Dec 10, 2019  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Master of Public Health (3+2 Option)


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Admission into the Master of Public Health program is determined by the Division of Public Health Admissions Committee. The committee reviews all completed applications to ensure all prerequisites and admission criteria have been met. Shenandoah utilizes a 3+2 model in that a student may apply as an undergraduate student who has completed the prerequisite courses without having earned an undergraduate degree. For the 3+2 track, courses will only be accepted as prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better.

Entrance Requirements for 3+2

Regarding the 3+2 model, the applicant must have a minimum total of 97 college credits completed with a grade of “C” or higher for the 47 required prerequisite credits (and a “B” or higher in the classes marked with a “*” below).

Admissions Criteria and Process

While at Shenandoah a student must:

  • Have a 3.4 cumulative SU GPA at the time of application.
  • Successfully complete all undergraduate coursework required at SU (120 credits minimum).
  • Submit an application to the Master of Public Health program during the second semester of the junior year of pre-requisite study.                                                       
  • Follow all application requirements on the SU Graduate Admissions website for the MPH program.
  • In addition to MPH program application requirements posted, also submit a writing sample at time of application.
  • Receive a positive recommendation from the Division of Public Health faculty following an in-person interview.

 

Prerequisite Courses


Credits required (32 total)

 

ENG 101-Composition (Domain 1A)

3

MCOM- Principles of Public Speaking (Domain 1B)

3

MATH 207-Introduction to Statistics* (Domain 3)

3

BIO 231-Human Anatomy and Physiology I (Domain 4)

4

BIO 121-General Biology I (Domain 4)

4

PHIL 130- Introduction to Medical Ethics (Domain 5)

3

PSY 101-Introduction to Psychology (Domain 6)

3

SOC 101-Introductory Sociology (Domain 6)

3

PH 101-Introduction to Public Health*

3

WR 302-Writing for the Health Professions*

3

A minimum of 12 credits (4 classes from the following)

 

SOC 332-Medical Sociology

3

BIO 365/HIST 365- Diseases in History

3

PH 395-Topics in Public Health

3

PH350/GWST 350-Women’s Health

3

PH 202-Global Health

3

PSY 360-Biopsychology

3

EXSC 352- Sports Nutrition and Human Performance

3

KIN 252- Personal and Community Health

3

PSY 220- Child Development

3

BA 337-Introduction to Health Care Management

3

BA 470-Current Issues in Healthcare Management

3

KNS 370-Measurement and Evaluation in PE and Sport

3

A minimum of 3 credits (1 class from the following)

 

PSY 207-Quantitative Analysis in Psychology

3

PSY 208- Research Methods in Psychology I

3

PSY 209- Research Methods in Psychology II

3

SOC 350 Research Methods in Social Sciences

3

PH 301-Epidemiology

3

 

Division of Public Health

Dr. Michelle Gamber, Director

Health Professions Building, 1775 North Sector Court, Suite 220-B, (540) 665-5560

Public Health Program

The Division of Public Health is designed to advance the School of Health Professions’ mission by preparing public health students to approach population level health issues with evidence-based approaches that address a broad range of health issues at the individual, community, national and global level. This program will provide students with an opportunity to analyze current health problems from a variety of interdisciplinary and interprofessional viewpoints. This program focuses on rural and underserved populations, providing students with training in public health issues facing those living and working in rural and underserved areas. The MPH program blends the strengths and experiences of the Health Professions programs at Shenandoah University along with the community health agencies of Virginia and the surrounding areas.

 

Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is an interdisciplinary graduate degree in public health. The program provides coursework opportunities for students to obtain broad knowledge and basic skills in public health. Students are exposed to rural and underserved population health through advanced coursework, and gain experience in applying basic skills and advanced knowledge to health problems in rural or urban settings during applied practice experiences. The MPH program prepares students to enter a wide-range of public health positions that address today’s most challenging population health issues.

 

Upon completion of this program of study, students will be able to:

  • Apply evidence-based approaches for the development and evaluation of social and behavioral health interventions.
  • Apply the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
  • Examine patterns of disease and injury in human populations and apply findings to the control of health problems.
  • Evaluate environmental factors that affect the health of a community including biological, physical and chemical factors.
  • Apply statistical reasoning and methods in addressing problems in public health. 
  • Design, develop, implement and evaluate strategies to improve individual and community health.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of professional public health activities. 
  • Develop public health programs or strategies that are responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the communities being served.
  • Demonstrate ethical choices, values and professional practices implicit in public health decisions. 
  • Demonstrate the attributes of leadership in public health.

Degree Requirements

 The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree requires a minimum of 44 credit hours of graduate public health courses for graduation. Students must begin coursework in the fall semester of the year they gained acceptance into the program. Full-time students must progress through the program within four years including the applied practice experience. Part-time students must progress through the program within six years including the applied practice experience. 

Progression in the program is based on the following: completion of all coursework with grades of “C” or better; maintenance of a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (GPA); satisfactory annual evaluation; payment of all university tuition and fees; completion of health, safety and criminal background checks (if required at applied practice site).

Students who receive grades of “D” or “F” in a course are not permitted to take any new courses in the program and are placed on academic probation until all required work has been successfully completed. Courses may be repeated only once. Failure to successfully complete the designated requirements within two semesters results in termination from the program. Students who receive grades of “D” or “F” in more than two courses will be dismissed from the program.

PH 700 requires students to gain applied experience in a public health setting. Students are responsible for securing a suitable site, finding a preceptor and gaining final approval of the work that will be conducted at this site with their advisor.  Additionally, if the selected site requires immunizations, a criminal background, drug testing, etc. before a student can begin working at that site, it is the student responsibility to comply with these requirements and/or find a new site.  Failure to find a suitable site for the applied practice experience will result in the student not successfully completing this requirement and not graduating from the program.    In order to successfully complete this requirement, students must be at their designated site in-person for a minimum of 180 hours (at the same site) and successfully complete all agreed upon components of this experience. The final approval and final grade will be completed by the student’s advisor.  Additional information on the applied practice experience can be found in the Division of Public Health Student Handbook.

In addition to policies and procedures of the university as identified in this catalog and the Student Handbook, public health students are responsible for reading, understanding, and implementing the policies and procedures found in the Division of Public Health Student Handbook.

 

Full-Time Course Sequence

Fall, Year 1

Course               Title                                                                                Credit Hours

PH 501               History and Philosophy of Public Health                             2

PH 505               Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health                 3

PH 515               Principles of Epidemiology                                                  3

PH 520               Health Policy and Management                                          3

                                                                          

Subtotal Hours             11

 

Spring, Year 1

Course               Title                                                                                Credit Hours

PH 510               Biostatistics                                                                              3

PH 525               Program Planning and Implementation                                   3

PH 535               Health Communication                                                            3

PH 545               Public Health Perspectives on Chronic Disease                     3

 

                                                                           Subtotal Hours             12

              

Fall, Year 2

Course               Title                                                                                Credit Hours

PH 530               Fundamentals of Program Evaluation                                   3                          

PH 540               Rural Health Systems                                                            3                                                        

PH 550               Public Health Leadership & Professionalism                         3

                              Elective 1                                                                            3

                                                                          

Subtotal Hours             12

 

Spring, Year 2

Course               Title                                                                                Credit Hours

PH 700               Applied Practice Experience                                                4

PH 701               Integrated Learning Experience                                           2

Elective 2                                                                                                         3

 

                                                                           Subtotal Hours             9

 

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