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Public Health Graduate

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program at Oakland University prepares graduates to help improve the health of individuals and communities by training tomorrow’s public health professional via a skills-based, hands-on approach to teaching. Using an innovative teaching model, the program incorporates service-learning opportunities and community-based participatory research throughout the curriculum.

Partnering with local non-profits, health care agencies, corporations, and more, students will have the opportunity to conduct research, determine community needs and develop initiatives to make a positive impact all the while completing coursework in pursuing the degree.

Application Deadlines for Fall 2018 Semester:

February 1, 2018 - Early Admissions Decisions and to be considered for Graduate Assistant
June 1, 2018 - Deadline for Fall 2018 admission


CEPH Self Study
Submitted August 18, 2017

Program Overview Advising
MPH
The mission of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program at Oakland University is to prepare graduate students to preserve, protect, and promote the health of human populations through organized community effort. We value the full and active participation of our community partners in the promotion of health. We strive through our teaching, research, and service to lift the capacity of our community partners to engage in public health practice including, but certainly not limited to, needs assessment; program planning, implementation, and evaluation; health policy formation; and health literacy campaigns. The goals of the Oakland University MPH program reflect our overarching purposes of instruction, research, and service.

Core Competencies
C1 Environmental Health Sciences
Describe specific approaches to assess, prevent, and control exposures to environmental hazards that pose risks to communities’ health and safety.

C2 Epidemiology/Biostatistics
Understand the distribution and determinants of infectious and chronic disease using surveillance, descriptive and inferential methods in population-based settings.

C3 Health Behavior and Health Education
Select and apply the appropriate theory, concepts, and conceptual model to drive public
health practice.

C4 Health Management & Policy
Incorporate evidence-based best practices into public health organizational management and health policy development.

Concentration Competencies
Oakland University's Master of Public Health Program provides its students with a rigorous and community-engaged curriculum that gives them the cutting-edge skills they need to engage in evidence-based public health. This will include translating empirical evidence into public health practice, as well as building the evidence-base through rigorous descriptive and evaluation research. Additionally, students will be able to specifically apply these skills to address health inequities through culturally competent intervention research and practice.

EBP1
Engage community members in a participatory process that prioritizes capacity building,
shared decision making, and trust in order to design and implement research studies, public health interventions, and policy.
EBP2
Develop and execute steps to plan, implement, and evaluate public health interventions and policies in specific target population.
EBP3
Employ relevant and customized oral, written, and new media forms of communication – including translation of epidemiological data and research findings – to effectively reach target audience
EBP4
Demonstrates cultural humility and respect by incorporating relevant values and traditions of communities being served (e.g., Arab, Chaldean, African-American, etc) into tailored public heath practice.
EBP5
Demonstrate ongoing engagement of best practices in public health by remaining current in scientific literature, use of new technologies, and ongoing engagement with public health community.
EBP6
Demonstrate ethical, community-oriented professional practices through collaborative leadership, team-building, and fiscal management

Goals
The program’s goals addressing instruction, research and service are as follows:
Instruction
Goal: To provide a high-quality, evidence-based and community-focused educational curriculum that prepares students for successful careers in public health.

Research

Goal: Engage in theory-based research, including community-based participatory research, to further knowledge and understanding of core public health issues.

Service

Goal: Faculty will launch productive health-related partnerships with relevant organizations.

The program has defined a series of measurable objectives for the goals:
Instruction
Objectives:
  1. Each academic year, 100% of MPH courses will provide evidence-based instruction in the core public health competencies.
  2. Each academic year, at least 60% of MPH courses will deliver service and/or experiential learning opportunities and other community-based participatory practices throughout the curriculum. 
Research
Objectives:
  1. All faculty members will produce at least one scholarly work annually as indicated by peer-reviewed publications, submitted internal/external grants or contracts, or presentations in the public health field.
  2. At least 60% of students will engage in student- or faculty-driven research over the course of their study.
  3. At least 80% of faculty members will bring their own research into the classroom. 
Service
Objectives:
  1. At least 80% of faculty members will be engaged in at least one productive partnership with a community-based organization.
  2. At least 80% of faculty members will be engaged in a productive partnership with a national, state, or local public health organization or nonprofit agency.
  3. The MPH program will foster engaged relationships through the creation and maintenance of the MPH Advisory Board.
  4. At least one faculty member will facilitate a public health service or training event in the local community each year.
Information Sessions
For more information, please attend one of our Info Sessions.  You will have the opportunity to meet an MPH faculty member, hear more about our program and have your questions answered. Information Sessions are held in Room 2045 of the Human Health Building, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 
-        5:30 pm
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 -   5:30 pm
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 -       noon
Thursday, November 16th -     Webinar at noon - (link will be emailed once registered)
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 -       noon and 5:30 pm
Tuesday, February 6, 2018    -     noon
Wednesday, March 14, 2018    -   5:30 pm
Thursday, May 17, 2018 -            noon and 5:30 pm


Sign up for an information session: Register Here.

For questions, please contact Janice Eaton at eaton@oakland.edu.

Curriculum

The 44-credit program can be completed in just two years of full-time study.

Master of Public Health Program Curriculum

  • MPH Core Required Courses (20 credits)
    • Statistical Methods in Public Health
    • Introduction to Epidemiology
    • Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences
    • Organization & Administration of Health and Medical Care Programs
    • Foundations of Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Cross-Cutting Competency Courses (8 credits)
    • Principles of Community-Based Participatory Research
    • Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation of Public Health Interventions
  • Required Culminating Courses (8 credits)
    • Public Health Practicum
    • Public Health Capstone
  • Elective Courses (8 credits)

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts indicating baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
  • Undergraduate overall grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Application for Admission to Graduate Study
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score from within the last five (5) years
  • Three (3) recommendation forms and supporting letters from faculty members, supervisors, or professional mentors
  • Personal Statement of no more than 1000 words describing the applicant’s reasons for seeking an MPH degree, related public health experiences, and long-term professional goals.
  • International applicants will additionally have to meet the University’s standards established in the International Student Supplemental Application Packet.

View the MPH Handbook