Online Master of Public Health Degree Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

The course information on this page provides a brief overview of general concepts covered in the MPH program. This information is meant to help you understand the type of information you will learn as a MPH student and the diverse ways that public health intersect with local, national, and global issues. An official description of each course along with course level learning outcomes can be found in the Ohio University Graduate Catalogue:

HLTH 6001 – Program Planning and Implementation in Rural Public Health

Planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion and health education programs are key skills for functioning effectively as a public health professional. These skills are outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing and supported by organizations such as the Institute of Medicine. Making decisions about the types of theory-based programs or strategies to implement based on both the community’s perspective as well as need (evidence), enhances the likelihood of their effectiveness.

HLTH 6002 – Program Evaluation in Rural Public Health

The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the fundamentals of health promotion program evaluation and research methods related to behavioral science and health education. Although the course emphasizes general evaluation and research methodology, specific health program and health policy applications are used as illustrations.

HLTH 6080 – Health Policy

Impact of health care public policy, including the health administrator’s role in policy analysis, development, interpretation, and implementation.

HLTH 6140 – Rural Health Disparities

According to the National Institutes of Health (2005), “Health disparities are differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of diseases and related adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups in the United States.” One of these specific population groups is rural Americans. Rural communities have a history of poor health, increased preventable disease rates, poor living conditions, limited access to health care services, inadequate public health infrastructure, and lower socioeconomic status, which set the stage for a perfect storm of health disparities. However, rural communities are also rich in culture, diversity, history, independence, social capital, and tradition, which can be utilized to improve health outcomes in these isolated and remote areas.

HLTH 6710 – Public Health Concepts

This course will focus on providing students with foundational knowledge of public health. Topics that will be addressed include definitions of public health, organizational structure, history, ethics, essential services, global programs, and future public health.

HLTH 6720 – Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health

Social and behavioral science concepts, diversity issues, theories of health education and promotion, applications to public health issues, and interventions in reference to communication, collaboration, and strategies.

HLTH 6730 – Epidemiology in Public Health*

The course will facilitate students’ understanding of fundamental epidemiological concepts (such as principles of causality), methods (such as epidemiologic study designs), and their practical applications (such as the concept of screening for disease; public health applications of the measures of disease frequency and the measures of exposure-disease association; and their role in public health decision-making).

HLTH 6740 – Biostatistics in Public Health*

Principles of biostatistics in the context of multiple public health applications including basic and advanced statistical techniques for analyzing and investigating public health issues including disparities.

HLTH 6760 – Environmental Health Sciences in Public Health

This course includes the characterization of components of our environment that can adversely affect human health and the policies and regulations designed to protect us. The course covers such topics as air/water quality, food hygiene, sanitation, municipal/infectious/hazardous waste, vector-borne disease, occupational health, legal/risk issues, and global environmental issues.

HLTH 6770 – Grant and Proposal Writing in Public Health

This course will examine grant language, research versus program grants, funders, different sections of common grants, and the writing of a comprehensive grant proposal. Methods and techniques for writing and managing grant proposals to support public health programs. Emphasis on development of grant proposals, including narrative, program plan, evaluation design, timeline, budget justifications, identifying grant resources, managing funded projects, and developing requests for proposals.

HLTH 6791        Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control

Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death.  The course will cover epidemiology, risk factors, extent, and contemporary public health approaches to prevention and control of major chronic diseases.  Despite continuous development of new treatments, the epidemic of chronic diseases necessitates a combined approach including not only the individual level interventions (medical treatment by clinicians), but also the population level interventions by public health professionals.

HLTH 6900       Special Topics in Health Sciences

This special topics course combines many of the interactional competencies that are vital to successful professional practice. Students will focus on weekly topics like interprofessional health teamwork, leadership, negotiation, budget and resource management, and communicating public health content through written, spoken, and visual formats. Students will apply these concepts by working together in teams, responding to case studies, writing reflections, and creating portfolio assignments that demonstrate mastery of information and applied professional skills.

HLTH 6920 – Applied Practice Experience

The Applied Practice Experience is the internship for the MPH program. During this course, students work in an applied community-based agency or organization of that aligns with their professional goals.  Under the supervision of a staff member in that organization, students will complete 200 hours of work focused on specific tasks that help them to further develop the knowledge and skills that they have learned in their coursework. This is typically completed during the fifth semester for part-time online students and at the beginning of the second year for residential students.

HLTH 6911 – Master of Public Health Integrative Learning Experience

The Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) Project is completed in the last semester of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program and represents the final major capstone project. Through a series of major written projects, students will integrate the knowledge and skills they have gained throughout the program to prepare a portfolio of products typically expected in today’s public health organizations.


*Required for the epidemiology certificate