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Curriculum

The Master in Public Health Program emphasizes on the study of the aspects of community and population health. It comprises the major aspects of population health and the strategies for community health promotion and disease prevention.

The study of public health implies the identification of disease related factors, the evaluation of community health, the analysis of intervention programs, the importance of health education as a tool for health promotion and the methods for disease prevention.

It is expected that the public health graduate will acquired the knowledge and skills for the diagnosis of community health issues and needs. Also the student will be qualified to conduct public health field studies and applying methods and strategies for disease prevention and control. Also he or she can work on public health policy issues.

Curricular Sequence

Total Trimester Credit-Hours: 58

Courses: First Year

I. Trimester (August- October)

Course Credits
MPH 3101-Fundamentals in Public Health 2
MPH 3205-Perspectives in Environmental Health 2
MPH 5401-Behavioral Science in Public Health 2
MPH 5611-Global Health 2
Total of academic credits 8

 

II. Trimester (November- February)

Course Credits
MPH 3102-Statistical Methods I 3
MPH 3102-L Lab Statistical Methods I 1
MPH 3103-Epidemiologic Methods I & II 4
Total of academic credits 8

 

III. Trimester (March-May)

Course Credits
MPH 7304-Epidemiology in Public Health Practice 3
MPH 7202-Inferential Statistics 3
MPH 5103-Surveillance in Public Health 2
Total of academic credits 8

 

Summer Session (June-July)

Course Credits
MPH 5321-Health Promotion & Disease Prevention 2
MPH 5301-Strategic Management of Health Services 3
MPH 7201-Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of Community Health Programs 3
Total of academic credits 8

 

Courses: Second Year

IV. Trimester (August-October)

Course Credits
MPH 9406-Field Work Phase I 5
MPH 5602-Evidence Based Methods in Public Health 2
MPH 5101-Public Health Politics and Resource Allocation 2
Total of academic credits 9

 

V. Trimester (November-February)

Course Credits
MPH 5201-Ethics and Public Health Law 3
MPH 5304-Public Health Informatics 2
MPH 9506-Field Work Phase II 4
Total of academic credits 9

 

VI. Trimester (March-May)

Course Credits
MPH 5601-Urbanism in Public Health 2
MPH 9606-Field Work Phase III 6
Total of academic credits 8

 

Degree Requirements

Upon meeting the following requirements the student will receive a Master of Public Health degree:

Completion of the 58 credit-hours program
Overall grade point average of at least 2.50

Course Descriptions

MPH 3102 - Statistical Methods I

Three (3) credits.

Course that introduces the student to the main concepts of statistical analysis for the application into the public health field. Topics included descriptive analysis of qualitative and quantitative variables, principles of probability, significance tests and regression and correlation principles.

 

MPH 3102 - L. Laboratory of Statistical Methods I

One (1) credit.

This course will provide students with “hands on” practice of statistics applied to public health contemporary issues. Students are required to conduct practical exercises, assignments and quizzes regarding the topics covered on the Statistical Methods I course (MPH 3102).

 

MPH 3103 - Epidemiologic Methods I & II

This course introduces the main concepts of the epidemiologic principles for the study of occurrence of diseases. Topics included: the design of epidemiologic studies, descriptive and analytical epidemiology, principles of causality, hypothesis formulation and the scientific method.

 

MPH 7202 - Inferential Statistics

Three (3) credits.

This course introduces the students to advanced statistical analysis. Topics included two sample inference using t-distributions, analysis of variance, simple and linear multiple regressions. The course require intensive hands on work in practical exercises.

 

MPH 7304 - Epidemiology in Public Health Practice

Three (3) credits.

This course introduces to the principles and methods in public health practice based epidemiology. Emphasis will be given to topics such as: surveillance methods, clustering, disease reporting, outbreaks, and case definitions.

 

MPH 5321 - Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

Two (2) credits.

This course will comprise the aspects of health education and health promotion programs for successful strategies for disease prevention. Topics in this course included: community health programs development, mass media, political actions, intervention programs, profit and non-profit programs, educational programs.

 

MPH 3101 - Fundamentals in Public Health

Two (2) credits.

This course examines the major aspects of public health including definitions, theory, history and practice in public health. The course covers the following core areas in public health: health services, health disparities, social sciences, environmental health, health promotion and health policy and management.

 

MPH 5401 - Behavioral Science in Public Health

Two (2) credits.

This course studies the social, behavioral and psychological factors related with disease occurrence among diverse populations. The course will enable students to describe the theoretical framework of the diverse social sciences disciplines such as psychology and anthropology and their application to public health. The course also will discuss the bio-psychosocial model as a core for health promotion and disease prevention.

 

MPH 3205 - Environmental Health Perspectives in Public Health

Two (2) credits.

This course introduces the student to the environmental factors and their relation with human health. Topics included: water pollution, air pollution, environmental toxicology, food contamination, occupational safety and health, solid waste issues and ionizing and non-ionizing radiation.

 

MPH 5611 - Global Health

Two (2) credits.

This course introduces the student to global health. Topics included: the burden and distribution of diseases, the determinants of global health disparities, global health policies and actions, global health interventions.

 

MPH 7304 - Surveillance in Public Health

Two (2) credits.

This course presents theory and practice of surveillance in public health. Topics included: types of surveillance programs, analysis and evaluation of surveillance programs for public health.

 

MPH 5301 - Strategic Management of Health Services

Three (3) credits.

The purpose of this course is to provide the framework and theories of health management administration applied to the health field. The course will provide to the students with an overview with the basic concepts of strategic planning in the context of health care and community based organizations.

 

MPH 7201 - Implementation, monitoring and evaluation of community health

Three (3) credits.

This course introduces the student to the analysis of the effectiveness of community health programs. The course will discuss the concepts related with health evaluation and the implementation interventions programs in community settings.

 

MPH 9406 - Field work: Phase I

Five (5) credits.

Work in groups under supervision for the design and development of a research proposal project. Students will plan a research project applying the basic concepts and techniques of the scientific method. In Phase I, students will develop the written research proposal plan.

 

MPH 5601 - Urbanism in Public Health

Two (2) credits.

This course presents the public health issues related with the urban environments. Topics included: urban population growth, housing issues, healthy cities and the built natural and socioeconomics environments and its relation with health and disease.

 

MPH 5101 - Public Health Politics and Resource Allocation

Two (2) credits.

This course examines the health politics and policy in Puerto Rico as well in the United States. Topics included: access to health services, health insurances, state and federal regulations related with health services, the Puerto Rico health system, the role of institutions and government on the development and implementation of public health policy, methods of policy analysis and legal bases of public health.

 

MPH 5201 - Ethics and Public Health Law

Three (3) credits.

This course examines major ethical and legal concepts and their impact on public health policy and practice. Emphasis will be given to justice and equity as important concepts in public health practice.

 

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