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Degrees Offered

The Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences offers two degrees: Master of Public Health (MPH); Master of Public Health with a concentration in Border Health; and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH).

MPH: Health Promotion & Community Health Sciences

The MPH degree offered by the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences teaches students how to analyze public health problems using social and behavioral sciences and develop, plan, and evaluate effective programs and policies to address these problems. Students also complete a practicum as part of their training.  A wide range of electives and one optional concentration allows students to personalize their education within the 45 credit-hour program.

  • Master of Public Health (MPH): Health Promotion & Community Health Sciences

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

The DrPH program has been developed to prepare students to plan, implement, and evaluate interventions designed to improve community and population health status and to conduct high-quality research addressing important public health issues. Building upon a social ecological framework, the program emphasizes capacity building as a health outcome, and recognizes a multi-determinants health perspective in framing interventions and research. The program requires a minimum of 54 credit-hours depending on prior education and offers two dissertation formats.

Applicants must hold a master's degree from an accredited college or university and with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale). The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to the Doctor of Public Health degree program. An applicant may be requested to participate in a personal interview.

  • DrPH in Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences

MPH in Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences

SPH Core Areas

HPCH 604    Social Ecology & Health Behavior     

PHPM 605    Introduction to Health Policy & Management     

PHEB 600    Fundamentals of Epidemiology     

PHEO 600    Principles of Environmental & Occupational Health     

PHEB 602    Biostatistics I

HPCHS Concentration Courses

HPCH 605    Social & Behavioral Research Methods

HPCH 610    Community Organization & Assessment   

HPCH 611    Program Planning     

HPCH 612    Public Health Interventions

SRPH 680    Public Health Capstone    

HPCH 613    Program Evaluation     

Electives     2 Courses     

HPCH 684    Practicum     

       Total    45 credit hours

MPH in Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences with an Emphasis in Border Health

SPH Core Areas

HPCH 604    Social Ecology & Health Behavior     

PHPM 605    Introduction to Health Policy & Management     

PHEB 600    Fundamentals of Epidemiology     

PHEO 600    Principles of Environmental & Occupational Health     

PHEB 602    Biostatistics I

HPCHS Concentration Courses

HPCH 605    Social & Behavioral Research Methods     

HPCH 611    Program Planning

SRPH 680    Public Health Capstone    

HPCH 613    Program Evaluation     

HPCH 689    U.S./Mexico Border Public Health Systems & Practices     

HPCH 620    Introduction to Border Health     

Elective       2 Courses      

HPCH 684    Practicum     

        Total    45 credit hours

DrPH in Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences

Theoretical and Strategic Elements of Social & Behavioral Health (12 cr hrs)

Public Health History & Issues         

Theoretical Foundations         

Change Strategies & Interventions         

Program Evaluation

Populations, Settings & Problems (15 - 18 cr hrs)

Courses providing advanced knowledge for the development and application of theory and strategies to specific populations, particular settings, or problems of interest.

Research Methods, Data Management & Strategies (18 - 21 cr hrs)

Courses or demonstration of competencies must be approved by the student advisory committee but typically include familiarity with complex multivariate regression techniques, causal or hierarchical modeling, measurement, data management, qualitative methods, and research interpretation and integration.

Dissertation (9 cr hrs)

Total        54 cr hrs*

* This requires a minimum of required coursework with additional hours required depending upon the student’s background and particular field of study.

Last edited by: kristin.smith 05/27/2016

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