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MPH 600 Principles of Public Health


This course provides an overview of the public health field to begin to explore the gaps and inequities in health outcomes.  Students consider the history of public health practice and research, national and global structural institutions, and basic concepts and theories that inform public health practice.  Emphasis is placed on healthy equity from a population perspective. Major data and research resources are reviewed to support future research endeavors.

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Relate public health history, philosophy, and values to current programs or initiatives.
  2. Understand the core functions of public health, public health goal setting, and how measurements are used in reaching policy and programmatic outcomes.
  3. Describe the current healthcare field as it relates to population health.
  4. Identify and use public health behavioral theories, interventions, and strategies to describe examples of public health and how they contribute to population health and health equities.
  5. Define the fields of environmental health, community health, epidemiology, biostatistics, and their interrelationship.
  6. Articulate the interrelationship between international, federal, state, local, and community organizations and how they contribute to population health and health inequities.
  7. Locate and use key public health data sources.
  8. Summarize and analyze current literature and research on public health topics.

To find out more about Saint Mary's online Master of Public Health and its curriculum, call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor or request more information.