Upon satisfactory completion of the Health Sciences Program, Graduates should be able to:
Elements and Functions of the US Healthcare System:
Critique how the healthcare system and public policies impacts healthcare access, quality, and outcomes.
Role of Public Health:
Apply the core values, concepts, and functions of public health to address a major public health challenge.
Social Determinants of Health:
Explain the socio-economic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities
Research Methods and Analytic Strategies:
Describe the basic concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, use and analysis.
Design a project that uses the fundamental concepts of program implementation including planning, assessment, and evaluation to address a public health challenge.
In additional to general education purpose, Graduate Exercise Science Program seeks to assist students in meeting the following learning goals with associated student learning outcomes:
Learning Goal 1: Synthesize and apply advanced principles and concepts in exercise science
1.1: Apply advanced principles of exercise physiology including acute and chronic responses to endurance and resistance training of the cardiopulmonary, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems.
1.2: Describe the role of physical activity and exercise in health, well-being and disease states.
1.3: Integrate scientific rational and proven guidelines for the assessment and development of physical activity and exercise programs.
Learning Goal 2: Analyze scientific research in exercise science
2.1: Utilize the fundamental principles and concepts of conducting scientific research.
2.2: Integrate and apply exercise science principles to design and conduct a research study.
2.3: Be able to demonstrate proficiency in written, oral and visual communication skills for scientific communications.
Learning Goal 3: Describe the role of physical activity in public health
3.1: Describe the fundamental concepts and principles of public health
3.2: Plan and develop primary prevention programs or interventions for specific populations.
3.3: Construct an assessment plan for prevention in a community.
Master of Public Health (MPH)
The MPH Program in Urban Health has identified the following core public health and urban health competencies, which guide all program activities:
General Public Health Competencies
Assess the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness
Selects variables that measure public health conditions
Interprets qualitative and quantitative data
Utilizes data to address scientific, political, ethical, and social public health issues
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
Articulates the implications of policy options
Communicates in writing and orally, in person, and through electronic means, with linguistic and cultural proficiency
Applies communication strategies in interactions with individuals and groups
Cultural Competency Skills
Explains the dynamic forces that contribute to cultural diversity
Public Health Sciences Skills
Describes the scientific foundation of the field of public health
Applies the basic public health sciences (including, but not limited to: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, and social and behavioral health sciences) to public health policies and programs
Determines the limitations of research findings
The MPH Program has one area of specialization, which is “Urban Health”. The specific competencies selected for this specialization mirror the general competencies the guide the entire program and have been amended to take into account the health of urban populations:
Urban Health Competencies
Describes the characteristics of an urban population-based health problem
References sources of urban public health data and information Policy
Development/Program Planning Skills
Articulates policy options to address an urban health issue
Solicits input from individuals and organizations in urban environments
Presents demographic, statistical, programmatic, and scientific information for use by professional and lay audiences
Cultural Competency Skills
Considers the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in the accessibility, availability, acceptability and delivery of urban public health services
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
Establishes linkages with key stakeholders in an urban environment
Public Health Sciences Skills
Conducts a comprehensive review of the scientific evidence related to an urban public health issue, concern, or intervention
Retrieves scientific evidence from a variety of text and electronic sources
Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
Promotes individual, team, and organizational learning opportunities
All graduates fulfill the competencies that guide the MPH Program.
PhD in Population Health
After completion of the Population Health PhD program, graduates will be able to:
Apply knowledge of population health theories and principles.
Explain theories of population health and demonstrate how such theories impact population health assessment.
Use research methods and analytic strategies to contribute to body of knowledge.
Implement fundamentals of epidemiology, biostatistics, data analysis, research design and program evaluation.
Conduct high quality research on population health related topics, such as social, nutritional, pharmacological and environmental epidemiology; program evaluation; epidemiological, biostatistical, and health assessment methods development; exercise physiology; health economics; and health policy.
Publish research papers in top-quality academic journals and present findings at conferences.
Build and develop one’s own expertise in a research domain through active research and teaching in the classroom.