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Community Health Promotion M.P.H.

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Contact Information
School of Public Health, MMC 819, A395 Mayo Memorial Building, 420 Delaware Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-3500 OR 1-800-774-8636, Fax: 612-624-4498)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 48
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Public Health
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Through coursework and fieldwork taken at the School of Public Health, students in community health promotion develop basic competencies in theory, health behavior and policy interventions, assessment methods, cultural competency, and management. Each graduate should have the ability to: - Use theories of behavior and social change to inform the planning and evaluation of health interventions - Identify individual, community, and policy-level interventions that are effective in promoting healthy behaviors and social conditions - Design and implement effective individual, community, and policy-level interventions targeting a variety of health behaviors - Assess the health status of populations and communities - Utilize appropriate data collection strategies and qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate health interventions - Identify the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in influencing health behaviors and status - Develop and adapt approaches to solving health problems, taking into account cultural differences - Communicate health information effectively both in writing and orally - Advocate for public health programs and resources - Collaborate with public health agencies and other constituency groups - Coordinate and manage health programs/services - Relate ethical considerations and values to one's professional practice The M.P.H. in community health promotion is a good path for students planning for careers as public health practitioners or planning to pursue a PhD in social and behavioral epidemiology, which is available in the School of Public Health.
Accreditation
This program is accredited by Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants must have one year of community, social service or public health experience. An introductory course in statistics and three to four social and behavioral science courses are also required. The average undergraduate GPA for admitted applicants is a 3.5.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants are admitted from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, including social and behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology), the humanities, basic sciences (e.g., biology, nursing), and mathematics. There is no single appropriate undergraduate major; however, applicants should meet prerequisites by the time of admission. Who should apply? Individuals who want skills to: - influence policy and public opinion on health issues; - develop and evaluate innovative community-based programs to prevent disease and injury; - work with communities, health departments, and non-profit organizations and policymakers to create healthy living and working environments; - work on issues related to specific population, including youth and disadvantaged populations. And individuals who: - have a variety of backgrounds, including those trained in basic sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities; - want an M.P.H. degree; - plan to pursue a Ph.D. degree in social and behavioral epidemiology at the University of Minnesota; - have met the prerequisites listed below before admission. Prerequisites for Admission - Baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university - College-level courses in the following areas: - Social and behavioral sciences (at least 3 courses) - Introductory statistics (1 course) - One year of paid or volunteer experience in a public health, social service, or community setting Preferences for Admission - Strong personal statement indicating why applicant is interested in pursuing a community health promotion degree - Compatibility of interests with program faculty - GPA of 3.0 - Combined GRE score of 300 and analytical writing score of 3.5 - TOEFL score of 600/250/100 for international applicants - Strong reference letters
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
    • General Test - Verbal Reasoning: 150
    • General Test - Quantitative Reasoning: 150
    • General Test - Analytical Writing: 3.5
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 7.0
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 34 to 48 major credits and 0 to 14 credits outside the major. There is no final exam. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project: Integrative Learning Experience (ILE)
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Theory
PUBH 6050 - Community Health Theory and Practice I (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6051 - Community Health Theory and Practice II (3.0 cr)
Health Behavior and Policy Interventions
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
PUBH 6000 TOPICS: Urban Health and Social Policy
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· PUBH 6081 - Sex, Sexuality, and Sexual Health (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 6010 - Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 6055 - Social Inequalities in Health (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 6094 - Obesity and Eating Disorder Interventions (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 6000 - Topics: Community Health Promotion (0.5-4.0 cr)
· Intervention Approaches
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· PUBH 6025 - Designing e-Interventions for Public Health (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 6045 - Skills for Policy Development (1.0 cr)
· PUBH 6049 - Legislative Advocacy Skills for Public Health (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 6066 - Building Communities, Increasing Health: Preparing for Community Health Work (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 6074 - Mass Communication and Public Health (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 6078 - Public Health Policy as a Prevention Strategy (2.0 cr)
· SW 8551 - Advanced Community Practice: Assessment, Organizing, and Advocacy (3.0 cr)
Assessment Methods
Students are required to take 5-6 credits
PUBH 6035 - Applied Research Methods (3.0 cr)
choice of the following 2 courses
PUBH 6034 - Evaluation (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6852 - Program Evaluation in Health and Mental Health Settings (2.0 cr)
Additional Assessment Methods
Students must select one course from the following list:
PUBH 6636 - Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health Practice (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6414 - Biostatistical Literacy (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6451 - Biostatistics II (4.0 cr)
or PUBH 6617 - Practical Methods for Secondary Data Analysis (3.0 cr)
SPH Core Courses
PUBH 6250 - Foundations of Public Health (2.0 cr)
Biostatistics
PUBH 6450 - Biostatistics I (4.0 cr)
Environmental Health
PUBH 6101 - Environmental Health (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6102 - Issues in Environmental Health (2.0 cr)
Epidemiology
PUBH 6320 - Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6341 - Epidemiologic Methods I (3.0 cr)
Ethics
PUBH 6741 - Ethics in Public Health: Professional Practice and Policy (1.0 cr)
Management
PUBH 6751 - Principles of Management in Health Services Organizations (2.0 cr)
Applied Practice Experience (APEx) and Integrative Learning Experience (ILE)
PUBH 7096 - Applied Practice Experience: Community Health Promotion (1.0-5.0 cr)
PUBH 7094 - Integrative Learning Experience: Community Health Promotion (1.0-6.0 cr)
Electives
Electives to total 48 credits.
Joint- or Dual-degree Coursework:
Master of Social Work (MSW), Juris Doctorate (JD)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Students may complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Public Health Policy Interdisciplinary Concentration Area
The School of Public Health's Public Health Policy Interdisciplinary Concentration (PHPIC) focuses on promoting the health of populations and groups through public and organizational policy. PHPIC is open to students pursuing an M.P.H., includes coursework that explores the way in which federal, state, local, and institutional entities affect the financing, structure, and delivery of public health and medical care. PHPIC coursework provides a better understanding of the health care system as a whole and prevention policy. The challenging curriculum helps M.P.H. majors hone practical skills that are highly sought after in the public health and policy arenas. Students who pursue the concentration can chose courses that emphasize: - Understanding community dynamics - Developing advocacy skills for public health - Analyzing legal and policy structures - Evaluating and implementing policies and programs - Influencing community health - Motivating and educating stakeholders and decision-makers - Using policy as prevention strategy - Eliminating health disparities through policy SPH graduate students must complete a formal program plan if they want the PHPIC to appear on their transcripts. For more information, contact Carol Francis, interdisciplinary concentrations coordinator, at franc004@umn.edu or 612-624-6952.
 
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PUBH 6050 - Community Health Theory and Practice I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Socioenvironmental factors influencing health-related behavior. Role of groups, institutions, social structures in encouraging healthy, unhealthy behavior. Role of interventions affecting social environment. Barriers to interventions. Individual behavior change theories.
PUBH 6051 - Community Health Theory and Practice II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02009 - PubH 6051/Pubh 6673
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Skill development for developing community health interventions, budgets, implementation plans, and grant proposals. Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for PubH 6673.
PUBH 6081 - Sex, Sexuality, and Sexual Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course is a graduate-level class for students preparing for careers in public health research and practice where sex, sexuality, and sexual health are key components. It is a highly applied, highly interactive course focused on developing skills needed in sex research and sexual health practice. The teaching pedagogical approach is a "flipped classroom" where students are expected to learn the content from the assigned audiotaped lectures, movies and readings, and to come to class ready to participate in exercises, discuss case studies, complete assignments and immerse themselves in public health practice and research focused on sex, sexuality, and sexual health. The purpose of this graduate level course is to prepare health professionals for a professional career addressing community and population sexual health concerns by deepening their knowledge of and exposure to research practice in the field, increasing comfort familiarity and ability to speak on sexual health topics, and by practicing their skills. The assignments focus on hot topics in sex and sexual health, and are designed to increase knowledge of the field of sexual health, while developing skills in conceptualization, measurement, intervention design, and evaluation. Please note this course addresses the greatest challenges in sexual health facing our world, including such hot topics as the zika virus and HIV prevention, clergy sexual abuse, campus sexual climate, sexual harassment, LGBT health disparities, contraception, abortion, women's rights, teen sex, and unplanned pregnancy.
PUBH 6010 - Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00354 - PubH 3010/6010
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of public health approaches to AIDS epidemic. Epidemiological/clinical features of HIV infection. Impact of AIDS on certain communities/populations. Behavior change principles as they apply to AIDS interventions. prereq: Grad student or professional school student or instr consent
PUBH 6055 - Social Inequalities in Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Extent and causes of social inequalities in health. Degree to which understanding of these inequalities is hampered by methodological limitations in health research. Focuses on individual, community, and policy approaches to reducing social inequalities in health.
PUBH 6094 - Obesity and Eating Disorder Interventions
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Examine obesity epidemic, eating disorders, prevention and treatment approaches at multiple levels (individual, social, environmental, policy), links between obesity and eating disorders.
PUBH 6000 - Topics: Community Health Promotion
Credits: 0.5 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
New course offerings or topics of interest in Community Health Promotion.
PUBH 6025 - Designing e-Interventions for Public Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Provide an overview of how technology may be used as a recruitment, assessment, and intervention tool in public health research and practice.
PUBH 6045 - Skills for Policy Development
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Skills relevant to policy development and implementation for public health-related issues.
PUBH 6049 - Legislative Advocacy Skills for Public Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
State legislature as arena for public health practice. Skills necessary to operate in that arena. Analyzing emergence, development, and resolution of legislative issues of public health importance.
PUBH 6066 - Building Communities, Increasing Health: Preparing for Community Health Work
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Taught with Powderhorn-Phillips Cultural Wellness Center. Introduction to community building/organizing. Using culture as a resource for health, reducing barriers, identifying community assets, planning organizing strategy, understanding the impact of history. Emphasizes self-reflection and skill-building for authentic, grassroots community work.
PUBH 6074 - Mass Communication and Public Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00291 - Jour 5541/PubH 6074
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course provides an overview of theory and research that lies at the intersection of mass communication and public health. We examine the potential for media exposure to influence public health outcomes, both as a product of people's everyday interactions with media and the strategic use of media messages to accomplish public health goals. To this end, we will explore large-scale public health campaigns in the context of tobacco, obesity, and cancer screening. We also will explore news media coverage of controversial health issues, such as the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, and health information in entertainment media, such as smoking in movies. This course seeks to understand whether media messages have had intended and/or unintended effects on public attitudes and behavior. Although our focus is on mass media, interpersonal, medical, and digital media sources will be considered as well.
PUBH 6078 - Public Health Policy as a Prevention Strategy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Philosophical, ethical, economic, political, efficacy rationale for policy approach to prevention. Historical/current application of prevention policy to public health problems. prereq: 2nd yr MPH or public health MS student or [Epi, Biostats, Env Hlth, HSRPconcurrent registration is required (or allowed) in A PhD student] or instr consent
SW 8551 - Advanced Community Practice: Assessment, Organizing, and Advocacy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Community practice, including community organizing, policy advocacy, social service/change leadership. prereq: [5051, 5101, 8151, 8152, 8153, 8154] or MSW Adv Standing or instr consent
PUBH 6035 - Applied Research Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01873
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course teaches basic research skills needed to plan, conduct, and analyze data from a quantitative research project. Skills include developing research questions;performing literature searches; performing literature searches;developing questionnaires; implementing a study; coding, entering and analyzing data using STATA software; and writing reports.
PUBH 6034 - Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02013 - PubH 6034/PubH 6852
Typically offered: Every Spring
Developing useful program evaluations. Emphasizes skills for program administrators, planners. Needs assessments. Assessment of program design, implementation, impact. Cost-effectiveness analysis. Quantitative and qualitative data collection methods. Ethical considerations.
PUBH 6852 - Program Evaluation in Health and Mental Health Settings
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02013
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Understanding an evaluation study. Program evaluation. Applications to health and mental health settings. emphasizes public health.
PUBH 6636 - Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health Practice
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Qualitative inquiry, selected data collection, management, analysis methods for qualitative research in public health. Current approaches to assess strength of evidence of qualitative studies in public health. Provision of practical skills that can be applied in public health settings.
PUBH 6414 - Biostatistical Literacy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Develop ability to read/interpret statistical results in primary literature. Minimal calculation. No formal training in any statistical programming software. Biostatistical Literacy will cover the fundamental concepts of study design, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, odds ratios, relative risks, adjusted models in multiple linear, logistic and Poisson regression, and survival analysis. The focus will be when to use a given method and how to interpret the results, not the actual computation or computer programming to obtain results from raw data. prereq: MPH or certificate student or environmental health or instr consent
PUBH 6451 - Biostatistics II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Two-way ANOVA, interactions, repeated measures, general linear models. Logistic regression for cohort and case-control studies. Loglinear models, contingency tables, Poisson regression, survival data, Kaplan-Meier methods, proportional hazards models. prereq: [PubH 6450 with grade of at least B, health sciences grad student] or instr consent
PUBH 6617 - Practical Methods for Secondary Data Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Graduate level student or #
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to methods for finding, transferring, and processing existing data sources. Focuses on practical approaches to pre-statistical data processing and analysis with STATA using a PC with an MS Windows operating system. Complex survey samples, other survey biases. prereq: Graduate level student or instr consent
PUBH 6250 - Foundations of Public Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
In this course we will examine values, contexts, principles, and frameworks of public health. We will provide an introduction to public health, consider the history of public health, social/political determinants, impact of health disparities on race, class and gender, moral and legal foundations, public health structures, historical trauma and cultural competence, health and human rights, advocacy and health equity, communication and financing, and the future of public health in the 21st century. Grounded in theory and concepts, we will incorporate core competencies and skills for public health professionals and will focus on developing problem solving and decision-making skills through critical analysis, reflection, case studies, readings, and paper assignments.
PUBH 6450 - Biostatistics I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Descriptive statistics. Gaussian probability models, point/interval estimation for means/proportions. Hypothesis testing, including t, chi-square, and nonparametric tests. Simple regression/correlation. ANOVA. Health science applications using output from statistical packages. prereq: [College-level algebra, health sciences grad student] or instr consent
PUBH 6101 - Environmental Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles of environmental health relating to macro-/micro-environments and to products consumed or used by people. prereq: Public health [MPH or MHA or certificate] student or instr consent
PUBH 6102 - Issues in Environmental Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Current issues, principles, and methods of environmental/occupational health practice. prereq: Public health [MPH or MHA or certificate] student or health journalism MA major or nursing MS student or instr consent
PUBH 6320 - Fundamentals of Epidemiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course provides an understanding of basic methods and tools used by epidemiologists to study the health of populations.
PUBH 6341 - Epidemiologic Methods I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02236 - PubH 6320PubH /6341
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to epidemiologic concepts and methods: (1) Study design (randomized trials and observational studies); (2) Measures of exposure-disease association; (3) Casual inference and bias; (4) Confounding and effect modification.
PUBH 6741 - Ethics in Public Health: Professional Practice and Policy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to ethical issues in public health practice/policy. Ethical analysis, recognizing/analyzing moral issues. prereq: Public health [MPH or MHA or certificate] student or environmental health [MS or PhD] major or instr consent
PUBH 6751 - Principles of Management in Health Services Organizations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Understanding of and improvement in the competencies of managers in organizations, particularly as applied to health services and public health organizations. prereq: [Public hlth MPH or MHA or certificate] student or [environmental health MS or PhD] student or dentistry MS student or instr consent
PUBH 7096 - Applied Practice Experience: Community Health Promotion
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
MPH students are required to complete a supervised Applied Practice Experience (APEx). Students must address five competencies and must submit two products that demonstrate attainment of the competencies. prereq: CHP program, instr consent
PUBH 7094 - Integrative Learning Experience: Community Health Promotion
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
MPH students complete an integrative learning experience (ILE) that demonstrates synthesis of foundational and concentration competencies. Students in consultation with faculty select foundational and concentration-specific competencies appropriate to the student's educational and professional goals. prereq: CHP program, instr consent