Master of Public Health: MPH@GW

Program Director  M. Turner

Program Description

This distance education track for the master of public health (M.P.H.) degree emphasizes local, national, and global health practice. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary teaching, and focuses on core competencies/skills and uses cases/other materials from both the U.S. and abroad. The pedagogy allows students to tailor their education to community level, national, or global interests in the U.S. and countries around the world, emphasizing interdisciplinary public health competencies, including biostatistics and epidemiology; cultural competency; health communication; leadership; professionalism; planning, implementation and evaluation methods; public health biology; and systems thinking.

The MPH@GW track is taught in 10-week quarters across the calendar year (4 quarters per year).

Mission

Provide a practice-oriented M.P.H. curriculum that enables graduates to be leaders in the design of population and community health programs in the US and globally. 

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Program-Specific Competencies

Upon completion of the program, students should possess the following functional competencies. 

  • Describe biological mechanisms of major diseases causing death and disability in the US and globally from a public health perspective. 

    Relevant course:
    PUBH 6001Biological Concepts in Public Health
  • Define communities and identify and assess relevant population health needs. 

    Relevant courses:
    PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
    PUBH 6500Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs
  • Assess the functions, capacities, management and governance of governmental, international and non-state organizations that comprise health systems.  Translate scientific and program evidence to inform the development of public health programs and policies within the context of health systems. 

    Relevant courses:
    PUBH 6006Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health
    PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
  • Apply public health theory and experiential evidence to develop and manage project, program and institutional strategies to reduce community and individual health risks to mitigate the impact of disease. 

    Relevant courses:
    PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
    PUBH 6503Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing
  • Conduct core program evaluations and complete an assessment of program outcomes, achievements, impacts and shortcomings. Communicate findings to stakeholders. 

    Relevant courses:
    PUBH 6501Program Evaluation
    PUBH 6437Global Health Program Evaluation
  • Apply relevant qualitative and quantitative tools and concepts to inform policy analyses for different audiences and topics. 

    Relevant courses:
    PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
    PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
    PUBH 6502Practical Data Analysis: PCH
  • Develop concise written and oral policy analyses for different audiences; identify the key strategies required to protect and advance health. 

    Relevant course:
    PUBH 6006Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health
  • Describe how health systems performance is affected by various approaches to health care organization, health law, health workforce development and health care financing. 

    Relevant courses:
    HSML 6202Intro/Health Services Delivery
    PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
  • Develop knowledge and skills in fundamentals of environmental health including the connection between population health and exposures to chemical, physical, and biological agents in the environment. 

    Relevant course:
    PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
  • Develop communication campaigns and strategies to disseminate health promotion information through media channels. 

    Relevant course:
    PUBH 6503Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 15 credits in core courses, 16 credits in program-specific courses, 10 credits in elective courses, 2 credits in a practicum, and 2 credits in a culminating experience. 

Required
Core
PUBH 6001Biological Concepts in Public Health
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
PUBH 6006Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
Program specific
PUBH 6050Introduction to Health Services Delivery
PUBH 6052Practical Data Management and Analysis for Public Health
PUBH 6054Community Engagement and Advocacy
PUBH 6437Case Study Methods for Global Health Evaluation
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
PUBH 6500Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs
PUBH 6503Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing
Practicum and culminating experience
PUBH 6014Practicum (professionals already working in public health may substitute an elective with appropriate approval)
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience (taken for 1 credit twice)
Electives
10 credits in any SPH graduate courses

Visit the MPH@GW website for an updated list of electives.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 45 graduate credits
  2. Course requirements: Successful completion of core and program-specific courses
  3. Grade point requirement: 3.0 (B average) overall grade point average
  4. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within four years.
  5. Transfer credit policy: Up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to a previous graduate degree may be transferred to the Master of Public Health program. Up to 18 credits may be transferred to the Master of Public Health from the SPH graduate certificate. Credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last 3 years with a grade point of 3.0 or better.