Public Health in Clinical Systems
The Public Health in Clinical Systems specialization is designed for professionals who are interested in integrating public health principles within health professional disciplines to enhance the health of communities through clinical health-systems. This track is excellent for pharmacists, nurses, physicians and other health professionals involved in all levels (primary, secondary and tertiary) of disease and health risk prevention efforts. It prepares practitioners for diverse roles in assessing, designing and evaluating public health interventions in conjunction with interprofessional health teams and health-care systems. Students will learn how to engage communities with sensitivity to the social context, and to plan, implement, and assess the outcomes of public health interventions at the individual, family, community, or systems level.
Health professionals will be capable of working with public health and clinical health care systems and teams of other professionals, using scientific evidence to enhance health through risk factor management and disease prevention and management efforts. Therefore, this track is aimed at using evidence-based approaches to understanding the role of public health in one’s community or health-system, and then planning and evaluating programs in team settings. This specialization was developed using the groundbreaking Institute of Medicine report, “Primary Care and Public Health,” as a framework.
Students will take the required core Master of Public Health courses, including Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Leading and Managing Public Health Systems, Environmental Health, Health Care Delivery in the U.S., and Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health. In addition, students will be required to complete the Master of Public Health practicum and a master’s paper—each focused on Public Health in Clinical Systems. The 18-credit specialization curriculum is described below.
MPH 765: Cultural Competence in Health Professions
And choose 3 credits from the course listed on the Program Electives page