Online Master of Public Health Curriculum

Benedictine's online MPH degree program gives you the tools to help others as you advance your career in the health profession. You will become knowledgeable in the most significant and timely topics pertaining to the health care industry with a comprehensive foundation of core courses combined with electives that delve into specific issues affecting health care today. The core courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, management, policy, behavioral and social aspects of public health, environmental health and biology prepare you to be a skilled public health practitioner by providing a scientific and practical context for learning the essential information and key perspectives in the health care arena.

You can explore health care topics in greater depth and detail with elective classes that focus on your specific areas of interest such as health education, finance, law, marketing and information technology. You also will gain hands-on experience in a required internship opportunity that enables you to apply the theories and ideas learned in the classroom.

You may decide to fast-track your career advancement in health care by earning a certificate in conjunction with your public health degree:

The MPH program requires 66 credits—54 credits of foundation courses and an internship, plus 12 hours of electives. (Students who choose to complete the Emergency Preparedness Certificate in concert with the MPH will complete 70 credits of coursework.)

Foundation Courses (54 credits)

MPH 602 Public Health System 4 credits
MPH 511 Biostatistics 4 credits
MPH 604 Epidemiology 4 credits
MPH 610 Health Policy 4 credits
MPH 603 Public Health Ethics 4 credits
MPH 601 Behavioral and Social Aspects of Public Health 4 credits
MPH 605 Environmental Health 4 credits
MPH 606 Methods of Research in Public Health 4 credits
MPH 609 Cultural Context of Health 4 credits
MPH 611 Biological Aspect of Public Health 4 credits
MPH 662 Management of Health Services Organizations 4 credits
MPH 607 Community Health Analysis 4 credits
MPH 690 Internship 6 credits

Emergency Preparedness Certificate (16 credits)

MPH 650 Emergency Preparedness in Public Health 4 credits
MPH 654 Psychology and Sociology of Disasters 4 credits
MPH 656 Emergency Response and Recovery 4 credits
MPH 657 Disaster Management in Public Health 4 credits

Health Education & Promotion Certificate (16 credits)
Complete three foundation courses and one elective

MPH 601 Behavioral and Social Aspects of Public Health* 4 credits
MPH 609 Cultural Context of Health* 4 credits
MPH 632 Public Health Education Methods 4 credits
MPH 664 Marketing of Public Health 4 credits
MPH 688 Media, Technology and Public Health (Elective) 4 credits
MPH 634 Public Health Education Programs and Skills (CHES) 4 credits

Health Management & Policy Certificate (16 credits) 
Complete three foundation courses and one elective

MPH 602 Public Health System* 4 credits
MPH 610 Health Policy* 4 credits
MPH 662 Management of Health Services Organizations* 4 credits
MPH 664 Marketing of Public Health 4 credits
MPH 680 The Business of Healthcare (Elective) 4 credits

Epidemiology Certificate (16 credits)
Complete three courses and one elective

MPH 511 Biostatistics* 4 credits
MPH 604 Epidemiology* 4 credits
MPH 606 Methods of Research in Public Health* 4 credits
MPH 696 Applied Epidemiology 4 credits

*Included in Master’s program core courses

Master of Public Health Program Course Descriptions

MPH 602 Public Health Systems
Explores the history, basic structures and operations of public health and health care delivery systems based on Essential Public Health Services.

MPH 511 Biostatistics
Applies statistical reasoning and methods in addressing, analyzing, and solving problems in public health, healthcare, and biomedical, clinical, and population-based research.  Prerequisite: Algebra or equivalent.

MPH 604 Epidemiology
Studies the patterns of disease and injury in human populations and applies findings to the control of health problems using Excel and PASW (formerly SPSS) statistical software.

MPH 610 Health Policy
Addresses the development and advocacy processes for public health policies; provides tools for policy analysis; and application to important public health issues.

MPH 603 Public Health Ethics
Applies basic principles of ethical analysis (e.g. Public Health Code of Ethics, human rights framework, other moral theories) to issues of public health practice and policy.

MPH 601 Behavioral and Social Aspects of Public Health
Addresses behavioral and social factors and theories related to individual and population health.

MPH 605 Environmental Health
Studies environmental factors including biological, physical, and chemical factors that affect the health of the community.

MPH 606 Methods of Research in Public Health
Explores research design, collection and reporting of data, interpretation of findings, inferential procedures and current public health research.  Prerequisites: MPH 511 and MPH 604 Department Consent Required.

MPH 609 Cultural Context of Health
Addresses cultural factors related to individual and population health and health disparities over the life course.

MPH 611 Biological Aspects of Public Health
Explores the biological and molecular context of public health and its incorporation into public health practice and articulates how biological, chemical and physical agents affect human health.

MPH 662 Management of Health Services Organizations
Explores basic management principles and practical tools for health management professionals in a variety of public health and health care organizations.

MPH 607 Community Health Analysis
Demonstrates the collection of data on and setting priorities for improving the health of a defined population.  It involves field work and utilization of research skills. This culminating experience requires the synthesis and integration of knowledge from previous coursework. Prerequisites: MPH 511, MPH 604 and MPH 606 Department Consent Required.

MPH 690 Internship
During the internship, students will demonstrate skills and competencies learned in the MPH program in a practical, supervised experience in a health-related agency. The purpose of the internship is to provide experiential learning and the opportunity to explore professional goals.

Health Management and Policy Certificate

Complete three foundation courses and one elective 

MPH 602 Public Health System*
Explores the history, basic structures and operations of public health and health care delivery systems based on Essential Public Health Services.

MPH 610 Health Policy*
Addresses the development and advocacy processes for public health policies; provides tools for policy analysis; and application to important public health issues.

MPH 662 Management of Health Services Organizations*
Explores basic management principles and practical tools for health management professionals in a variety of public health and health care organizations.

MPH 664 Marketing of Health Services 
Explores concepts of marketing theory, planning, strategy, research and implementation of marketing plans including social media plans. Cross listed with NRHL 664.

MPH 680 The Business of Healthcare (Elective)
Explores current topics in the business of delivering health services. including insurance, privacy of information, accountable care organizations, and financing structures and implications of the U.S. Affordable Care Act of 2010.

*Included in the Master’s Core Courses

Emergency Preparedness Certificate

MPH 650 Emergency Preparedness in Public Health
Introduces the core principles and practices of emergency preparedness and planning from all types of hazards, threats and disasters.

MPH 654 Psychology and Sociology of Disasters
Examines the immediate and long-term effects that natural and man-made disasters have on survivors, their communities and first responders; and methods to assist survivors in their recovery.

MPH 656 Emergency Response and Recovery 
Focuses on the role of the public health system in responding to all types of hazards, threats, and disasters. This course builds upon the concepts learned in MPH 650 and MPH 654.

MPH 657 Disaster Management in Public Health
Examines incident preparedness and response from a variety of public health dimensions, including: acute and chronic health care delivery, impacts on vulnerable populations, delivery of basic human services, epidemic response, and environmental and occupational health.

Health Education & Promotion Certificate

Complete three foundation courses and one elective

MPH 601 Behavioral and Social Aspects of Public Health*
Students will explore social and psychological determinants and theories of health behavior.

MPH 609 Cultural Context of Health*
This course provides information on the cultural and sociological contexts in which the health care system developed. Students examine the role of socio-economic groups in the history of the U.S. health care system.

MPH 632 Public Health Education Methods
Presents evidence-based methods of health education and promotion addressing major risk factors for death, injury, and disability.

MPH 634 Public Health Education Programs and Skills (CHES)
Focuses on health education and the skills required for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examinations.

MPH 664 Marketing of Public Health
Explores concepts of marketing theory, planning, strategy, research and implementation of marketing plans including social media plans. Cross listed with NRHL 664.

MPH 688 Media, Technology and Public Health (Elective)
Explores the role of mass media, social networking and other emerging technology-based tools in public health practice.

*Included in Master’s program core courses

Epidemiology Certificate

MPH 511 Biostatistics*
Students will learn basic statistical concepts including frequency distributions, central tendency and variability via parametric and nonparametric methods, as well as related Excel applications.

MPH 604 Epidemiology*
Students will learn to analyze chronic and communicable disease patterns. Coursework covers the epidemiological triad and other models, preventive health and medicine, the impact and spread of disease throughout history and the study of epidemiological statistical methods.

MPH 606 Methods of Research in Public Health*
This course presents an overview of research design, collection and reporting of data, interpretation of findings, inferential procedures and current public health research.

MPH 696 Applied Epidemiology
This course combines the fundamental skills and competencies acquired in biostatistics, epidemiology, and methods of research and provides an interactive, hands-on experience in actual study design, development of survey instruments, and collection, analysis and reporting of real data.

*Included in Master’s program core courses