Master of Public Health
Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees are available with 51-unit concentrations in Biometry, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Health Promotion, and Health Services Administration.
Concentration in Biometry (51 units)
The Biometry Concentration is an applied biostatistics program to train health professionals in statistical methods and models appropriate for public health, medicine, and biology. The concentration provides students with the necessary training and background to function as practicing biostatisticians in government or industry. Some students have entered PhD programs in biostatistics upon completion of this degree.
There are three components to the program. First, students receive a basic background in public health issues and methodology through the core course requirements for the MPH degree. Second, a theoretical foundation in statistics is obtained through required courses in mathematical statistics. Third, a sequence of applied biostatistics courses along with computer applications provides students with the practical application of statistical methods to the analysis of public health and biomedical data. This approach is designed to train biostatisticians as part of a team of health professionals for addressing public health issues.
Concentration in Environmental Health (51 units)
This is a professional degree program involving coursework on environmental health, including water and air pollution, food sanitation, vector control, and solid and hazardous waste management, as well as core courses in other public health disciplines and practical public health field training through the practicum experience. The MPH is often the preferred degree for students who wish to work as environmental or occupational health practitioners.
Concentration in Epidemiology (51 units)
Epidemiology has often been termed "the basic science of public health." The Epidemiology Concentration provides training in the following areas:
The curriculum is designed to prepare students to be public health practitioners as well as for careers in teaching and research and as leaders in public or private health agencies and organizations. This degree typically requires two years of full-time study to complete. Students in the MPH degree program are encouraged to take advantage of selected advanced courses in the PhD program, which may provide expertise in methodology and study design. Students may also select courses in other departments at SDSU (e.g., Geography, Psychology, and Biology) or at the UCSD Medical School.
- Identification of biological, environmental, social, and behavioral risk factors for human disease.
- Determination of the distribution and etiology of health and disease in human populations.
Specialization in Global Emergency Preparedness and Response (51 units)
No new students will be admitted to the MPH in Global Emergency
Preparedness and Response for Fall 2013. No applications for this
program will be accepted for Fall 2013 admission.
This program will appeal to students who are or anticipate being employed in federal, state and local public health agencies or international health agencies, NGOs and private consulting groups, and military agencies for purposes of applied research. The program is intended to equip graduates with specialized leadership skills based upon previously attained advanced degrees. The graduates will meet the national and international demand for applied public health researchers among a workforce dedicated to emergency response, biodefense, and control of infectious disease.
The mission of this program is to provide innovative and relevant programs that reflect the changing global public health practice environment of emergency preparedness and response in order to educate a new generation of public health practitioners.
Concentration in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science (51 units)
Concentration in Health Management and Policy (51 units)
The curriculum in this program prepares students to meet the challenges of the health care marketplace. Coursework covers several of the following disciplinary content areas:
- Environmental - The structure and dynamics of the environment of health service organizations.
- Organizational - The configuration and functioning of health services organizations for maximum effectiveness, efficiency, creativity, and adaptability.
- Managerial - The health service manager's role in creating, improving, and maintaining high performance organizations.
- Financial and Quantitative - Use of quantitative tools to monitor, analyze, evaluate, and control health service organizations and costs.