Executive Master of Public Health Program Curriculum

The community health and policy eMPH degree program consists of up to 48 credit hours of core public policy courses, electives, and additional required courses. Our curriculum ensures that all degree recipients are proficient in the community-focused work that undergirds the social mission of the institution while still meeting or exceeding the accreditation standards set forth by the Council on Education for Public Health. Additional requirements of the eMPH program consist of Applied Practice Experience and an Integrated Learning Experience.  These requirements ensure that students have the practical, research, communication and professional skills necessary to become leaders in the public health profession. 

Core Courses 

  • Biostatistics
  • Introduction to Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Administration Management & Policy
  • Social & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
  • Fundamentals of Public Health
  • Research Methods
  • Community Health Assessment & Improvement
  • Global Health Systems
  • Health Program Planning & Evaluation           

Other Degree Requirements 

  • Elective Course(s)
  • Applied Practice Experience
  • Integrated Learning Experience
  • Campus Visit/Orientation

Foundational Competencies of the Program

  • RESEARCH: Students will be able to use quantitative and/or qualitative methods to address questions in community-based and public health research.
  • EPIDEMIOLOGY: Students will use epidemiological methods to study the etiology and control of disease and injury in populations.
  • ENVIRONMENT: Students will be able to describe environmental conditions that affect the health of individuals and communities, particularly underserved communities.
  • COMMUNITY: Students will use community assessment methods that take into consideration behavioral, social, and cultural factors to understand public health problems and identify holistic ways to improve health, particularly in underserved communities.
  • LEADERSHIP: Students will describe the use of program planning and evaluation to address health problems in communities, particularly underserved communities.
  • POLICY: Students will describe the impact of health administration, management, and policy on the delivery, quality, access and cost of health care for individuals, communities, and populations.
  • APPLICATION: Students will apply skills and knowledge in public health setting(s) through supervised experience(s) related to professional career objectives.
  • INTEGRATION: Students will integrate public health theory and skills acquired from coursework, practicum, and other learning activities into culminating experience utilizing research methodology with a thesis as an outcome.

Course Descriptions

Core Courses

MPH 500e Biostatistics (3 credit hours)
This course introduces various statistical methods used in public health management, research, and education. Students are trained in biostatistical data analysis and the interpretation of standard statistical packages. (Fall and Spring) 

MPH 501e Introduction to Environmental Health (3 credit hours)
This course introduces all students to the fundamentals of environmental health sciences. It is designed to enable students to recognize environmental health problems, initiate assessments, and communicate with other professionals and the lay public regarding environmental health issues. (Spring) 

MPH 502e Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
This course provides students with knowledge of patterns of disease occurrence in human populations and factors that influence these patterns. The course is designed to enable students to identify and use systematic procedures that are helpful in determining epidemiological relationships. Students will gain insight and be able to recognize situations in their public health practice where epidemiological principles are to be applied. (Fall and Spring)

MPH 503e Health Administration, Management, and Policy (3 credit hours)
This course provides an introduction to major issues in management of health programs and services. The course exposes students to an overview of theories of administration. Specific aspects of health service delivery, policy and management are explicated with emphasis on the role of the manager in contemporary health systems. (Fall) 

MPH 504e Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3 credit hours)
This course provides a survey of the socio-structural, cultural, micro-ecological, and personal determinants of human behavior. This core course provides students with a general appreciation of the central role that human behavior plays in the development and prevention of illness and in the promotion of health. Specific interventions targeted at African Americans are presented to illustrate these theoretical constructs. (Fall) 

MPH 505e Fundamentals of Public Health (3 credit hours)
The interdisciplinary foundation course for first-year MPH students is designed to improve their analytical and practical skills in the fundamental principles (values and ethics) and core competencies in domestic and global public health issues. The course integrates theory and practice as important characteristics of learning and includes presentations by public health professionals, films, site visits, case studies, and individual and group presentations of assigned projects. (Fall) 

MPH 506e Research Methods (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to provide an overview of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and provide practical experience for students to apply skills learned. Qualitative research methods will be taught and practiced as a way of further understanding the deeper meaning and context of attitudes, beliefs and behaviors within communities and as related to program design and outcomes. This course is designed to assist students with the Culminating Experience Requirement. (Spring)

MPH 509e Global Health Systems (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to allow students to examine health systems from a global perspective, and understand approaches to evaluate and recommend improvements to their performance. The course focuses on historical overviews of health systems in developed and low and middle income countries and their attempts to address health related issues, including the burden of disease, vulnerable populations, and disaster management. In particular, an extensive overview of the financial, organizational, and professional complexity of the U.S. healthcare delivery system is presented.
MPH 510e Health Program Planning & Evaluation (3 credit hours)
This course introduces students to quantitative, qualitative, ethnographic methods of quality measurement and improvement in public health and economic evaluations of programs. Students will learn formative and summative program evaluation methods explore public health standards for conducting program evaluation and introduce student to the principles and practices of healthcare finance as it relates to economic evaluations of programs.

Elective Courses

MPH 507e Grant and Proposal Development (2 credits)
The design of this course familiarizes public health students (and others) with specific written and oral communication skills needed to develop successful, competitive grants and proposals for domestic and international health programs, public and private programs and community-based organizational settings. The course incorporates a focus on cultural competency while establishing fundamental proposal development skills that facilitate public health practice. Accordingly, students are exposed to basic principles and key concepts associated with competitive grant and proposal development.

MPH 511e Financial Management for Health Administrators (2 credit hours)
This course in Financial Management for Health Administrators is divided into two modules:  Economics in Public Health, and Public Health Budgeting and Financial Management.  Healthcare Economics is taught during the first half of the semester (through mid-terms); and Public Health Budgeting and Financial Management is taught during the second half of the semester (through finals).  
Healthcare Economics is taught during the first half of the semester (through mid-terms); and Public Health Budgeting and Financial Management is taught during the second half of the semester (through finals). The overall goal of this course will be to introduce students to the principles and practices of healthcare finance as they relate to economics, budgeting, financial management and reporting in the public health environment.

MPH 517e Statistical Computer Methods I (3 credits)
This course introduces computer methods and programming used in the management and analysis of public health data. Students will be introduced to the SPSS and SAS programs.

MPH 534e Health Communications (3 credit hours)
This course is intended to complement courses in social and behavioral approaches to community health. This includes the intervention core in Community Health Education and the social and behavioral science perspectives in MPH programs in general. This course is primarily a critical review of theory, research, and applications of mass media in public health but also includes discussion of planning principles in developing media-based public health interventions.

MPH 535e Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management (2 credits)
This course is designed to introduce students to the administrative, management, clinical, environmental, and social issues relevant to emergency preparedness and the management of disasters at the local health department level. The course provides an overview of the fundamentals of emergency preparedness and disaster management at the local public health department level. It also describes and defines the support role of federal, state and county agencies in disaster recovery and mitigation. The role of local public health departments as it relates to leadership, organizational readiness, resource allocation, communications, information gathering and dissemination, and clinical and environmental interventions will be explored.

MPH 622e Bridges to Health Equity (3 credits)
This course provides learners with knowledge of the ways through which diverse personal, socio-cultural and institutional factors impact health disparities. It will provide instruction in the concepts, methods, key issues, and research tools necessary for conducting health equity research, with an emphasis on the determinants of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status (SES), gender and environment and the research frameworks that are applicable to understanding the social determinants of health and intervening to improve or eliminate disparities. Prerequisite: MPH 500; MPH 502; or permission of the course director.

MPH 625e Spheres of Ethics (3 credits)
This course will provide a philosophically grounded introduction to ethics. This introductory course discusses ethics’ evolution from theology and philosophy to ethics and includes, but not limited to: morality, virtual ethics, bioethics, and public health ethics. Ethical approaches to social justice will provide a unifying framework for examining public health, racial and ethnic health issues, health and health care disparities. The course introduces the students to programmatic and research strategies for shaping individual, group, community engagement, public health and public policy.

MPH 693e/694e Directed Study (1-3 credit hours)
Directed Study is an MPH course in which students pursue independent research under the guidance of a MSM faculty member. Students can complete a Directed Study to pursue in-depth research in a general area covered in a course, or to explore a topic not normally covered in the curriculum. 

MPH 702e Cancer Epidemiology (2 credit hours)
The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the important concepts and tools fundamental to the understanding, design, and conduct of cancer epidemiology studies.  It will provide an overview of the biology of cancer, as well as the major epidemiologic concepts critical to cancer epidemiology.  We will study many of the major cancer sites, including breast, lung, colon, prostate, cervix and melanoma, reviewing descriptive data on incidence and mortality, risk factors, and methodological issues involved in studying these cancers.  We will review several major risk factors for cancer, including tobacco, nutrition, infections, and environmental exposures.

MPH 704e Introduction to Cancer Prevention & Control (2 credits)
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in this country, making its prevention and control important in public health practice. This urgency is exacerbated by the existence of racial/ethnic disparities in cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality. Using an integrative, collaborative and translational approach, this course is designed to examine concepts, methods, issues, and applications related to cancer risk reduction. Students will gain access to a broad perspective of scientific and public health practices. The spectrum of research and practices including diet and diet-related lifestyle factors (such as weight and physical activity) and tobacco (including prevention/cessation), will be studied in detail.

MPH 705e The Politics of Health Care Policy (3 credit hours)
The course has two primary goals – teach MPH students (1) that the formation of health care policy is a political exercise and (2) how politics – primarily the concern of politicians to be elected and re-elected – influences the formulation of health care policy.  By having a better understanding of and appreciation for the politics behind health care policy, MPH students will be more effective advocates for policies and programs they might support or champion over the course of their careers.   To that end, one of the key assignments of the class will be to write an outline and present to the rest of the class what ideal health care policy would look like. 

Description of Other Required Courses

MPH 690e Applied Practice Experience (3 credit hours)
Students complete a worksite experience (480 hours) at a public or private health service organization. Students apply classroom theory and competencies to practical situations in the field. This course also helps students identify needed job skills and possible work opportunities in their area of specialization. 

APE Learning Objectives - Students will be able to:

  • Apply public health theory, knowledge and skills in a practice setting.
  • Complete a defined project(s) in an area of public health practice including core public health functions such as needs assessment, program planning, program evaluation, policy development, educational campaign or applied research.
  • Relate principles of public health practice - organizational structure, local and organizational politics, program administration, community relationships, program coordination - to their defined project(s).
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge in an area of interest not covered in depth elsewhere in their educational plan.
  • Demonstrate competence in a public health practice area(s).
  • Demonstrate leadership, teamwork, communication skills and creativity in the development of a public health practice activity.
  • Integrated Learning Experience: Thesis

MPH 691e Integrated Learning Experience (3 credit hours)
This course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize and integrate the knowledge base and competencies acquired in coursework and practicum and demonstrate this achievement through writing and presenting a thesis. The Thesis is supervised by a committee comprised of at least one faculty member, one public health practitioner, and an expert in the student’s field of study. Faculty use this experience as a mechanism to evaluate whether the student has mastered the body of knowledge and competencies needed for public health research and practice. Prior to graduation, each student must present their thesis in oral and written form.

ILE Learning Objectives – Student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate their ability to critically examine selected issues related to public health,
  • Review relevant scholarly and professional literature,
  • Write an analysis based on that review, and
  • Design and implement an original research study that contributes to the knowledge base of the public health profession.


Core Faculty

Stephanie Miles-Richardson, DVM, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Assistant Dean for Graduate Education in Public Health
Director, Master of Public Health Program
DVM – Tuskegee University, Veterinary Medicine
PhD – Michigan StateUniversity, Environmental Health

Elaine Archie-Booker, EdD, RN
Director of Community Engagement, MPH Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
EdD - University of Georgia, Health Education
MS - Georgia State University, Urban Health             

Gemechu Gerbi, PhD, MSc
Director of Public Health Research, MPH Program
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
PhD – Tuskegee University, Integrated Biosciences/Epidemiology
MSc – Tuskegee University, Epidemiology/Veterinary Science

Reinetta Thompson Waldrop, Dr.PH, MSHS, FACHE
Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
MSHS – Georgia Tech, Health Systems Management Engineering
DrPH – University of Georgia, Public Health 

Valerie Newsome, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
MS – Florida A & M University, Psychology
PhD - Pennsylvania State University, Biobehavioral Health

Tabia Akintobi, MPH, PhD
Professor, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
MPH – University of South Florida, Public Health: Community and Family Health
PhD -  University of South Florida, Public Health: Maternal and Child Health