Public Health

Public Health

Program Director and Assistant Professor: Fore

Assistant Professors: Lindsay, Niu

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Public health has as a basic goal to improve the health of populations through planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs. Public health professionals design these intervention programs by using a combination of health education and related organizational, economic, legislative, and environmental supports to enhance the probability of creating a healthier populace.

The Master of Public Health Program curriculum prepares individuals to carry out the following core public health functions as defined by the American Public Health Association: assess both the health needs and the resources available in a community, assist in health policy development that supports programs in prevention, and assure that necessary, high quality, effective services including education are available to every citizen.

To meet this challenge, the MPH degree at Idaho State University is designed to meet the needs of two types of students:

  1. Those practicing health professionals who desire to augment their previous preparation so they may better implement health promotion strategies in their current work setting or community, and
  2. Those professionals who wish to train for careers in public health.

Core courses focus on the acquisition of requisite public health knowledge and skills in the disciplines of epidemiology, bio statistics, health policy management, social and behavioral sciences and environmental health. Elective courses allow the student to focus additional coursework in her/his chosen area of interest.

Admission Requirements

For classified admission into the program, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. The student must apply to, and meet all criteria for, admission to the Graduate School.
  2. Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point of at least 3.0 in upper division (3000-4000 level) courses. Applicants who currently hold a graduate degree must submit their transcripts. All official college transcripts must be submitted to the ISU Graduate School.
  3. Score an average of at least 40th percentile when considering both quantitative and verbal sections of the GRE general test but no lower than the 20th percentile in either section. No other instruments such as MCAT, LSAT, or GMAT may be substituted.
  4. Applicants currently holding degrees at the doctoral level from an accredited institution will not be required to submit GRE general test scores (this includes professional doctoral degrees such as PharmD, Juris Doctorate, Medical Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathy, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine). Students who are admitted as Classified w/PR status without GRE scores must take the general test within their first semester of enrollment. Continuation in the program is contingent on the student meeting GRE score requirements. GRE scores must be submitted to the Idaho State University Graduate School.
  5. Have two letters of recommendation from non-relative individuals familiar with applicant's academic or professional abilities (no personal references) sent to the Public Health program at the same time application is sent to the Graduate School. The letters must be sealed with the signature of the recommender across the envelope flap.
  6. Submit a typed essay (one to two pages, single spaced) describing applicant's interest in pursuing the MPH degree and vision of how it will facilitate the applicant's career goals.
  7. International students who have not graduated from an accredited college or university in the United States, and whose native language is not English, must achieve satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Satisfactory TOEFL requirements for classified admission are described in the Idaho State University Graduate Catalog under "Admission of International Students." In addition, international student applicants who have not graduated from an accredited college or university in the United States must take the GRE and are required to score in the 40th percentile on at least one area of the GRE, but no lower than the 20th percentile on the other section.

General Requirements

Applicants' transcripts will be evaluated by the Departmental Graduate Admissions Committee at the time of application to determine if deficiencies exist in the undergraduate coursework. Any deficiency that is identified must be made up prior to beginning the MPH program. Committee members will specify to the student courses that must be taken to rectify any deficiency.

Students pursuing the MPH degree must complete a minimum of 48 credits of coursework, including a 6-credit thesis or project and 6 credits of elective course work.

All students must maintain a satisfactory record of scholarship. A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) is required for any graduate degree or certification at Idaho State University. A grade below B is essentially failing at the graduate level. Students who earn a grade below a B in a core course will be required to retake that course. Students who earn grades below a B in two courses will be dismissed from the program.

Course Requirements
MPH 6601Applications in Epidemiology3
MPH 6602Biostatistics3
MPH 6604Social and Cultural Perspectives in Public Health3
MPH 6605Leadership Policy and Administration3
or HE 6605 Leadership Policy and Administration
MPH 6606Environmental and Occupational Health3
MPH 6607US and Global Health Systems3
MPH 6608Technological Applications in Public Health3
MPH 6609Seminar in Public and Community Health3
MPH 6620Health Program Planning and Evaluation3
or HE 6620 Health Program Planning and Evaluation
MPH 6640Research and Writing in Health3
or HE 6640 Research and Writing in Health
MPH 6650Thesis6
or MPH 6651 Public Health Project
MPH 6660Behavior Change Theory and Applications3
MPH 6655Public Health Internship3
Approved Electives6
Total Hours48
 

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Courses

MPH 5585 Independent Study in Public Health: 1-3 semester hour.

Individual work under staff guidance. Field and/or library research on specific health education problems of interest to majors and minors. May be repeated up to 6 credits. PREREQ: Permission of instructor

MPH 5599 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hour.

This is an experimental course. The course title and number of credits are noted by course section and announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times. May be repeated

MPH 6601 Applications in Epidemiology: 3 semester hours.

Facilitates an epidemiological approach to problem solving in the health sciences through practical application of field epidemiology concepts and methods. PREREQ: Permission of instructor if student is not in the MPH program

MPH 6602 Biostatistics: 3 semester hours.

This course will equip students with a conceptual understanding of the calculation and interpretation of inferential statistics in public health research. PREREQ: Permission of instructor if student is not in the MPH program

MPH 6604 Social and Cultural Perspectives in Public Health: 3 semester hours.

Exploration of multicultural health beliefs, health disparities and needs of our society focusing on local cultures to develop culturally competent interventions. Learn about ethical issues, social justice, community systems, coalition building, and development of community partnerships

MPH 6605 Leadership Policy and Administration: 3 semester hours.

Development of leadership and administrative skills which contribute to implementation of effective public health policies and programs. Students will learn strategic planning, facilitation techniques, communication strategies, budget development, and management. Equivalent to HE 6605

MPH 6606 Environmental and Occupational Health: 3 semester hours.

Understanding the interaction of humans with their environment and the implications of human actions. Learn about assessment and control of health risks posed by chemical and biological contaminants and physical exposures (noise, heat, and radiation) in occupational and non-occupational environments

MPH 6607 US and Global Health Systems: 3 semester hours.

Explore the historical and contemporary multi-layered social, cultural, political, and economic determinants in the US and internationally that shape health status, health behavior, and health inequalities. Practical application of creating appropriate interventions specific to the target population

MPH 6608 Technological Applications in Public Health: 3 semester hours.

Introduction and application of software programs utilized in public health practice. Examples include SPSS, MS Excel, GIS, EpiInfo, MS Publisher. PREREQ: MPH 6602

MPH 6609 Seminar in Public and Community Health: 3 semester hours.

Study of topics, trends and challenges within public health

MPH 6620 Health Program Planning and Evaluation: 3 semester hours.

Theory and processes of assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluating health education, promotion, and disease prevention programs. Principles taught in this course will be applied to community situations. Equivalent to HE 6620 and DENT 6630

MPH 6632 Community Health: 3 semester hours.

A study of the role of health education/health promotion in the community setting. Emphasis on methods to build coalitions to address community health concerns and on the role of needs assessment

MPH 6640 Research and Writing in Health: 3 semester hours.

Application of principles of research design in the health sciences. Requires preparation of a thesis/project proposal. Equivalent to HE 6640

MPH 6650 Thesis: 1-6 semester hour.

Completion of a thesis/manuscript. Practical application of knowledge/skills in a public health setting. May be repeated. Graded S/U. PREREQ: MPH 6601, MPH 6602, MPH 6603, MPH 6620, and MPH 6640

MPH 6651 Public Health Project: 1-6 semester hour.

Completion of a public health project. Practical application of knowledge/skills in a public health setting. May be repeated. Graded S/U. PREPREQ: MPH 6601, MPH 6602, MPH 6603, MPH 6620, and MPH 6640

MPH 6655 Public Health Internship: 3 semester hours.

Application of skills in a public health agency, organization or other entity to provide the student with practical experience in the field. May be repeated

MPH 6660 Behavior Change Theory and Applications: 3 semester hours.

Provides a basic understanding of the social, emotional, and lifestyle factors related to health behavior. Strategies designed to identify barriers to behavior and to enhance the health of selected populations are examined. Equivalent to HE 6660. PREREQ: Permission of instructor

MPH 6699 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hour.

This is an experimental course. The course title and number of credits are noted by course section and announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times. May be repeated

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