A concentration in Community Health, preparing you for community public health professions
Capstone projects that integrate practice and research
Internships that provide you with firsthand experience working in public health settings
Domestic and international service projects and internships
Option to incorporate more of an international focus in the degree with specific course selections and an international or global focus for the internship and Capstone project
What to Expect
The Master of Public Health degree provides training in the discipline of public health, which focuses on the health needs of communities and populations domestically and internationally. The core curriculum includes the five core areas of public health (epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, environmental health, and health care administration) and offers courses, an internship and Capstone project that prepare graduates to enter the field of Public Health as program planners, researchers, evaluators, and educators. The focus of the degree affords the student the opportunity to develop a general skill set that enables him or her to work in a variety of settings.
Arcadia's program trains students as public health professionals with an emphasis on community health. Each student is encouraged to focus coursework on a specific area of interest to him or her, choose an internship experience that emphasizes the interest area, and plan a Capstone project focused in the same area. In this way, each student can develop a specialized knowledge base about public health issues related to his or her specific areas of interest.
The Master of Public Health degree educates community public health professionals to promote the health of individuals, families, communities, and the environment through a program that integrates education, research and practice in a global environment. We aim to:
Educate community public health professionals and develop the skills needed to promote health within communities.
Provide an academic environment that integrates community public health education with research and practice.
Enhance the understanding of the connection between health status and human rights.
Translate knowledge into practice through collaborative service projects both domestically and internationally. This can be accomplished through internships and clinical rotations with community-based organizations, clinics, and local health departments.
Employ scientific investigation to advance public health knowledge of the relationship between health and the structural environment within which individuals live and work.
Upon completion of these degrees, all students are eligible to sit for the National Credentialing Exam in Public Health (CPH).
Public Health Core
Assessment and Analytical Skills
Demonstrates the ability to:
Assess the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness
Describe the characteristics of a population based health problem
Reference public health data sources and identify gaps in information
Make community-based inferences using qualitative and quantitative data
Collect, store, retrieve and analyze qualitative and quantitative data
Synthesize demographic, statistical, programmatic and scientific information
Communicates public health information effectively to multiple audiences.
Presents (orally and in writing) qualitative and quantitative data to address scientific, political, ethical and social public health issues.
Cultural Competency Skills
Compares across countries cultural and social paradigms underlying public health initiatives.
Leadership and Management Skills
Uses individual and team learning opportunities for personal and professional development.
Public Health Sciences Skills
Identifies the core contributions of the basic public health sciences (including biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health services administration, and social and behavioral health sciences).
Describes the scientific evidence related to public health issues through information retrieval from a variety of text and electronic sources and discusses the limitations of research findings.
Describes the laws, regulations, policies, and procedures for the ethical conduct of research.
Community Health Concentration Competencies
Program Planning and Policy Development Skills
Uses a global perspective to critique public health programs, research, policies, and health care systems.
Contributes to collaborative program planning and evaluation processes, including implementing, monitoring, and evaluating public health programs.
Cultural Competency Skills
Describes cultural and linguistic characteristics and literacy levels of populations to be served.
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
Systematically maps stakeholders who constitute the community linkages and relationships essential to involve in public health initiatives.
Identifies community assets including governmental and non-governmental resources in the delivery of public health services.
Leadership and Management Skills
Prepares a programmatic budget.
Describes the organizational structure and policies of a public health agency.
Adheres to an organization’s policies and procedures.
Identifies strategies to address the public health needs of a defined population.
Degree Requirements for the MPH in Community Health
Required Core Courses (27 credits)
PBH501 Social Determinants of Health and Disease (3 credits)
Selected Interdepartmental (ID) courses focused on Public Health Domestically & Internationally
Social Determinants of Health and Disease
Survey of the dimensions of health and disease from three perspectives: the U.S. historical experience with health and disease; the social context of health and illness, including the health care system and policy issues; and choices in healing, integrating conventional and complementary therapies. (Old #401) (Also listed as HE 501 (Old #401) )
Students will be introduced to the US health care system from an organizational, political and service delivery perspective and health care internationally. The basic components of the health care system and basic economic principles as applied to insurance, Medicare and Managed Care will be discussed. The role of government in shaping medicine and health care in the US and internationally also will be explored.
This course offers an introduction to the approaches and methods used in describing the natural history of disease in communities (descriptive epidemiology) and epidemiologic study design, bias, confounding, and measures of risk used in the study of disease etiology (analytic epidemiology). A critical review of the public health and medical literature is included. Lecture and discussions are supplemented with problem-solving exercises.
An overview of descriptive and inferential statistics needed to interpret health and data, and the statistics needed to analyze and evaluate the health literature and health services research. The focus is on the theoretical approach to understanding the application of statistics to health education and public health research. Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in Statistics.
This course explores the history, bioethics and current issues in health research in order that students may understand issues in research. The course will cover research and evaluation design, methods, instrument construction and interpretation of results in order that health professionals will be able to perform and critically evaluate research in their respective fields.
An independent research project is required of all students as a final demonstration of acquired skills and knowledge. Students have the opportunity to organize, synthesize, and communicate the results of the project both through an oral defense and in a written report. It is anticipated that all projects involve the analysis of quantitative or qualitative data. Students have the option of completing the written report in the form of either a thesis or a publishable research paper. Grant writing skills are presented.
Prerequisites: completion of all required coursework and permission of the Program Director.
A continuation of PBH 695.
Survey of the dimensions of health and disease from three perspectives: the U.S. historical experience with health and disease; the social context of health and illness, including the health care system and policy issues; and choices in healing, integrating conventional and complementary therapies.
Theories and Principles of Health Behavior and Health Education
This course introduces concepts, theories, and methods employed by behavioral scientists to develop, implement, and evaluate public health interventions. An overview of psychosocial factors related to health and illness behavior, models of health beliefs and behavior, strategies for health behavior change at the individual, group, and community level is presented. Emphasis is on the theoretical perspective and how theory can be applied to the design and assessment of public health and health promotion programs and interventions. (old #470)
Program Planning & Evaluation for Health Professions
This course provides an overview of models and approaches appropriate for designing and implementing health programs. The basics of the program planning, including needs assessment, operations planning methods, implementation strategies, and an introduction to evaluation techniques are covered. In addition, interpersonal, organizational, and community level influences are discussed using contemporary health behavior models.
Evaluation of Public Health Programs: Case Studies
Principles and procedures to evaluate public health, disease prevention, and health promotion programs are covered. Includes intensive critiques of case studies from the public health and disease prevention and policy literature. The selection of case studies is designed to reflect the diversity of methods and the range of possible applications.
This course is a collaborative couse of public health programs in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. It is being offered through the College of Physicians in Philadelphia and will focus on tracing the history and practice of public health as it specifically relates to Philadelphia. Fieldtrips to historic areas within the city and discussion of topics such as the outbreak and discovery of Legionnaires Disease will be highlighted.
An independent research project is required of all students as a final demonstration of acquired skills and knowledge. Students have the opportunity to organize, synthesize, and communicate the results of the project both through an oral defense and in a written report. It is anticipated that all projects involve the analysis of quantitative or qualitative data. Students have the option of completing the written report in the form of either a thesis or a publishable research paper. Grant writing skills are presented. Prerequisites: completion of all required coursework and permission of the Program Director. 490 (2 hour) weekly; 491 (1 hour) (biweekly); 492 (1 hour) (biweekly).
This course is designed to provide you with an interdisciplinary review of the use and abuse of
alcohol and other drugs. You will learn factual information about the use, abuse, and addictive
nature of alcohol and other drugs, while gaining insight into the complexity of treatment and prevention. Research and discussion leads to critical thinking about the social. Economic, and psychological aspects of drug abuse and rehabilitation. Course activities will challenge you to evaluate your own personal, academic, and professional factors that impact your ability to provide and develop effective health education and promotion services.
Survey of nutritional science as it relates to the needs of individuals and society. Examines
nutritional well-being, nutritional requirements and malnutrition states. Includes an evaluation of
alternative nutritional approaches, food politics and policies, and a global perspective of diets
around the world Emphasizes the relationship of course material to personal lives.
This course explores relationships between contemporary political, socioeconomic, cultural, environmental and demographic conditions and their impact on health and human rights from an international perspective. A major focus of the course is the evolution of health care delivery systems and governmental and non-governmental responses to health and human rights challenges. Other topics addressed include structural adjustment, population dynamics, child survival policies, water and sanitation, HIV/AIDS, appropriate technologies, international organizations, traditional healing, pharmaceutical policy, and human resources development.(old #542)
Exploration of concepts and principles of bioethics (e.g., informed consent, confidentiality, full disclosure, rights) as applied to selected contemporary issues important to the health professional. Includes reproductive technology, research on human subjects, justice and health care.
Applications to the M.P.H. program are reviewed on a rolling basis. Students may apply for admission to the program beginning in Fall, Spring, or Summer. Applications must be complete before they are reviewed for admission to the program.
The following program-specific requirements must be met:
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better in the major course of study.
One official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official.
Three letters of recommendation, at least one from a professor (if a recent graduate) and one from a health professional.
Test scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) taken within the last five years. Test scores are not required for students with an earned graduate degree in a related field per the department's review and approval.
Knowledge of the profession through work or volunteer experience.
International applicants should visit www.arcadia.edu/international for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. TOEFL/IELTS results are required for all students for whom English is a second language or who have not earned degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States also is required.
(Dual degree program expenses are listed under the specific programs.)
Tuition for 2015-16: $720/credit
Deferred Payment: $40
Parking: $40/semester (fall and spring) before 4 p.m. No charge after 4 p.m.
Dual Degree Programs
Our dual-degree programs train health professionals in the core areas of community-based public health. The application of the public health skill set added to the skills learned within the clinical and behavioral primary degree instills a public health perspective into the classes taken in their primary areas of study.
We offer the following Master of Public Health dual degree programs:
Community and Global Public Health faculty are actively engaged in collaborative projects, research and service to the public health community. Their endeavors provide students with the opportunity to participate in ongoing projects with community-based organizations and state and local government agencies. Some faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for work in their respective fields of expertise, while some are directors of local organizations addressing the public health needs of their communities. Many have been honored with service, teaching and research awards.