety and preparedness; and in quality improvement initiatives. A central theme of the course is the accessibility and outcomes of care for urban and immigrant populations.

Biostatistics Concentration Core Requirements (12 credits)

BIOS 5201: Categorical Data Analysis (3)

Building on the preceding course teaching the linear model, this course teaches the generalized linear model (GLM) as applied to epidemiology, public health, and medicine. The linear model assumes that the outcome variable has a normal distribution, but the generalized linear model allows other probability distributions. Students will learn common GLMs for the analysis of data with binary, binomial, count, and multinomial outcomes; methods for overdispersed data; multilevel data with varying slopes and/or varying intercepts; longitudinal data with repeated measures; non-parametric smoothing methods and generalized additive models; Bayesian models; and tree-based models.
Prerequisite: BIOS 5200, EPID 5200, BIOS 5202

BIOS 5202: Applied Regression Analysis (3)

Overview of common regression models used for biostatistical analysis; model choice, interpretation of output; discussion of common pitfalls.
Prerequisites: BIOS 5200, EPID 5200

BIOS 5203: Survival Analysis (3)

This course covers the basic theoretical aspects and applications of various models to analyze "time to event" data. Basic concepts such as the survival function, hazard function, right and interval censoring, and common nonparametric and parametric methods and models for analyzing survival data will be covered. The proportional hazards (PH) model with fixed and time dependent covariates, the stratified PH model, sample size calculations, and regression diagnostics for survival models will also be covered.
Prerequisites: BIOS 5200, EPID 5200, BIOS 5202

BIOS 5204: Statistical Computing (3)

This course will give students a working knowledge of two statistical analysis software packages, SAS and SPSS. Emphasis will be placed on the basics of data management of files, data manipulation, basic data display, graphical display of data and statistical analysis. Although the Windows environment will be discussed, emphasis will be placed on the writing of program code.
Prerequisites: BIOS 5200, EPID 5200.

Biostatistics Concentration Elective Courses (12 credits for those who enrolled prior to Fall 2019. 9 credits for all others.)

Students can choose elective courses from the list below. Students may also opt to choose courses from other departments to satisfy the elective requirements. 

BIOS 5303: Nonparametric Statistics (3)

This course covers a survey of topics related to distribution-free approaches to statistical inference.

Topics will include: Fisher's method of randomization; distribution free test procedures for means, variances, correlations, and trends; and rank tests. Relative efficiency, asymptotic relative efficiency and normal-score procedures will be covered. Binomial and hypergeometric distributions are covered to develop a variety of test and interval estimation procedures.

Prerequisites: BIOS 5200, EPID 5200, BIOS 5201, BIOS 5202, BIOS 5204, EPID 5201.

BIOS 5304: Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials (3)

The course will cover the clinical trial process from design and conduct through statistical analysis, clinical study report, and submission to regulatory agencies.
Prerequisites: BIOS 5200.

Community Health Sciences (Urban & Immigrant Health) Concentration Core Courses (12 credits)

Students enrolling in or after Fall 2019 must complete the following courses for the Community Health Sciences Concentration:

CHSC 5200: Health Behavior and Risk Reduction (3)

An introduction to the concepts, theories, and status of research in health promotion and disease prevention, with an emphasis on methods employed to modify group and individual health-related behaviors. This course examines methods of ascertaining health behaviors, the design and interpretation of behavioral intervention programs to modify behaviors, and current trends in the study of how lifestyle and preventive health practices impact on public health.

CHSC 5202: Issues in the Health of Immigrant Populations (3)

Emigration from another country can have important effects on the health of the émigré. The demographic, scientific, clinical, economic, social, political, ethical, and legal factors of the country of origin interact with those of the new country.

They are manifest in different ways in the health of immigrants – new and old. This course will consider these and other related public health issues across the lifespan.

CHSC 5205: Urban Health Issues (3)

The goal of this course is to prepare public health professionals to analyze and intervene in urban health issues. The course explores the health of urban populations around the world, with a special focus on New York City, from historical, economic, social, spatial, and medical perspectives. Key concepts include social capital, social cohesion, social hierarchies, social networks, public health infrastructure, healthy neighborhoods, health disparities, globalization, and micro-geographic analysis. Each semester the class will explore three health topics in depth and will organize a neighborhood mini-conference on one of these topics in collaboration with local stakeholders. In addition, each student will perform weekly analyses of his/her neighborhood of residence and periodic analyses of the neighborhood surrounding SUNY-Downstate.

CHSC 5300: Introduction to Research Methods (3)

This course is an introduction to the philosophy, goals and methods of research, particularly in community health sciences.  Whether your task is to describe a problem, inform the develop of an intervention, or conduct an evaluation, the principles of research are the same.  The course is intended for students who plan to design a proposal or research project.  Students will be able to select the best method and design for their research project, develop a plan for data collection and analysis, and prepare and develop a strategy for presenting their research proposal to different audiences.

 

Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2019 must complete the following courses for the Community Health Sciences Concentration:

CHSC 5202: Issues in the Health of Immigrant Populations (3)

Emigration from another country can have important effects on the health of the émigré. The demographic, scientific, clinical, economic, social, political, ethical, and legal factors of the country of origin interact with those of the new country. They are manifest in different ways in the health of immigrants – new and old. This course will consider these and other related public health issues across the lifespan.

CHSC 5203: Sex, Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in Health (3)

(Students who enroll prior to Fall 2019, may elect to complete CHSC 5300: Introduction to Research instead of CHSC 5203)

The health and well being of human beings have been under intense scrutiny and involved important changes during the 20th century. Gender and racial/ethnic inequities are being addressed and gaps in knowledge narrowing. These changes involve multiple factors. This course considers many of those factors as they interact with demographic, scientific, clinical, economic, social, political, ethical, and legal issues.

CHSC 5205: Urban Health Issues (3)

The goal of this course is to prepare public health professionals to analyze and intervene in urban health issues. The course explores the health of urban populations around the world, with a special focus on New York City, from historical, economic, social, spatial, and medical perspectives. Key concepts include social capital, social cohesion, social hierarchies, social networks, public health infrastructure, healthy neighborhoods, health disparities, globalization, and micro-geographic analysis. Each semester the class will explore three health topics in depth and will organize a neighborhood mini-conference on one of these topics in collaboration with local stakeholders. In addition, each student will perform weekly analyses of his/her neighborhood of residence and periodic analyses of the neighborhood surrounding SUNY-Downstate.

CHSC 5206: Program Design and Evaluation (Formerly: Program Planning and Evaluation) (3)

Community-based programs that are designed to change health-related behaviors comprise the vast majority of the public health efforts to reduce the morbidity and mortality in populations. This course covers the life stage of community-based programs from inception, implementation, and sustainability. The course applies the theoretical concepts from the social and behavioral sciences, health education, and health communication to the planning, design, and evaluation of community-based interventions. A program-planning framework provides the methodology to examine social and behavioral determinants of health and to identify appropriate intervention and evaluation design. Characteristics of theory-based interventions are discussed, critiqued, and assessed for relevance to the needs of the students who will have the opportunity to apply these ideas to their own work.

 

Community Health Sciences (Urban & Immigrant Health) Concentration Elective Courses (12 credits for those who enrolled prior to Fall 2019. 9 credits for all others.)

Students can choose elective courses from the list below. Students may also opt to choose courses from other departments to satisfy the elective requirements. 

 

CHSC 5300: Introduction to Research (3)

Basics for participating in the development, implementation, and evaluation of research studies in public health, particularly health-care delivery. Each student will be expected to develop and present a research proposal.
Prerequisites: BIOS 5200, EPID 520.

 

CHSC 5312: Reading Seminar on the Social Determinants of Health (3)

The social, economic, political, and physical conditions in which we live have an enormous impact on public health.  These conditions, which are called the social determinants of health, include distribution of power and resources within and across populations, and account for enormous health disparities domestically and globally.  In this course, we will engage in an in-depth exploration of the social determinants of health through the critical reading and analysis of books that focus on one or more of these determinants, and will discuss how public health efforts can be leveraged to improve those social conditions that impact health and quality of life.

CHSC 5313: Public Health and Well-Being (3)

The World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. Policy makers, behavioral economists, public health professionals, health care experts, and others have begun to expand their focus on approaches to reducing illness and suffering to include how best to promote and support thriving and resilient communities, characterized by high levels of subjective well-being. In this course, we will explore how factors such as resilience, positive affect, optimism, coping style, and social functioning are linked to individual and public health, how features of the social environment and culture impact these characteristics, and how public health professionals can contribute to the design and implementation of interventions at the individual, interpersonal, community, and policy levels in support of health promotion and overall well-being.

Prerequisites: CHSC 5200.  

Environmental And Occupational Health Sciences Required Concentration Core Courses (12 credits)

EOHS 5201: Introduction to Management, Policy and Law (3)

An overview of the history and current application of laws and rules used to protect the environment. This course is oriented towards United States federal legislation, as well as examples from New York State law. The evolution of specific acts including Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Clean Air Act (CAA) and Clean Water Act (CWA), the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) will be covered. International environmental health laws, including Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), the European toxic substances control initiative, will be included. Emphasis will be placed on viewing environmental and occupational health law from an environmental justice perspective and examining the role of equity in environmental planning, policy-making, decision-making and in the distribution of environmental burdens and benefits.

Prerequisites: EOHS 5200.

EOHS 5202: Occupational Health (3)

Surveys the history of occupational health, the continuum from exposure to disease, the hierarchy of controls in the workplace, occupational health hazards, legal and regulatory issues, provision of occupational health services, and methods in comprehensive workplace health improvement.

EOHS 5203: Built Environment & Public Health (3)

Explores basic concepts of toxicology as applied to environmental toxicants including the distribution, metabolism, and elimination of environmental chemicals in the body. Examines the application of these concepts to the understanding of disease processes resulting from adverse environmental exposures.

EOHS 5205: Public Health Aspects of Physical Trauma (3)

Examination of injury and violence as seen in urban settings. The course is designed to incorporate models into practical application in communities using case examples.

Environmental And Occupational Health Sciences Concentration Electives (12 credits for those who enrolled prior to Fall 2019. 9 credits for all others.)

Students can choose elective courses from the list below. Students may also opt to choose courses from other departments to satisfy the elective requirements.

EOHS 5302: Women's Health Policy: Epidemiology and the Environment (3)

This course will identify key indicators of women's health and women's health needs utilizing both environmental health sciences and health policy perspectives. Current and historical examples will highlight how health. Needs, medical practice and policies have evolved over time.
Prerequisites: EOHS 5200.

 

EOHS 5307: Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology (3)

This course provides an overview of current topics and controversies in occupational and environmental epidemiology. It will provide the student with familiarity with research techniques in this area, and capacity to evaluate current research relevant to public health practice and policy. The course is structured as a seminar, with discussion of research topics and techniques based upon analysis of published papers in the field, both historical and current. Guidance will be provided and students will be expected to produce increasingly sophisticated critiques of research as the course progresses.
Prerequisites: EOHS 5200, BIOS 5200, EPID 5200.

 

EOHS 5315: Building Climate Resiliency: Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies (3)

This course will explore concepts in climate change resiliency to address the major health and environmental implications of climate change.  Community-specific strategies for mitigation and adaption will be presented.  Students will engage with a series of case studies around the topics of planning and action for climate resiliency.  Major topics will include assessment and response to heat stress, flooding, vector-borne disease risks, infectious disease (e.g., COVID-19) and urban planning and preparedness.  A systems approach to evaluation and management will help guide interventions for population adaption to a changing climate. Vulnerable populations to be included in case studies include urban immigrants, women and children, the elderly, workers, and those chronically ill, disabled, or mentally challenged, including populations in New York City, in the US and abroad.  The course will also provide a practical approach to conducting vulnerability and risk assessments, and students will be introduced to a range of tools to respond to climate-related health impacts with examples of how the health sector has become more resilient, as well as potential mitigation efforts and activities that could be used in the future.

 

EOHS 5316: Climate Change and Health (3)

This course will explore the major implications of climate change for human health. Students will develop skills to understand climate predictions, estimate potential health impacts, identify vulnerable populations, and evaluate interventions to help populations adapt to a changing climate. We will explore the various vulnerable populations anticipated to be affected by climate change including but not limited to: outdoor workers and the home-bound, children and the elderly, populations here in New York, the US and abroad. We will examine the health challenges of climate change from the perspective of many of these stakeholders. We will also emphasize a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing climate health challenges. The course will also provide a practical approach to conducting vulnerability and risk assessments, and students will be introduced to a range of skills to respond to climate-related health impacts with examples of how the health sector has become more resilient, as well as potential mitigation efforts and activities that could be used in the future.

 

EOHS 5317: Disaster Preparedness and Vulnerable Populations (3)

Provides a framework for the critical evaluation and management of current environmental health issues related to disaster management.  Topics include disaster preparedness and response to such threats as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, climate change, infectious disease (e.g., COVID-19), toxic spills, explosions, and terrorist attacks. Students will be prepared for collaborative, multi-sectorial response by learning the principles of risk assessment, modern surveillance techniques, planning, preparation, public education, incident command, and mitigation through a series of case studies. The legal, ethical and financial aspects of disaster preparedness and response will receive special attention, as well as the role of social media in preparedness and response.

EOHS 5318: Planetary Health

This course will provide an introduction to the emerging and multi-disciplinary field of planetary health which encompasses the study of human activity and its impacts on the planet and implications for public health.  Students will develop skills to identify and evaluate Anthropogenic activities and estimate the potential health impacts these activities have, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations across the globe.  Students will become familiar with key indicators of human impacts across the lifespan related to planetary health. Students will identify sources to obtain data on surveillance to track impacts and to formulate strategies for policy and behavior change to mitigate impacts.

 

Epidemiology Concentration Required Core Courses (12 credits)

EPID 5201: Epidemiologic Research Methods (3)

Students in this course will learn to identify and distinguish common research designs used in epidemiology, including cross-sectional studies, case-control studies, prospective and retrospective cohort studies, quasi-experiments and natural experiments, and randomized controlled trials. Students will also learn to distinguish between individual-level data and ecological data. Students will learn to calculate measures of association and excess and attributable risk. Students will evaluate the internal and external validities of published peer-reviewed studies, and apply the epidemiological theories of causal inference. Students will learn how to identify suitable datasets for answering specific research questions and to navigate the codebooks for real datasets. Students will learn to evaluate the adherence of epidemiology studies to the ethical principles of human subjects research. Wherever possible, this course will use examples of studies of urban and immigrant health, including health disparities and asset-based approaches to health.
Prerequisites: BIOS 5200, EPID 5200.

EPID 5202: Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3)

The objectives of this course are to cover the two broad components of infectious disease epidemiology: 1) the epidemiologic methods applied to investigating infectious disease distribution and etiology, and 2) a review of the infectious diseases of major public health significance. Outbreak investigation, disease surveillance, study design, geographical information systems, the microbiology of pathogens, and an introduction to concepts in mathematical modeling in infectious disease will comprise the first component of the course. A thorough description of the epidemiology, etiology, and prevention, treatment and control of significant established and emerging infectious diseases will comprise the second component of the course. By the end of this course students should have a thorough understanding of the both the practice of infectious disease epidemiology and the current and emerging global burden of infectious disease.
Prerequisites: EPID 5200.

EPID 5203: Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3)

This course will provide students with an overview of the epidemiology of the most common chronic diseases and conditions in the United States. It will focus on the measurement of chronic disease outcomes and risk factors, epidemiologic study design for chronic disease, and the critical evaluation of published literature on epidemiologic studies of chronic disease.

Prerequisites: EPID 5200.

EPID 5205: Epidemiologic Research Methods II (3)

This course teaches students to apply epidemiology methodology to original research using observational data, following the introduction to epidemiologic concepts in EPID 5200 and the intermediate methods covered in EPID 5201. Preliminary to using data, students will learn to clean and manage datasets in a statistical package.  Students will apply statistical methods to binary outcomes including the linear probability model, logistic regression for rare binary outcomes, and Poisson or negative binomial regression for common binary outcomes.  Students will also apply linear regression for continuous outcomes, logistic regression for binomial outcomes, and Poisson regression for count outcomes. Students will also analyze data from complex survey designs that include stratification, clustering, unequal probabilities of selection, and post-stratification weights. Students will learn how to use longitudinal data for temporal ordering. Students will learn to communicate the results of peer-reviewed papers using research designs and statistical methods that may permit causal inference, including randomized experiments; propensity score matching methods including Mahalanobis matching and full matching; and quasi-experimental methods including instrumental variable analysis, regression discontinuity, interrupted time-series, and differences-in-differences. 
Prerequisites: BIOS 5200, EPID 5200, EPID 5201.

Epidemiology Elective Courses (12 credits for those who enrolled prior to Fall 2019. 9 credits for all others.)

Students can choose elective courses from the list below. Students may also opt to choose courses from other departments to satisfy the elective requirements. 

EPID 5301: Reproductive Epidemiology (3)

This course explores the nature and determinants of ill-health in pregnant women and babies, and to demonstrate the contribution of epidemiologic methods to problem identification and to the design and evaluation of strategies to improve maternal and child health. Topics of discussion include disparities between various population groups, contraception, menstruation, fertility, abortion, menopause, and maternal morbidity and mortality. Discussion of contemporary issues in safe motherhood and perinatal health in developing countries will also be provided throughout the course.
Prerequisites: BIOS 5200, EPID 5200.

EPID 5303: Nutritional Epidemiology (3)

This course applies epidemiologic methods and principles to current studies of diet, nutrition and chronic disease. Students will gain expertise in understanding the current state of knowledge on the relationship between nutrition and disease including the role of co-factors. Strengths and weaknesses of the methods available to assess exposure in nutritional epidemiologic studies will be presented as students will be asked to critically evaluate epidemiologic evidence on diet-disease relationships. Other topics to be covered include: evaluation of methods to prevent nutrition-related diseases through strategies aimed at promoting population based dietary change, identification, summarization and interpretation of a range of materials relevant to the specification of priority nutrition problems in a given population; discussion of the constraints involved in program implementation; presentation of a proposal for a nutrition intervention orally and in summary written form.
Prerequisites: BIOS 5200, EPID 5200.

EPID 5305: Epidemiology of Aging (3)

This course will prepare students to effectively study health characteristics of the rapidly increasing population of older adults in the United States. Some of the topics covered will include changes in national and international age and lifespan demographics; theories of aging; the limits of the human lifespan and life-extension efforts; the interrelation of aging, health, and the environment; measurement of survival, mortality, and cause of death; measurement of physical functioning and activities of daily living; age- and disease-related changes in cognitive functioning; depression in older adults; injury (falls, driving accidents); the influence of age on disease and how to account for the age effects in the study of disease; health, frailty, and “successful” aging. Students will examine methods for conducting epidemiological studies in older populations and the implications of an aging society on public health practice.
Prerequisites: BIOS 5200, EPID 5200.

 

EPID 5308: Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology

Reproductive and perinatal epidemiology is a profoundly important aspect of public health. Both the reproductive and perinatal time periods set the pace not only for immediate birth outcomes, but also health over the life span. This reproductive and perinatal epidemiology course covers broad reproductive and perinatal health issues from thepre-conception, prenatal, delivery and post-natal periods and emphasizes health issues affecting both women and infants. Topics of discussion includedisparities between various population groups, male and female fertility, fetal growth, maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, study designs and causal inference.

Prerequisites: BIOS 5200, EPID 5200.

 

EPID 5311: The Epidemiology of Emerging Infectious Diseases (3)

This course explores the landscapes of emerging infectious diseases in several varied geographies and ecologies. We first explore the biologic, ecologic, physical, and social concepts of emerging and re-emerging infections. We then identify and apply methodology relevant to the surveillance and investigation of such infections. Several case studies of emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases will be used to develop techniques for applied infectious disease epidemiology specific to the unique context of these emergent infections. Some examples may include dengue fever, Lyme disease, West Nile virus, pandemic influenza, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), hemorrhagic fevers, Henipavirus infections, and measles. All techniques are grounded in a landscape epidemiology approach to infectious disease, which recognizes spatial and ecologic parameters as critical to the etiologic understanding of these important diseases. The relationships between humans and the environment, humans and animals (both wild and domestic), and humans and humans, will be explored in both urban and rural contexts to identify critical epidemiologic features that can be exploited by pathogens to cause disease.

Prerequisites: EPID 5200, EPID 5202

Health Policy And Management Concentration Required Core Courses (12 credits)

HPMG 5202: Health Care Advocacy and Politics (3)

This course will review basic legal and legislative processes at both state and federal levels. Students will learn how changes are made in the health system and ways of abetting change.

Prerequisite: HPMG 5206.

HPMG 5203: Health Management Concepts (3)

Basic concepts of management and organization behavior will be explored in this course. The role of management in complex organizations and the ways in which organizations change will be discussed. Students will learn how to relate to supervisors and staff and how to encourage optimal working conditions.

Prerequisite: HPMG 5206.

HPMG 5204: Access, Cost and Quality of Care (3)

This course will look in detail at the U.S. Health care system in terms of its major components, their interactions, and how to best effect positive change that will improve health and health care services for the population.

Prerequisite: HPMG 5206.

HPMG 5207: Principles in Hospital Management (3)

This course helps prepare a student for potential leadership positions in hospitals and other healthcare settings. It explores in depth a range of practical topics including governance, legal and ethical issues, risk management, quality management, accreditation, licensing, marketing, financial management, regulatory compliance, strategic planning, departmental roles and the migration of services to ambulatory settings. Case studies, team exercises, and interviews with organizational leaders form the framework of the course.

Prerequisite: HPMG 5206.

Health Policy And Management Concentration Elective Courses (12 credits for those who enrolled prior to Fall 2019. 9 credits for all others.)

Students can choose elective courses from the list below. Students may also opt to choose courses from other departments to satisfy the elective requirements.

 

HPMG 5306: Policy Studies in Urban and  Immigrant Health (3)

This course will explore from a public health perspective the range of policies that affect specific vulnerable groups.   This approach exemplifies a core aspect of Principles of the Ethical Practice of Public Health:

Public health should advocate and work for the empowerment of disenfranchised community members, aiming to ensure that the basic resources and conditions necessary for health are accessible to all. 

Part of this hybrid course will take place asynchronously on-line.   Each semester it will focus on three or four groups, which may vary over time.  Examples may include injured veterans, undocumented immigrants, youth gangs, refugees, sex workers, or persons with chronic mental illness.  A multidisciplinary faculty will explore with students the relevant policy issues and the potential public health responses.  Students will complete a service-learning project in collaboration with members of one of the groups studied.

No prerequisite.  Open to non-matriculated students with instructor's approval.

HPMG 5307: Global Issues in Maternal and Child Health Policy (3)

This course helps prepare the student for a public health career to improve maternal and child health globally or locally.  Part of this hybrid course will take place asynchronously on-line.  Case studies from around the world will be the basis for critical analysis of current policies and of the evidence base for successful interventions.   Typical issues for study include maternal mortality, contraception, safe abortion, female genital cutting, child survival, stillbirths, refugee populations, birth outcomes among immigrants to the US, sex trafficking, and toxic environmental exposures to women and children.  All students will participate in a service-learning project related to the course content.

Prerequisite: HPMG 5206.

HPMG 5308: Public Health Law and Bioethics (3)

This course explores the basic tenets of bioethics along with basic principles of laws pertaining to public health. Practical applications of these foundational principles will be explored and demonstrated using actual cases, real-life scenarios requiring critical thinking and other assignments which call upon a student’s ability to balance established rules and accepted practices with their personal opinions. Throughout the course distinctions will be made between health law and public health law and the relevance to various professional practices will be delineated. Contemporary challenges in health care and public health delivery, especially in urban settings that address immigrant issues, will be emphasized. The students will emerge from the course with a better understanding of the legal milieu in which we must function. Students also will be better prepared to enter public health-related practice with a basic understanding of bioethical principles relevant to contemporary challenges in public health and health care practice.
No prerequisite. Open to non-matriculated students with instructor's approval.

HPMG 5309: Policy Issues in Mental Illness (3)

This entirely on-line and asynchronous course over a semester prepares the student to participate as a public health professional in analysis and advocacy for effective public health policies on the major mental illnesses globally:  schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression.  The course emphasizes current scientific understanding of these disorders within a social-ecological framework.  The class analyzes past and current federal and state laws on treatment, income support, and criminal justice involving the mentally ill in terms of effectiveness and social justice.  A special focus of the class is policy implications for urban and immigrant populations.  The class also compares U.S. practices with emerging global health models of best practices.

 

HPMG 5311: International Healthcare Systems (3)

The goal of this course is to compare and consider the different aspects of international health care systems  The course will examine health care, financing, organization, governance, coordination, disparities, and practice. 
 
At the conclusion of the course, you should be able to:


* Identify the main components and issues of each organization, financing, and delivery of health services in the particular country
* Discuss the policy process for each system and compare it with selected others
* Identify key factors and their impact on the different health care systems
* Evaluate and compare the key aspects of each system

 

HPMG 5313: Healthcare Disparities and Disabilities in the United States (3)

The goal of this course is to broaden and deepen students’ understanding of the range, causes, and consequences of specific health disparities in the United States, specifically persons with disabilities.  This knowledge is a foundation for working to minimize the inherent injustices these individual face.  The course includes study of public health ethics, current economic and health data, case scenarios, and policy proposals. The course emphasizes empowerment of members of affected communities, for example, through collaboration in a campus-community conference developed by students and faculty of this course.

 

HPMG 5315: Legal Issues in Aging and Health (3)

This course focuses on the unique concerns of older adults in low-income, immigrant, and minority populations in the U.S. health care system. It focuses on the policy implications of eligibility requirements, covered services, and out-of-pocket costs in the Medicare and Medicaid health insurance programs, the key public payers of health care. Students will explore case studies of contemporary legal, policy, and regulatory challenges impacting the aging population. In addition, students will research and write a health policy analysis of a current issue affecting older adults.

Applied Practice And Culminating Experience

All MPH students must complete a Applied Practice Experience and a Culminating Experience.

PUBH 6500: Applied Practice Experience (1)

This course is an opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom directly in a fieldwork experience. After completion of an online module on professionalism, the student will work at an approved external site, typically a local or state health agency or a local organization under the supervision of a public health professional. If a student is able to do a placement only in his or her regular place of employment, the assignment must extend beyond or be something other than his or her regular work duties and allow application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.

Prerequisite: All core courses.

 

Culminating Experience:

All MPH students must complete a Culminating Experience within their chosen concentration.

BIOS 6001: Culminating Experience in Biostatistics (2)

The Culminating Experience in Biostatistics allows the student to demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge and skills in a Final Project similar to some aspect of practice as a public health professional. The faculty uses the Culminating Experience to judge whether the student demonstrates proficiency in the competencies required for public health practice.
Prerequisites: All CORE and BIOS Track Courses.

CHSC 6001: Culminating Experience in Community Health Sciences (2)

The Culminating Experience in Community Health Sciences allows the student to demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge and skills in a Final Project similar to some aspect of practice as a public health professional. The faculty uses the Culminating Experience to judge whether the student demonstrates proficiency in the competencies required for public health practice.
Prerequisites: All CORE and CHSC Track Courses.

EOHS 6001: Culminating Experience in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (2)

The Culminating Experience in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences allows the student to demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge and skills in a Final Project similar to some aspect of practice as a public health professional. The faculty uses the Culminating Experience to judge whether the student demonstrates proficiency in the competencies required for public health practice.
Prerequisites: All CORE and EOHS Track Courses.

EPID 6001: Culminating Experience in Epidemiology (2)

The Culminating Experience in Epidemiology allows the student to demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge and skills in a Final Project similar to some aspect of practice as a public health professional. The faculty uses the Culminating Experience to judge whether the student demonstrates proficiency in the competencies required for public health practice.
Prerequisites: All CORE and EPID Track Courses.

HPMG 6001: Culminating Experience in Health Policy and Management (2)

The Culminating Experience in Health Policy and Management allows the student to demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge and skills in a Final Project similar to some aspect of practice as a public health professional. The faculty uses the Culminating Experience to judge whether the student demonstrates proficiency in the competencies required for public health practice.
Prerequisites: All CORE and EPID Track Courses.


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