Public Health (MPH) | Los Angeles Pacific University

MPH

Master of Public Health

42

Total Units

$600

Cost Per Unit

$25,200

Base Cost

Public Health Program Requirements

The Master of Public Health program features 14 classes at three units each to total 42 units. Each course meets for eight weeks. The graduate student typically takes one course at a time completing two classes each semester. The major core component is 27 units in length, while the second component consists of 15 units in a chosen concentration.

Major Core Courses

27 Units

MPH

500

Foundations of Public Health

3 Units

This course presents an overview of the history of public health as well as the fundamental principles, concepts, and tools used in modern public health. Utilizing a Socratic method of inquiry, case studies, and forum discussions, students will develop an understanding of the foundations of public health and a recognition of how public health discipline specializations address the determinants of public health.

MPH

510

Social and Behavioral Theory and Application

3 Units

This course addresses the behavioral and social factors impacting individual, local, and global health concerns. The application of social and behavioral theories to public health is presented, with attention given to identifying, understanding, and improving personal and societal health. Various models and strategies involving health education, advocacy, public policy and the like are considered, with the goal of designing and developing healthy alternatives to deleterious lifestyles. Behavioral and social considerations are introduced with a focus on healthy practices and programs.

MPH

520

Biostatistics

3 Units

The student will be introduced to the essential statistical tools and methods that public health practitioners use to determine strategic directions for local, regional, and global public health initiatives. Public health policy and practice are based on statistical analyses of theoretical and applied research in the health field, informing community practice and policy-making. Emphasis will be given to data collection, analysis, statistical methodology, and interpretation of biostatical information. Prerequisite: STAT 280 with a grade of C- or better.

MPH

530

Environmental Health

3 Units

This course examines the impact of environmental factors on community health by evaluating the biological, chemical, and physical factors that influence the natural environment, in both beneficial and deleterious ways. Environmental determinants will be identified, and remediation options will be proposed and assessed. The practice and administration of various environmental health professions will be introduced and discussed.

MPH

540

Epidemiology

3 Units

This course considers the diseases and disease patterns that affect morbidity and mortality in local and global perspectives. Epidemiological trends and projections are evaluated through research literature and current events as they affect society. The causal factors of diseases are investigated, with a special focus on prevention, mitigation, and potential elimination of the disease.

MPH

550

Health Services Administration

3 Units

The public health official is often required to lead or manage people, projects, and organizations, and this course presents the knowledge, skills, aptitudes, and attitudes required to successfully fulfill those responsibilities. In fulfilling this administrative role, project management, personnel oversight, budgeting, communication, and external stakeholder issues (e.g., regulators, boards, constituents, and media) are considered. Case studies and examples from practice will be examined and evaluated.

MPH

560

Healthcare Policy, Law, and Society

3 Units

The ways that public health law and policy impact society. The course examines the interrelated response from the government, health professionals, the media, and other stakeholders. Students discuss the response methods of public health officials in pandemic or epidemic emergencies, including the communication of health policies to the public. Students consider legal and ethical matters and how community safety and preparedness can be encouraged. Through case studies and current events, students examine these and other dilemmas.

MPH

570

Sexuality, Gender, and Public Health

3 Units

Students explore a) gender theory and its application to health, and b) health practices, services and utilization by gender. Gender theory covers issues of body, self, personhood, and power within a health context. Health issues related to gender focus on sexual and reproductive health (SRH), including topics such as reproductive health, HIV, maternal health, and gender-based violence. Students apply critical thinking by blending theory and application. Course topics are explored in various international settings and contexts.

MPH

580

Public Health, Cinema, and Social Media

3 Units

This course introduces how cinema, social media, and public health interact and influence patterns of human behavior and people’s understanding of health. Social media plays a vital role in public health and is a strong tool for advocacy, communication, and education. Students will explore a broad overview of the how a data-driven world impacts healthcare and public health and how independent film, faith-based organizations, traditional cinema, documentary film, and social media can be leveraged for population-based public health solutions.

Concentration Options
(Epidemiology, Health Education/ Behavioral Science or Health Services Administration)

15 Units

Master of Public Health students have the opportunity to select from the:

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Education/ Behavioral Science, or
  • Health Services Administration concentration listed below.

15 Units

Epidemiology

15 Units

MPH

620

Healthcare Research Methods

3 Units

Research principles and practices, with specific application to the health sciences. The course covers research methodology and evidence-based practices. Students formulate research questions and proposed methodology including data collection and analysis. Students explore research design principles, basic methods of research, validity, reliability, effect size, and other critical issues and apply them to case studies and scientific literature. Prerequisite: MPH 520.

MPH

625

Disease Investigation and Mitigation

3 Units

Focus on the surveillance, identification, control, and prevention of globally important diseases in public health. The course goal is to assess unique risk factors, outbreak investigations, strategies for disease control and mitigation, methods for evaluating interventions and control efforts. Particular focus is given to outbreak investigations, which provide unique opportunities to apply many principles of public health practice. Students use and interpret surveillance data and risk factor analyses.

MPH

640

Multicultural Disease Prevention

3 Units

This course will investigate and assess health-related cultural concepts and their effect on social and behavioral aspects of health promotion and disease prevention among multicultural populations.

MPH

660

Global Engagement

3 Units

Discussion of current and future global health challenges. Students will assess the determinants of health and disease from a global diversity perspective and will analyze global health threats including infectious diseases, poverty, conflicts, and healthcare inequity. Formerly: MPH 635.

MPH

690

Graduate of Public Health Culminating Experience

3 Units

Opportunity for the graduate student to demonstrate applied and integrated knowledge of public health concepts, theories, and practices. The culminating experience prepares the student to apply theory and principles related to professional practice and serves as the capstone course for the program. Instructor permission to remain registered will be granted upon formal approval of the capstone proposal by the instructor. Prerequisite: MPH 500, MPH 510, MPH 520, MPH 540, and 24 additional units of MPH coursework; or permission of Assistant Dean.

Health Education/ Behavioral Science

15 Units

MPH

625

Disease Investigation and Mitigation

3 Units

Focus on the surveillance, identification, control, and prevention of globally important diseases in public health. The course goal is to assess unique risk factors, outbreak investigations, strategies for disease control and mitigation, methods for evaluating interventions and control efforts. Particular focus is given to outbreak investigations, which provide unique opportunities to apply many principles of public health practice. Students use and interpret surveillance data and risk factor analyses.

MPH

630

Public Health Program Design and Evaluation

3 Units

The planning, design, and analysis of public health programs are important competencies for health care professionals. Assessing community health needs, identifying program objectives, examining program effectiveness, and applying improvement strategies will be covered. The essential components of program design and the evaluation will be emphasized and critiqued.

MPH

645

Community Health Education

3 Units

Major concepts, methods, and issues involved in the profession of health education/health promotion. The course goal is to provide a solid grounding and appreciation for the history, science, and foundations of health education/health promotion. Prerequisites: MPH 500, MPH 510, MPH 520, MPH 540.

MPH

650

Health Promotion and Risk Reduction

3 Units

This course investigates concepts of health, health promotion, diversity and risk, and all factors that influence health and healthy lifestyle behaviors. Students examine theoretical and empirical support for promoting health and reducing risk behaviors as a basis for understanding ways that diverse individuals can positively influence their own health and wellness. Students examine potential strategies for influencing health behavior change.

MPH

690

Graduate of Public Health Culminating Experience

3 Units

Opportunity for the graduate student to demonstrate applied and integrated knowledge of public health concepts, theories, and practices. The culminating experience prepares the student to apply theory and principles related to professional practice and serves as the capstone course for the program. Instructor permission to remain registered will be granted upon formal approval of the capstone proposal by the instructor. Prerequisite: MPH 500, MPH 510, MPH 520, MPH 540, and 24 additional units of MPH coursework; or permission of Assistant Dean.

Health Services Administration

15 Units

MPH

600

Resource Management in Public Health

3 Units

Economic, financial, social, and health management concepts and tools involved in health administration. The course covers demand analysis, expenditure growth, and markets for healthcare services and externalities. Emphasis is also placed on using current organizational, financial, and community assessment tools to examine and solve problems.

MPH

610

Leadership Practices in Public Health

3 Units

The leadership theories, research, and techniques which are strongly utilized in public health settings. Students consider and critique organizational theories and decision-making models, leadership strategies, conflict management models and personal and organizational values. The course places emphasis on implementing technology, operating in diverse contexts, innovative thinking, and planning strategically.

MPH

620

Healthcare Research Methods

3 Units

Research principles and practices, with specific application to the health sciences. The course covers research methodology and evidence-based practices. Students formulate research questions and proposed methodology including data collection and analysis. Students explore research design principles, basic methods of research, validity, reliability, effect size, and other critical issues and apply them to case studies and scientific literature. Prerequisite: MPH 520.

MPH

630

Public Health Program Design and Evaluation

3 Units

The planning, design, and analysis of public health programs are important competencies for health care professionals. Assessing community health needs, identifying program objectives, examining program effectiveness, and applying improvement strategies will be covered. The essential components of program design and the evaluation will be emphasized and critiqued.

MPH

690

Graduate of Public Health Culminating Experience

3 Units

Opportunity for the graduate student to demonstrate applied and integrated knowledge of public health concepts, theories, and practices. The culminating experience prepares the student to apply theory and principles related to professional practice and serves as the capstone course for the program. Instructor permission to remain registered will be granted upon formal approval of the capstone proposal by the instructor. Prerequisite: MPH 500, MPH 510, MPH 520, MPH 540, and 24 additional units of MPH coursework; or permission of Assistant Dean.

Total Units

42 Units

This information is current for this academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information.

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