M.P.H. Public Health
Courses

39 credit hours
1 degree option

Master's in Public HealthFeatured Courses

Concordia Nebraska’s online master’s in public health features an engaging blend of theory and practice to prepare you for leadership and service in various public health careers. As you earn your MPH degree, you’ll study both the history and the future of public health—including ethics in research, applied epidemiology, environmental health and public health financing. 

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Master's in Public HealthSample Schedule of Courses

The following sample course of study is an example of the sequence of courses you might take in order to receive your degree. Please plan to discuss your actual course of study with your advisor, who can help you stay on track to meet your academic and professional goals.

Master's in Public Health Core Courses

MPH 500
Fundamentals of Public Health
This course provides an introduction and overview of the scope and history of public health and the core concepts that represent the foundation of the field.
3
credits
MPH 520
Concepts of Environmental Health
This course examines several concepts including biological, chemical, physical, and psychosocial aspects in environmental health and applies them to the prevention of environmentally induced diseases. Additionally, the course explores issues related to biological monitoring of environmental health hazards, health surveillance, environmental monitoring, and current environmental standards governing air, water, food, and soilquality.
3
credits
MPH 505
Biostatistics
Biostatistics introduces the concepts of fundamental statistical data analysis. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, standard probability distributions, sampling distributions, point and confidence interval estimation, hypothesis testing, power and sample size estimation, one- and two-sample parametric and non-parametric methods for analyzing continuous or discrete data, linear regression, ANOVA, and experimental design in addressing, analyzing and solving problems in public health, health care, clinical, and population-based research. The emphasis will be on interpretation, concepts, and use of statistical software.
3
credits
MPH 510
Applied Epidemiology
Students will examine core principles of epidemiology and statistical evaluation of the impact of microbial diseases on the health of community- and clinic-based populations. The epidemiology and prevention of chronic diseases will also be emphasized.
3
credits
MPH 525
Health Policy and Management
This course presents an overview of health policymaking and describes healthcare policy in the US with emphasis on Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. Emphasis will also be placed on management and communication strategies important to public health professionals. We will examine the roles of state and federal agencies in the healthcare as well as the ethical perspectives on health policy and individual and population rights. An overview of community health programs, health disparities and a brief comparative analysis of health care in the United States as compared to other countries will be discussed.
3
credits
MPH 515
Principles of Health Behavior
This course provides a broad overview of the field of behavioral health, examining a variety of behavioral models and theories in order to better understand behavior change, health risk behavior and psychological/behavioral factors that affect physical conditions in individuals and populations. Emphasis is placed on applying theory to a variety of health concerns.
3
credits
MPH 530
Methods of Research in Public Health
This course focuses on practical issues in health research studies. Topics include an overview of public health research, ethics in research, the theory/research relationships, formulating research questions, specifying study design and objectives, defining variables, the validity and reliability of measures, scale construction, formatting questionnaires, developing analysis plans, choosing data collection methods, sampling techniques and sample size, developing and completing research studies, preparing data for analysis, and reporting findings.
3
credits
MPH 598
Applied Research in Public Health
This course enables you to apply research methodologies learned in previous classes. You will complete a research project incorporating -research that can be applied to public health. You must incorporate a proposition that has been successfully evaluated and appropriately cited with statistics.
3
credits
MPH 599
Public Health Field Practicum
The practicum offers practical experience to build competence in the specialization of general public health.
3
credits
Total Credits
27

Community Health Concentration

MPH 560
Public Health Ethics
Coursework examines the fundamental ethical issues in public health research and practice, with a special emphasis on professional ethics, morality, and faith.
3
credits
MPH 584
Community Health
This course explores the nature, extent and causes of basic community health problems. Develop your understanding of the purpose, function, organization and administration of community health services at local, state and national levels.
3
credits
MPH 585
Programming and Evaluation in Public Health
This course focuses on the assessment of public needs and emphasizes the design, implementation and evaluation of programs using a multi-dimensional approach. The planning process is framed in current theory, such as logic models and analytics for evaluating effective community-based and focused public health programs.
3
credits
MPH 588
Marketing Public Health
This course offers an overview of the strategic and tactical practice of social marketing including basic principles, the planning process, the role of research in social marketing, message development and delivery, and evaluation of social marketing programs.
3
credits
MPH 583
Global Health
This course is a highly recommended face-to-face elective that introduces students to crucial global health issues and culminates in a weeklong, face to face, trip to a developing country; recent trips have been to Guatemala and Belize. Students will explore health determinants and key areas of disease burden which affect developing nations, understanding the role that health technology plays in solving these problems.
3
credits
Total Credits
15

Note: MPH 584 and MPH 585 are required courses. 

Health Policy and Administration Concentration

MPH 543
Leadership and Organizational Management in Health Care
This course is designed to increase your effectiveness and skill in analyzing and understanding health care organizations and their attendant processes. Behavioral science concepts and theories are studied. Individual, group, and structural behavior and concepts are presented. A special emphasis on leadership is provided.
3
credits
MPH 546
Public Health Finance
This course explores the acquisition, utilization, and management of resources for the delivery of public health functions and how those factors translate to population health.
3
credits
MPH 548
Human Resource Management in Health Care
This course explores the many aspects of human resources relative to a health care organization. Students will discover the role of human resources in supporting the strategic goals of the organization and identify the core functions of human resources, including payroll, benefits, employee relations, retirement and more. Students will have the opportunity to present on the life cycle of the employee and receive peer feedback on that project.
3
credits
MPH 588
Marketing Public Health
This course offers an overview of the strategic and tactical practice of social marketing including basic principles, the planning process, the role of research in social marketing, message development and delivery, and evaluation of social marketing programs.
3
credits
Total Credits
12
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