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M.P.H. Community Health Program

Mission and Overview

The mission of the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree – Community Health Education and Behavior program is to prepare students in the development and application of community-based public health interventions that solve problems in the field of public health. Students completing an M.P.H. in Community Health Education and Behavior within the JPHCOPH at Georgia Southern University will be able to serve the community, region, state, nation, or world through governmental, private, and academic sectors by utilizing their community health skills gained in order to help solve public health problems including health disparities in rural and urban environments.

All Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health students who select to study the M.P.H. – Community Health Education and Behavior degree program will complete a minimum of 45 credits. Students pursuing this degree will take Public Health Core Courses (18 credits), Program Concentration Courses (21 credits), and a Practicum experience (3 credits)/Capstone Research Project (3 credits) where they will apply, in practical fashion, the skills learned throughout their program. Students will also be required to present the findings of their research project as the culminating M.P.H. experience.

JPHCOPH Graduate Advisor

Shamia Garrett, M.P.H.
Coordinator, Office of Student Services
Phone: (912) 478-2674
Email: jphcoph-gradadvisor@georgiasouthern.edu

Advising Hours

By appointment only

Community Health Student Learning Outcomes

Cross-cutting

  1. Demonstrate proficiency and effectiveness in the communication of core public health principles and practices, both oral and written.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the integration of the core public health disciplines (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Health Policy/Management, and Social/Behavioral Science) in practice and research.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in problem solving, critical thinking, and public health leadership.

Community Health Concentration

  1. Utilize basic theories, concepts and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice to identify the causes of social and behavioral factors that affect health of individuals and populations.
  2. Assess individual, organizational and community concerns, assets resources and deficits for social and behavioral science interventions.
  3. Identify critical stakeholders for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions.
  4. Demonstrate steps and procedures for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions.
  5. Apply evidence-based, ethically grounded approaches in the development and evaluation of social and behavioral science interventions.
Community Health Competencies

At the completion of the M.P.H. degree program all Community Health students will be able to:

Cross-cutting Competencies

  1. Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of professional public health activities. (Communication and Informatics)
  2. Use information technology to access, evaluate, and interpret public health data. (Communication and Informatics)
  3. Describe the roles of history, power, privilege and structural inequality in producing health disparities. (Diversity and Culture)
  4. Explain how professional ethics and practices relate to equity and accountability in diverse community settings. (Diversity and Culture)
  5. Develop public health programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the communities being served. (Diversity and Culture)

Community Health Concentration

  1. Identify basic theories, concepts and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice.
  2. Identify the causes of social and behavioral factors that affect health of individuals and populations.
  3. Identify individual, organizational and community concerns, assets resources and deficits for social and behavioral science interventions.
  4. Identify critical stakeholders for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions.
  5. Describe steps and procedures for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions.
  6. Describe the role of social and community factors in both the onset and solution of public health problems.
  7. Describe the merits of social and behavioral science interventions and policies.
  8. Apply evidence-based approaches in the development and evaluation of social and behavioral science interventions.
  9. Apply ethical principles to public health program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  10. Specify multiple targets and levels of intervention for social and behavioral science programs and/or policies.
Course Requirements
Public Health Core Courses (18 Credit Hours) Credit Hours
PUBH 5520G Introduction to Public Health 2
PUBH 6532 Environmental Health 3
PUBH 6533 Epidemiology 3
PUBH 6534 Health Policy and Management 3
PUBH 6535 Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health 3
PUBH 6541 Biostatistics 4
Community Health Courses (21 Credit Hours)
COHE 6130 Research Methods in Health Science 3
COHE 7232 Health Promotion Planning 3
COHE 7234 Community Health Analysis 3
COHE 7233 Ecologically Focused Program Evaluation 3
COHE 7237 Rural Community Health Issues 3
COHE 7238 Communication for Change 3
Guided Electives 3
Practicum and Culminating Experience (6 Credit Hours)
PUBH 7790 Practicum in Public Health 3
PUBH 7991 Public Health Capstone Research Project 3
Total Credit Hours 45

Prerequisite undergraduate course work may be required. Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health for complete information.

Community Health Plan of Study
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2-Year Plan of Study (Fall Admission) pdf

Last updated: 6/1/2016