All students in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program complete core public health course work in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, social and behavioral determinants of health, and public health administration. Additionally, students complete coursework and participate in research experiences that develop their knowledge and skills specific to their selected concentration. A description of each concentration follows:
Students in this concentration focus on the social and behavioral sciences that are essential for understanding health behaviors and for developing effective health promotion interventions. Students complete coursework related to the social, behavioral, and cultural determinants of health, the design, implementation, and evaluation of health behavior change interventions, and the foundations of serving as a leader in community-based settings. Throughout the program, students work closely with faculty and community leaders who are engaged in research and practice across a broad and diverse range of communities and health issues.
The Biostatistics Concentration prepares students to select appropriate methodologies, develop innovative research designs, and analyze data from studies related to emerging public health issues. Coursework is completed in experimental analysis and research design, multivariate statistical analysis, and other advanced statistical methodologies. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and leaders in the community to apply research skills to practical projects related to public health.
Students in this concentration gain technical skills for the development, implementation and evaluation of practices that seek to identify, prevent or minimize the adverse impact of environmental and occupational hazards on human health. Students complete coursework related to the assessment and control of environmental and occupational exposures, the effects of these exposures on human health, principles of toxicology, and toxic regulations and policies. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to communicate environmental health risks to the public, analyze the impact of environmental assaults and exposures to susceptible populations, and manage environmental and occupational risks.
The Epidemiology Concentration prepares students to conceptualize a public health problem, design epidemiological studies, collect and analyze data, and interpret and disseminate results to a broad range of public health constituents. Students complete advanced coursework in epidemiological methods, and the epidemiology of chronic, infectious and social diseases. Upon completion of the program, students will have the skills to perform epidemiologic analyses that influence health and disease management and that contribute to the understanding of etiologies of disease prevention and wellness.
This concentration prepares students to assume leadership roles in the public and private sectors and to effectively create and implement policies and manage programs that promote the public’s health with the opportunity to focus on rural populations. Coursework is completed in health policy, finance and budgeting, public relations, program evaluation, leadership, legal issues, and resource acquisition and management. Students have the opportunity for significant research and practice involvement with public health and health services organizations in Indiana and beyond.