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2019-2020 Academic Catalog | Master of Public Health (MPH)

Master of Public Health (MPH)

 

Faculty

Dr. Nicole Betschman, Assistant Professor of Health Services
Denyse Barkley, Ph.D., RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Carrie O’Reilly, Ph.D, RN, Director of Clinical Simulation and Laboratory Operations; Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Kelley Wood, Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Description

The Master of Public Health prepares student to impact society by addressing health related issues such as healthy living and housing, behavioral choices, food access, healthcare availability, exercise venues, and environmental exposures. Trinity’s MPH offers unique tracks in Global Health Leadership, Public Health Crisis Communication, and Community Health.  Work environments include local, state, and national government institutions and non-profit organizations.

The MPH program is a 42 credit program with 24 required core credits and 18 required credits in a student’s chosen track in either Community Health, Global Health Leadership, or Public Health Crisis Communication.  Once admitted to the program, students may enroll in MPH courses on a full-time or part-time basis.  The MPH program is comprised of courses offered in the evenings and weekends using 8-week term and alternate weekly formats.

The online experience incorporates best practices in hybrid learning to include directed reading, lectures, podcast, quizzes and assignments. The face-to-face session will include lecture, discussion, group activities, and experiential learning.

The Master’s in Public Health is designed to educate the future trailblazers and leaders on local and global health initiatives!

Master of Public Health graduates will:

  • Effectively communicate community needs, program actions, and strategic plans in times of health crises
  • Create processes for standardizing data to improve health
  • Develop and implement culturally sensitive strategies and programs to improve health in communities
  • Critically analyze needs to lead organizational change in alignment with health priorities
  • Apply evidence to address health disparities
  • Utilize quantitative and qualitative data to impact health care systems
  • Implement strategies or programs that impact behavioral change

Successful completion of all coursework is necessary to graduate with the Master of Public Health degree.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Public Health program requires completion of 42 credits that can be completed on a full–time or part-time basis. Students enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester and are expected to maintain continuous enrollment until graduation

To earn the Trinity MPH degree, students must:

General Requirements for the Masters of Public Health Degree (MPH)

  1. Meet three general requirements to receive a master’s degree:
    1. Successfully complete all program requirements outlined in the Curriculum Plan.
    2. Successfully complete the capstone project (see Capstone Projects and Practicum below).
    3. Be in good academic standing (see Academic Standing below).
  2. Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to graduate. No student may count more than one course in which a “C” was earned toward a degree.
  3. Complete degree requirements within five years of matriculation as a degree candidate. Any request for an extension must be submitted in writing to the NHP Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee.
  4. Students who receive a grade of F in any course will be automatically dismissed from the program. Students dismissed from the program may reapply after 12 months following the MOT program dismissal. Reapplication does not guarantee readmission to the program.
  5. Meet ethical standards and professional behavioral expectations as determined by faculty review

Capstone Projects and Practicum

  1. Near the end of their degree program, all Master of Public Health students must complete a capstone project and practicum, which provides them with the opportunity to apply, synthesize, and evaluate knowledge and skills acquired during their graduate study.
  2. Students should consult their faculty advisor and course faculty for a description of capstone and practicum options and guidelines.
  3. Students should register for the capstone in the semester in which they plan to complete the project. Students who require more than one semester to complete the capstone project will be charged a continuation fee for each subsequent semester until the project is completed.
  4. Students must earn a minimum of a “B” in their final capstone, research project, or substitute, to graduate and receive a master’s degree.

Required Courses

MPH Curriculum

Core Curriculum (24 credits)

ADMN 613 Ethics for Leaders
ADMN 647 Epidemiology and Disease Prevention
HADV 621 Health Advocacy: Access and Navigation
HADV 631 Health Advocacy and Behavior Change
SNHP 530 Quantitative Research and Biostatistics
SNHP 630 Qualitative and Outcomes Research and Biostatistics
SNHP 691 Public Health Practicum
SNHP 699 Public Health Capstone

Public Health Tracks

Community Health (18 Credits)
HADV 601 Health Disparity and Social Inequality
HADV 603 Cultural Competence in Health Advocacy
ADMN 641 Public and Community Health
SNHP 535 Health Program Design, Planning, and Implementation
Electives

Global Health Leadership (18 Credits)
ADMN 603 Excellence in Leadership: Theory and Practice
ADMN 607 Accounting and Finance for Evaluation and Control
ADMN 615 Comparative Global Management Practices
SNHP 535 Health Program Design, Planning, and Implementation
Electives

Public Health Crisis Communication (18 Credits- select 4)
SCPR 530 Olivia Pope in the Real World: Rep & Crisis
SCPR 532 Social Responsibility in Public Relations
SCPR 540 Journalism and Public Relations Writing
SCPR 560 Digital Analytics
SCPR 622 Digital and Visual Storytelling


Electives

MSA/MPH Dual Degree Program

The MPH/MSA dual degree program offers an interdisciplinary, and cost efficient, approach to students earning two advanced degrees. The dual degree option allows students to complete one degree prior to completing the other. The MPH program may accept up to 12 credits from the MSA program.

Program Policies

Grades in Graduate Courses:

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to graduate. No student may count more than one course in which a “C” was earned toward a degree. Students who receive a grade of F in any course may be dismissed from the program.  Students dismissed from the program may reapply after 12 months following the MPH program dismissal. Reapplication does not guarantee readmission to the program.

Capstone Semester:

The MPH program requires students to complete a comprehensive capstone project, paper, or presentation in a capstone course as required by the degree and the relevant specialization. The comprehensive capstone project will consist of a proposal developed by the student and approved by the instructor.  Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in the Capstone Seminar to complete the program.

Dual Concentrations: If you are interested in more than one concentration or specialization to take advantage of unique career opportunities, please discuss this with your advisor or the program chair.

Cross-tallied Courses:
Unless noted otherwise, courses that are cross-tallied represent identical courses offered with a different program prefix. Students may not enroll in or receive credit for more than one iteration of a cross-tallied course even in different semesters.

Elective Courses:
All courses must be for graduate credit at the 500-level or higher to count toward the degree.

Pass/No Pass:
Graduate students may not take courses on a Pass/No Pass basis; courses taken Pass/No Pass do not fulfill degree requirements.

TELL Policy:
TELL credits are not applicable toward the degree.

Transfer Policy:
Students may transfer up to 6 graduate credits from other appropriately accredited institutions of higher learning toward the degree with approval from their faculty advisor. Associations recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEA) confer appropriate accreditation; these associations include but are not limited to regional accreditors.

Personal Health Insurance:  All MPH students are expected to have personal health insurance throughout the duration of coursework.

  • Insurance may be obtained through the Trinity Health and Wellness Center or through private insurance.
  • Students must provide proof of health insurance coverage by providing a copy of both sides of their insurance card upon request of the MPH program. This information will be kept on file while students are in the program.  Students must notify the program if insurance coverage changes and are expected to maintain a current card on file.
  • Students are responsible for any medical costs incurred while in the MPH program that are not covered by their personal health care insurance. Trinity does not assume liability for an incident or injury that may occur during a clinical or lab experience.

Experiential Learning Policy (TELL):
Trinity Experiential Lifelong Learning (TELL) credits are not applicable toward the MPH degree.

Transfer Policy:
A maximum of six transfer credits may be granted for transfer to a degree program. Courses eligible for transfer must meet the following requirements:

  • The course(s) must have been completed at a College or university accredited by the appropriate regional higher education accrediting association.
  • The course(s) must have been completed with a final grade of “B” or better.
  • The course(s) must have been taken at the graduate-level.
  • Each course must have been completed no longer than five years prior to the date of matriculation to the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

 

Course Descriptions

ADMN 603 Excellence in Leadership: Theory and Practice
ADMN 607 Accounting and Finance for Evaluation and Control
ADMN 613 Ethics for Leaders
ADMN 615 Comparative Global Management Practices
ADMN 641 Public and Community Health
ADMN 647 Epidemiology and Disease Prevention
HADV 601 Health Disparity and Social Inequality
HADV 603 Cultural Competence in Health Advocacy
HADV 621 Health Advocacy: Access and Navigation
HADV 631 Health Advocacy and Behavior Change
SCPR 530 Olivia Pope in the Real World: Rep & Crisis
SCPR 532 Social Responsibility in Public Relations
SCPR 540 Journalism and Public Relations Writing
SCPR 560 Digital Analytics
SCPR 622 Digital and Visual Storytelling
SNHP 530 Quantitative Research and Biostatistics
SNHP 535 Health Program Design, Planning, and Implementation
SNHP 630 Qualitative and Outcomes Research and Biostatistics
SNHP 691 Public Health Practicum
SNHP 699 Public Health Capstone

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