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M.P.H. 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.

Biostatistics Concentration

  1. Construct a public health and biomedical research question from ideas, conditions, and events that exist in a rural and urban community, region, state, and nation using critical thinking skills.
  2. Design an experiment, survey or clinical trial pertaining to a public health and biomedical research question in order to collect the data needed to meet objectives of public health research.
  3. Select appropriate statistical tools, methodological alternatives and graphical descriptives to analyze and summarize public health and biomedical data
  4. Interpret results of biostatistical analyses so that valid and reliable conclusions regarding a public health and biomedical research question may be drawn from the analyses.
  5. Communicate biostatistical principles and concepts to lay and professional audiences through both oral and written communication.

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.

Environmental Health Sciences Concentration

  1. Select and apply appropriate tools to measure environmental hazards, particularly in the context of rural and underserved areas.
  2. Employ and evaluate the principles and practices of environmental exposure assessment to reduce community risk, and effectively communicate such risk to disparate populations.
  3. Analyze and apply the outcomes of environmental impact studies to prevent, mitigate and/or predict future exposures to environmental hazards, as well as utilize this knowledge to support and promote health policy development.
  4. Assess and explain how cultural, socio-economic, and behavioral factors may influence the risk of exposure to environmental hazards and related health outcomes, particularly in the context of rural and underserved populations.
  5. Conduct and interpret relevant environmental-based research using appropriate research designs and analytic techniques.
  6. Communicate environmental health principles and concepts to lay and professional audiences through both oral and written communication.

Epidemiology Concentration

  1. Formulate population-based hypotheses and develop appropriate research designs to test these hypotheses.
  2. Collect, analyze, and interpret data derived from population-based research.
  3. Create and implement public health surveillance systems for population-based studies.
  4. Recommend evidence-based interventions and control measures in response to epidemiologic findings.
  5. Communicate epidemiologic principles and concepts to lay and professional audiences through both oral and written communication.

Health Policy & Management Concentration

  1. Demonstrate the ability to describe and apply core principles of public health (assessment, assurance, and policy development) for the purpose of improving population health.
  2. Illustrate the ability to apply a “systems thinking” approach to solving public health problems associated with organizations.
  3. Interpret trends in resource allocation on communities, with an emphasis in rural and underserved areas.
  4. Conduct and interpret relevant policy-based research using appropriate research designs and analytic techniques.
  5. Communicate health policy and management principles and concepts to lay and professional audiences through both oral and written communication.

Last updated: 8/24/2015