Program Requirements

Except for differences in timing, program requirements of the Accelerated MPH and the standard MPH degree are the same.

MPH Curriculum

UVM’s Online Master of Public Health is a collaborative graduate program between the College of MedicineContinuing and Distance Education, and the Graduate College at UVM.

Students enrolled in the program are expected to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and meet all requirements of the Graduate College.

You can earn all program credits online, with the option to complete your Culminating Project Experience requirement in your location. As a full-time student, you can complete the program within one or two years, or you can choose the flexibility of part-time study.

The Master of Public Health degree requires 42 total credits and includes:

  • 18 credits in national competency core courses (6 courses)
  • 9 credits in required advanced core courses (3 courses)
  • 6 credits of required culminating (capstone) project experience
  • 9 elective course credits (3 courses).

The following table includes all MPH requirements along with the routine schedule of course offerings and pre-requisites.

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Courses Descriptions

Core Courses

PH301 Public Health & Health Policy
In the United States, we spend vast resources on health care and lag behind other developed countries in measures of health. Students will examine current health issues and barriers to improving health, as well as identify credible sources of health information to understand health topics such as preventing obesity, vaccines, global tobacco use, alcohol, environmental health topics, emerging infectious diseases, and access to health care. Students will learn about the compelling need for creative and multidisciplinary solutions, and how stronger policies to improve the health of the public might be accomplished.

PH302 Epidemiology 1
Epidemiology methods give us a framework in which we can order these complex relationships into information that can be used to improve population health. Students will learn how to define populations and estimate the distribution of health related conditions and their determinants. We will apply epidemiology methods to surveillance, screening and study design, and understand how to assess causality and control for factors that may mask our ability to find a relationship between an exposure and a health outcome.

PH303 Biostatistics
Includes biostatistics, research designs, and qualitative approaches with an emphasis on evaluating research articles in public health. The course is based on real world applied research needs and how those needs can best be met. Discussion and critiques of published articles, presentations by the instructor and working with example qualitative and quantitative data sets. The course will be divided into 12 modules. Requirements include critiques of articles and situations presented by the instructor, mandatory participation in chat/blog based discussions, and developing a research proposal for an applied research project.

PH304 Environmental Public Health
Students will explore major areas of environmental public health (EPH), including environmental hazards, exposures, and related health outcomes, including emerging topics in environmental public health. Co-requisite: PH 302.  Students will learn how to evaluate the burden of disease due to a particular exposure; critique an environmental public health article to make conclusions and recommendations; design questions for a brief public health survey; recognize the role of environment and environmental health organizations; write a grant proposal for a public health project.

PH305 Policy Org & Financing of Health Care (Satisfies the same core requirement as PH317. Only one course will count towards degree)
Provides an overview of health care policies, organizational structures, and financing systems examined from economic, social, ethical, political, and global perspectives. Financing of health care systems will also be examined with respect to concepts and principles of change theory, ethical decision making, policy processes and analysis.

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PH317 Management in Health Services and Medical Care (Satisfies the same core requirement as PH305. Only one course will count towards degree)
Addresses major issues and challenges faced by health services managers relating to established and evolving social, economic, and professional policies in a context of practical problem assessment and appropriate resolution.

PH306 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
Addresses the behavioral, social and cultural factors related to individual and population health, and health disparities over the life course.

Required Advanced Core Courses

PH307 Epidemiology 2
This course builds upon PH302 Epidemiology 1 which introduced students to the basic concepts of epidemiology. Epidemiology 2 allows a more in depth examination of epidemiologic methods and the application of those methods in carrying out various types of epidemiologic studies.
Prerequisite: PH302: Epidemiology 1

PH308 Environmental Public Health 2
Building on PH304 Environmental Public Health 1, students will examine populations at higher risk for environmental health effects, as well as explore cross-cutting and emerging environmental health topics that affect global populations. Students will practice skills such as exposure assessment and risk communication that are necessary for public health practice in a variety of settings.
Prerequisite: PH304 Environmental Public Health 1

PH310 Public Health Law and Ethics
Public health law examines the government’s authority, at various jurisdictional levels, to improve the health of the general population within societal limits and norms. Public health ethics seek to understand and clarify principles and values that guide public health actions, offering a framework for making decisions and a means of justifying them.

PH392 MPH Culminating Project Experience
This 6-credit project experience is designed to prepare graduates to apply knowledge and skills gained throughout their MPH studies in a culminating experience or project that reflects research and practice needs in actual populations. Working with a faculty mentor, students will develop a project proposal, conduct research or carry out a field placement, and develop a project presentation.
Prerequisites: PH301, PH302, PH303, and PH307

Electives

*Please note this list is subject to change based upon instructional availability. The following courses are examples of electives that have been previously offered by the UVM Public Health program.

PH 311 Global Public Health
Explores global public health and global health challenges affecting people primarily in developing or resource-constrained countries. Cultural competency concepts will be embedded. Examine basic principles of global public health, culture and health behavior, social determinants of health, the burden of disease (infectious, chronic, mental health), reproductive health, complex humanitarian emergencies, and global health agencies and collaborations.

PH312 Food Systems & Public Health
Eating is an everyday act for most of us, one that profoundly affects our health and wellbeing. As we face an unprecedented obesity epidemic with associated chronic diseases, our food systems are becoming increasingly consolidated, globalized and complex. Students will explore food systems’ influence on public health, and how technology, policy, biology, epidemiology, and historical knowledge can support a healthier food system.

PH313 Public Health and Social Justice
Analytical examination of the relationship between health policies and programs and social justice issues in the United States with exemplars from other countries. Students will focus on population groups recognized as marginalized within society and the impact of social injustice on both individual and population health.  Reflections on human experience, power, pathology, and other related concepts will enable students to integrate information from the social sciences and humanities with scientific knowledge and political realities as they concern health.

PH314 Environmental Risk & Communication
Risk assessment is a scientific approach to identifying and quantifying risks to public health and the environment. Communicating health risk in relation to environmental issues is complicated by social, economic, political and scientific factors. This course explores theory, policy and techniques for environmental risk communication from the viewpoints of government, industry, special interest groups, and the general public.

PH315 Public Health Surveillance: Tracking Health Behaviors and Disease
Surveillance of infectious and non-infectious diseases, as well as health behaviors and population characteristics, is fundamental to nearly all fields of modern public health practice. By definition, public health surveillance is the “ongoing systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of outcome-specific data for use in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice” (CDC/ATSDR). To understand the practice of surveillance, students will examine many examples of surveillance systems from the developed and developing world with emphasis on U.S. State and Federal systems.
Prerequisite: PH302 Epidemiology 1

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