Total credit hours: 42
Cost per credit hour: $650
Estimated cost plus fees: $27,300
The 42-credit, 14-course online Master of Public Health is designed to build a strong foundation of public health knowledge and teaches you to translate research evidence into practice, policy, and public health improvements. The curriculum covers a wide range of academic topics, developing your talents to design, implement, and evaluate public health programs—no matter the industry.
With the Lasallian spirit of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota woven throughout the program, you'll meet the needs of the underserved and expand on your compassion. Plus, this curriculum was created in collaboration with public health experts, so you're getting crucial knowledge from people with decades of experience in this important field.
Designed to be completed in as few as two and a half years (seven semesters), this Master of Public Health emphasizes concepts of cultural competence, health disparities, and social justice.
MPH 600 Principles of Public Health (3 credits)
Learn the history of public health practice and research, national and global structural institutions, and basic concepts and theories that inform public health practice. This course focuses on data and research that find health equity, gaps, and outcomes from a population perspective.
MPH 605 Foundations of Biostatistics (3 credits)
Explore probability and statistical inference in public health and learn the principles of collecting, analyzing, and presenting data. Topics include random variation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, chi-square distribution, and linear regression. You'll apply concepts through in-class labs to evaluate statistics used in public health publications.
MPH 610 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3 credits)
Understand social, cultural, and behavioral aspects that influence public health. You'll examine sociocultural structures related to behavioral health and apply concepts and theories to address community health issues.
MPH 615 Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)
Learn epidemiologic concepts and methods for public health practitioners, including an understanding of various measures of risk, disease, and mortality in populations. You'll learn types of epidemiologic strategies used to examine associations between risk factors and morbidity and mortality while distinguishing between a statistical association and a causal relationship. You'll also explore historical and current public health challenges and various aspects of disease in populations.
MPH 620 Environmental Determinants of Health (3 credits)
Examine how urban and rural environmental factors, including social, physical, and chemical factors, are determinants of health. This course emphasizes current topics related to national issues, as well as laws and strategies used to provide health equity by reducing or eliminating health threats.
MPH 630 Public Health Research and Analysis (3 credits)
Gain an overview of quantitative and qualitative research study design, data collection, and analysis while exploring ethical issues in health studies, research, and data algorithms.
MPH 635 Design of Community Health Programs and Interventions (3 credits)
Explore the research and process of designing effective public health programs and interventions. You'll use tools and techniques used to engage and involve the community, so programs are based on community need. Course topics include behavior change theory, logic models, community engagement and participation, rationale development, and timeline and budget creation.
MPH 640 Evaluation of Community Health Programs and Interventions (3 credits)
Build on concepts and experiences of MPH635 Design of Community Health Programs and Interventions by taking a deeper dive into qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods for design and implementation by exploring real examples and experiential learning.
Course topics include survey development and execution, interview and focus group design and practice, return on investment, and reporting and communicating evaluation results.
MPH 645 Population Health and Community Organizing (3 credits)
Focus on community organizing as a collaborative process among communities and organizations. You'll learn to identify public health issues, set mutual goals, assess and gather resources, and develop culturally competent actions.
MPH 650 Health Promotion and Communication (3 credits)
Learn how to plan educational, political, environmental, regulatory, and organizational mechanisms that promote and support wellness conditions and activities for individuals, populations, or communities. You'll learn to use social media and other technology, as well as marketing methods like visuals and group communication strategies, to create and disseminate understandable public health information and data.
HS 715 Advanced Health Policy and Ethics (3 credits)
This course examines the ethical, legal, and culturally relevant dimensions of the U.S. health sector, including nonprofit, for-profit, and public health systems. Topics include ethical issues, public policy, stewardship, and compliance standards impacting healthcare finance and delivery; frameworks for ethical decision making; socio-economic impacts on public policy; and strategies for influencing the policy-making process within the health sector (Prerequisite(s): HS710, HS662, HS712, HS713).
HS 720 Strategic Health and Human Services Leadership (3 credits)
Focus on leadership principles designed to create and sustain organizations and programs in the health and human services sectors. You'll learn to create and implement an organization's vision, mission, and reflective practices. You'll also evaluate personal, cultural, and ethical leadership styles.
MPH 690 Integrative Learning Capstone (2 Credits)
All MPH requirements; co-requisite MPH682 or MPH683
Students conduct a critical review of a public health issue, usually based on the field experience. Students examine current published research and available data to identify trends, explore underlying factors, analyze data, and make recommendations. Students write a journal article summarizing their findings and present a poster presentation to peers and professionals.
Upon completion of the course students are expected to be able to do the following:
- Pose a public health research question and apply systems thinking to analyze the issue from multiple perspectives.
- Conduct a review of relevant literature.
- Analyze public health data.
- Use a journal article format to write a critical review of a public health issue that includes evidence-based recommendations to identify potential solutions.
- Design and present a poster presentation to peers and professionals.
*CEPH bachelor level competencies
MPH 680 Field Experience Part I-IV (4 credits)
Select a public health agency, nonprofit, or private institution to apply and integrate skills and knowledge gained in the program.
At least 240 hours over the 4 credits must be completed at an approved organization and meet program guidelines, preferably at one site. A portfolio approach is used to assess student performance and demonstration of competencies.