Master of Public Health (MPH)
Enroll in Trinity’s Master of Public Health. Make an impact on tomorrow’s public health issues!
Trinity’s School of Nursing and Health Professions now offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program. Trinity’s Master of Public Health degree is an excellent next step for students from a wide range of disciplines, and especially those whose undergraduate majors are in Health Services, Psychology, Human Relations, Community Education, Business, Sociology, Communication, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Nursing and other similar fields. The MPH might also be an excellent second master’s for professionals already credentialed in Education, Healthcare or other human services professions. No GRE is required, but applicants should have a minimum 2.8 undergraduate GPA and recommendations from major professors or professionals familiar with the applicant’s work and skill sets. The application also requires an essay that gives the applicant an opportunity to state reasons for wanting to earn the MPH degree. The MPH degree plan is a 42-credit hour program conducive to working professionals. Courses are held evenings and weekends and combines face-to-face and online learning components. Students can enroll on a full-time or part-time basis.
Public health impacts every person in our society by addressing 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. There is a growing need of professionals in the public health field. Earn your MPH degree at Trinity – a master’s program 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
The Trinity Advantage
- Affordable: Trinity’s tuition for the MPH is one of the lowest in the region
- Alternate weekly format: Online courses with Friday and Saturday face-to-face sessions 8 times a semester.
- Attend full-time or part-time
- 42-Credit Hours (14 courses)
- Core Curriculum (24 credits/8 courses)
- Concentration Courses (12 credits/4 courses) and Interdisciplinary Electives (6 credits/2 courses)
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: Field Experience- Practicum (200-400 hours)
SNHP 699: Public Health Capstone
Public Health Tracks
Community Health (18 Credits)
HADV 601: Health Disparities and Social Inequity
HADV 603: Cultural Competence in Health Advocacy
ADMN 641: Public and Community Health
SNHP 535: Health Policy Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
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 Policy Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
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
Featured CoursesADMN 613 Ethics for LeadersIn the Ethics for Leaders course students will compare and contrast ethical frameworks, stakeholder relationships, and social responsibility in decision making, risk management, and corporate governance. Students will exercise critical thinking, consider the elements of ethical decision making, analyze current and emerging ethical issues in the business environment, appraise the role of values, morals of relevant stakeholders through advanced readings, analysis and presentation of alternative outcomes based on and case studies form current business and organizational contexts. Students will demonstrate values based leadership through advanced readings, experientia l exercises, the examination of case studies, and presentation of analysis and negotiated resolutions.
Prerequisite: Student must have completed a minimum of 21 graduate credits. HADV 601 Health Disparity and Social InequalityIn this course students explore and define their roles as health advocates for populations suffering from health disparities. Students assess differences in health, which result from environment, care (access, quality, or utilization), health status, or lack of awareness of health outcomes. Students will distinguish between disparities due to inequity (differences in rates of health outcomes) and disparities due to inequalities (unnecessary, unavoidable, unfair, and unjust health outcomes). Issues of social inequality and social justice are intertwined with health disparity, especially for disadvantaged and minority populations. Students analyze and categorize patterns within the health determinants of populations to identify disparitie s and th eir related social factors compared to non-minority or majority populations using data from the DHHS, CDC, NIH, Healthy People, and other sources. Students evaluate the effects of health disparities within specific populations, identify health determinants and social aspects influences on the health disparity, choose an appropriate comparison group, determine the appropriate measures, and evaluate existing programs, initiatives, or individual behaviors for effectiveness.
Prerequisites: None HADV 631 Health Advocacy and Behavior ChangeStudents engage in examining the relationships between behavior, choice, good health, and an improved quality of life for populations experiencing health disparities. Students will evaluate health behavior change models and theories for their application to behavior change and improving quality of life. Behavior change is essential to improving the health and quality of life for individuals and communities, especially for those who are experiencing health disparities. Unhealthy behavior and lifestyle choices effect much of the chronic ill health of the U.S. population. Health behavior intervention plays a key role in preventative health care. Chronic ill health is influenced by socioeconomic and sociodemographic factors leading to a grea ter heal th disparity for populations, which lack access or are disadvantaged due to social inequalities. Students conduct a needs assessment for a chronic health issue effecting individuals or communities experiencing health disparities, determine an effective health behavior model or theory and a working hypothesis, and develop a behavioral change program (method/intervention) to impact the quality of care and quality of life for populations effected by health disparities.
Prerequisites: None HADV 621 Health Advocacy: Access and NavigationIn this course students determine the appropriate roles a health practitioner might adopt to promote an individual or community's health care experience and to improve health outcomes. In an increasingly complex healthcare market and range of treatments it is important for the health care advocate to be able to assess a patient's diagnosis, risks, needs, and recommended treatment to direct individuals or communities to the best experiences and outcomes. This is critically important for minority, disadvantaged, or special populations who are often unaware of the severity of their conditions and potential health outcomes. Students demonstrate the ability to inform and educate individuals or communities of their health status, treatm ent plan s, access to quality care, community health services, and to advocate to insurance systems and health institutions in an ethical and caring manner to improve health outcomes and social inequalities.
Prerequisites: None SCPR 532 Social Responsibility in Public RelationsDoing good by doing well is the business model of corporate social responsibility. This course will explore the different aspects of social responsibility and the successful campaigns that pursue the greater good and still profit. The area of public interest communications is fast growing. Students will study the public relations strategies and tools that help lead ideas to success. Real world, real time case studies include campaigns gone viral, campaigns that have gained a celebrity following, and campaigns that spark movements.
Public Health Analyst
Public Health Preparedness Planner
Community Health Specialist
Health Communications Specialist
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