On-Campus MPH Core Curriculum.

Your MPH journey begins here.

Taught by experienced BUSPH faculty members, core courses provide the groundwork you’ll need to pursue specialized higher-level courses in your chosen certificate(s). Full-time students will complete the four core courses in their first semester of study. Part-time students will complete the core courses in their first year of study. Each course counts for four credits.

Quantitative Methods for Public Health

Public health is, at its core, an evidence-based discipline. Evaluating relevant evidence to understand the distribution and determinants of disease across the population and to identify and engage in prevention activities requires the collection, analysis and communication of quantitative information. In this course, students will learn fundamental quantitative skills to evaluate data and make evidence-based decisions as a public health professional. This course will provide students with core training in the conduct and design of epidemiologic studies, basic biostatistical analyses and the use of biostatistical software, and foundational knowledge of exposure and outcome assessment.

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Leadership and Management for Public Health

Public health professionals rarely work alone to make anything happen. Thus, the goal of this course is to develop your ability to be a change agent for public health by furthering your abilities to communicate with, engage, and organize others in the pursuit of specific projects and change efforts. While you may not immediately hold a formal leadership position, you can always “lead from where you are” and/or informally by understanding how to effectively and ethically work with others both within and beyond your particular organizational home, and manage processes to achieve specific objectives, in order to advance the health issues that you care about.

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Health Systems, Law, and Policy

This is a course about who gets what health services, when and how. Policies and laws governing what services are available and on what terms strongly influence health status at both the individual and population levels. This course examines the Constitutional, regulatory, political and socio-economic bases for the policies that determine access, quality, cost and equity in health services and population health programs. While the focus is principally on US examples, the course is structured on the World Health Organization’s framework for organizing and analyzing national health systems, covering governance, financing, delivery systems, workforce, and human and other resources. The course combines intensive individual preparation for each class using both written and video materials, interactive class presentations and hands-on individual and group projects in laboratory sessions.

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Individual, Community, and Population Health

This course is intended to provide students with a foundation for future coursework in program design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. It assumes little prior knowledge of determinants of health, and various ways of addressing health problems. It aims to help give students an appreciation of health and the determinants of health at multiple levels in order to gain knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively to improve the health of individuals, communities, and populations.

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Online or in-person? Your choice.

Students can complete their core course requirements in a number of ways—online or on-campus, full- or part-time. You may choose to complete all of the core curriculum online, or just a selection of the four courses. After completing each course in the format you choose, you will complete the remaining degree components on campus.

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