Cultivate leaders who are creative, critical thinkers, with the knowledge and skills to address evolving public health challenges.
- Practice-centered: Curriculum that integrates theory and application, with students engaged in real-world public health experiences.
- Evidence-based: Students trained to apply, and contribute to, evidence-based public health approaches.
- Equity-focused: Challenge and equip students to apply a health equity lens in all aspects of practice and research.
- Diverse: The learning experience is enhanced by valuing all people and perspectives.
- Collaborative: Interprofessional learning to strengthen the skills needed to impact population and community health.
Introduction to the MPH Program
The UNMC Master of Public Health Program is a specialized professional master’s degree program designed to prepare graduates for work in public health. Public health practice is increasingly regarded as important to citizen well-being as a means to better health and potential reduction in costs for critical care.
Core courses focus on the areas of knowledge basic to public health. Concentration areas emphasize the areas of prevention, scientific knowledge base, interdependency with other areas of knowledge and practice, and social justice.
Course material pays particular attention to health status, health outcomes, and health needs in special populations (e.g., racial and ethnic minorities, children, and women). Statistics related to these populations, as well as cultural and etiological considerations, will be discussed throughout the curriculum in an effort to instill in students the need for awareness of the health differences in population groups. The goal of this orientation is to equip program graduates to address society's public health needs. Elective courses will be drawn from a broad base of courses.
The MPH Program was approved by the Board of Regents and the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education in the summer/fall of 2001 and began admitting students in January 2002.
MPH Foundational Competencies
|Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health|
|MPH1||Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice|
|MPHF2||Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context|
|MPHF3||Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate|
|MPHF4||Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice|
|Public Health & Health Care Systems|
|MPHF5||Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings|
|MPHF6||Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels|
|Planning & Management to Promote Health|
|MPHF7||Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health|
|MPHF8||Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs|
|MPHF9||Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention|
|MPHF10||Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management|
|MPHF11||Select methods to evaluate public health programs|
|Policy in Public Health|
|MPHF12||Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence|
|MPHF13||Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes|
|MPHF14||Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations|
|MPHF15||Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity|
|MPHF16||Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making|
|MPHF17||Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges|
|MPHF18||Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors|
|MPHF19||Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation|
|MPHF20||Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content|
|MPHF21||Perform effectively on interprofessional teams|
|MPHF22||Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue|
- Master of Public Health, Biostatistics Concentration
- Master of Public Health, Emergency Preparedness
- Master of Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health Concentration
- Master of Public Health, Epidemiology Concentration
- Master of Public Health, Health Promotion Concentration
- Master of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health Concentration
- Master of Public Health, Public Health Administration and Policy Concentration