About the Program
With dual degrees, students gain knowledge in two fields as they prepare for their professional careers. Dual degree candidates must be accepted into each of the programs in order to pursue the dual degree.
The Master of International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) program offers an innovative curriculum that allows students to develop an expertise in conflict resolution, build an international network of contacts, and gain practical experience through problem-based learning in international settings. The program’s strength lies in its interdisciplinary approach to the increasingly critical study of peace and conflict resolution, particularly at the intersection of public health.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) program, a CEPH accredited program in Community Health, trains professionals to promote the health of individuals, families, communities, and the environment. This is accomplished through a program that integrates education, research, and practice in a global environment. Our MPH has a Community Health Concentration, and is offered through the College of Health Sciences. The MPH degree extends clinical health orientation by incorporating broader knowledge and action related to preventing disease and disability and improving individual and population-level outcomes. Public health is centered in achieving health equity and reducing disparities, including understanding and addressing the social and community context of disease, illness, disability and recovery, as well as health promotion and health research. Our MPH trains students to work effectively as public health professionals in local and global communities through a wide variety of health-related organizations.
Highlights of our program curricula includes the following:
- Program planning and evaluation
- Healthcare and broader public health policy
- Epidemiology, research methods, and biostatistics
- Public health communication for the community
- Capstone projects that integrate practice and research
- Internships that give students first-hand experience in public health settings
- Domestic and international service projects and internship opportunities
- Interprofessional education experiences
- Four dual-degree programs: Physician Assistant; International Peace and Conflict Resolution; Physical Therapy; and Counseling.
The MPH program educates future community public health professionals to promote the health of individuals, families, communities, and the environment. This is accomplished through a program that integrates education, research and practice in a globally-minded environment. Our goal is that our students:
- Understand community public health and develop the skills needed to succeed in a public health career.
- Are engaged in an academic, applied environment that integrates community public health education with research and practice.
- Recognize the connection between health status and human rights and act to improve outcomes.
- Translate knowledge into practice through collaborative service projects and internships, both domestically and internationally with community-based organizations, health facilities, government organizations, 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.
Our program allows for broad interests in public health but we also encourage students to focus their coursework on a specific area of interest, choose an Internship experience that emphasizes their individualized interests, 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 area of interest.
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 to blend and build an interdisciplinary career.
This dual degree option in Public Health and IPCR prepares students to integrate their knowledge of public health, including program development, implementation and evaluation skills, to assist in conflict resolution and improving community health.
63 credits (27 IPCR credits (with 9 shared credits), 42 MPH credits (with 3 shared credits) for a total of 12 shared credits.
Leading to a Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and a Master of Public Health.
Upon Admission to the Dual Degree Program, students are advised to meet with the Dual Degree Program Advisors to develop a program plan of study.
Dual Degree in Public Health and IPCR Requirements
IPCR Electives (15 credits)
Students choose 3 (9 Credits)
- IP 511 Introduction to International Law (3 Credits)
- IP 515 Mediation and Conflict Coaching (3 credits)
- IP 530 Social Life of War: Political, Cultural and Identity Processes in Global Conflict (3 Credits)
- IP 535 Economics, the Environment and Development (3 Credits)
- IP 537 Restorative Justice (3 Credits)
- IP 542 International Health and Human Rights (3 Credits)
- IP 570 International Human Rights (3 Credits)
IPCR Required Courses (18 credits)
- IP 501 Introduction to Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution (3 Credits)
- IP 504 Foundations of Conflict Analysis (3 Credits)
- IP 508 A Case in Conflict (3 Credits)
- IP 533 Conflict Transformation (3 Credits)
- IP561 IPCR Colloquium (0 credits)
- IP 583 Internship (3 credits)
- IP 598 Capstone (3 credits)
MPH Required Courses (3 credits unless noted)
- PBH 501 Achieving Health Equity: From Individuals to Systems
- PBH 510 Health Care Systems and Public Health Policy: An Integrated Approach to Population Health
- PBH 530 History, Theories and Core Functions of Public Health
- PBH 560 Environmental Health: Impact of Community Health
- PBH 565 Effective Communication Strategies for Public Health Impact
- PBH 600 Introduction to Epidemiology
- PBH 620 Introduction to Biostatistics
- PBH 630 Program Planning and Evaluation
- PBH 640 Research Methods and Design for Health Professionals
- PBH 645 Developing Leadership and Practice Skills for Program Evaluation
- PBH 689.1 Public Health Internship Planning (0 credits)
- PBH 689.2 Public Health Internship
- PBH 695 Capstone Research Project Seminar I
- PBH 696 Capstone Research Project Seminar II