MPH 501 Principles of Public Health


This course is designed to provide students with a foundation in public health principles, including introduction to the core areas of public health study and practice-biostatistics, epidemiology, health promotion, health services administration, health program planning and evaluation, and environmental health.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the public health paradigm and of the roles and functions of the essential public health services.
  • Apply the public health paradigm and a social ecological framework to identify and address the complex determinants of health and health disparities.
  • Incorporate qualitative and quantitative skills into innovative research and systems approaches to health problems.
  • Assess the public health needs of communities and make evidence-based decisions to evaluate the delivery of public health services and programs.
  • Cultivate collaborative partnerships and linkages across disciplines, sectors, and partners to enhance the impact and sustainability of public health programs, practice, and research.
  • Describe the organization and processes of the major public health surveillance and measurement systems, national and international, including the databases available to public health practitioners and researchers.