2016-2017 South University Academic Catalog Version II [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Offered at South University, High Point; South University, Online Programs; South University, Tampa; and South University, Virginia Beach.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program at South University is a 56-credit program designed to educate students and working professionals about areas of critical importance to local, national, and international public health challenges. The MPH program is organized around a curriculum which consists of core competencies, principal courses, and a practicum experience. The core courses cover the five main areas of public health competencies. The principal courses are designed to cover a broad range of topics to help develop each student’s knowledge, skills, and abilities in public health practice and to further develop the skillsets of working professionals in the public health field. Lastly the students take part in a practicum experience that synthesizes information learned throughout the program and as such should be taken as the last course in the program.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the MPH program, student should be able to:
- Articulate and utilize core public health concepts in the areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, health services administration, and environmental health.
- Identify and assess the public health conditions, including assets and deficiencies, of populations.
- Demonstrate the ability to plan, implement, and evaluate programs and services designed to address public health conditions.
- Understand and employ an “ecological approach” to public health, with emphasis on the linkages and relationships among the multiple determinants of health to assure conditions that protect and promote the health of populations.
- Identify and analyze health disparities and design appropriate and culturally competent prevention and intervention strategies.
- Apply theory and knowledge in field-based settings, as evidenced by a competency level of knowledgeable to proficient across the eight competency domains for public health professionals:
- Analytical assessment.
- Policy development/program planning.
- Cultural competency.
- Community dimension of practice.
- Basic public health sciences.
- Financial planning and management.
- Leadership and systems thinking.
- Demonstrate skills in public health research and communication.
- Apply critical thinking skills within the context of public health policy, practice, and research.