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2009-2010 University Catalog 
2009-2010 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health – Master of Public Health

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The 44-credit-hour public health program focuses on analytical and applied tools needed to promote and protect the health of populations. Public health researchers and practitioners seek to improve the health of entire communities—from neighborhoods and cities to regions and countries. Their work often includes shaping policy, understanding program values and costs, and encouraging healthy behaviors through technologies, systems, and education. Because the field of public health is dependent on experts from a wide variety of academic disciplines, the USP program is interdisciplinary by design. The program’s unique approach utilizes knowledge and skills from scientific, regulatory, legal and public health perspectives. The experienced faculty, with distinguished careers in law, medicine, economics, community-based practice, education, statistics, public policy, and pharmaceuticals, teaches the program courses.

Upon completion of the MPH program graduates will be prepared to:

  • Use multidisciplinary knowledge and skills to analyze, compare and weigh alternatives, research, and assess specific public health problems.
  • Practice in and contribute meaningfully to diverse public health settings.
  • Conduct health policy analysis and research leading to better understanding of public health issues facing domestic and global communities.
  • Collaborate with community and government agencies, businesses, and health organizations to advance understanding and disseminate ideas to improve public health.

Upon completion of the MPH program with a concentration in health policy graduates will be able to:

  • Influence decision-making by applying a health policy perspective on community health problems.
  • Communicate the value of a health policy perspective on addressing the health of communities.

Students begin with core courses in statistics, management, epidemiology, environment and health, and the behavioral and social foundations of health and add expertise in law, policy, health economics and services, policy analysis, and ethical issues. These offer basic knowledge and skills, creating a foundation that can be utilized to improve the health of target populations. Available electives in risk assessment, social history, biomedical writing, and pharmaceutical business focus student learning in areas of personal and professional interest. When most coursework is completed, students apply their theoretical learning to a real-life situation, where course concepts are integrated with the daily problems experienced by people. This is the fieldwork experience, designed to integrate coursework and theoretical learning with the “real” experiences of community members. A capstone project further directs students toward future employment and personal development.

Students learn to develop and shape programs that affect the health of populations. Graduates can advocate for underserved populations through regulatory and legislative channels, implement programs in government, work in foundations, or direct health activities in industry. Coursework and research opportunities cover health policy as it relates to public health, including the roles of government programs and policies, professionals and their organizations, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and populations that need services and education regarding health and prevention. Individuals who already have a professional degree can benefit from this program if they wish to embrace a broad perspective on population-based health and want to shape health activities of business; federal, state, or local government agencies; or nonprofit organizations. The ability to conceptualize, analyze, and evaluate programs and policies is the direction of the USP public health program.

Additional information on the public health program is available on its Web page: www.gradschool.usp.edu/programs/publichealth

Core Courses

(Program requirements are subject to change.)

Applied Core (5 credits)

Electives (6 credits)

Any health policy course or course related to public health, with prior approval.

Total Credits: 44


Glenn Beamer
BA (College of William & Mary);
PhD (University of Michigan)
Associate Professor of Health Policy
Director, Master’s in Public Health Program
Phone: 215.596.3178
E-mail: g.beamer@usp.edu

Amy B. Jessop
BS (Penn State); MPH (UMDNJ);
PhD (Temple)
Assistant Professor of Health Policy 
Phone: 215.596.7616
E-mail: a.jessop@usp.edu
Research: epidemiology; liver disease; infectious disease

Shannon Márquez
BS (Prairie View); MEng (Texas A&M);
PhD (University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill)
Associate Professor of Global Health
Executive Associate Dean of Academic & Faculty Affairs
Phone: 215.596.8566
E-mail: s.marquez@usp.edu

Stephen Metraux
BA (Grinnell); MA (Texas); PhD (Pennsylvania)
Assistant Professor of Health Policy
Phone: 215.596.7612
E-mail: s.metrau@usp.edu
Research: Medicaid; mental health services; homelessness

Vandana Ahuja Miller
BA (Hindu College); MD (Lady Hardinge College, India)
Instructor in Biology
Phone: 215.596.7591
E-mail: v.miller@usp.edu
Research: immunology of infectious diseases

Claudia F. Parvanta
BA, MBA, PhD (Pennsylvania)
Professor of Anthropology
Chair, Department of Social Sciences
Phone: 215.596.8920
E-mail: c.parvan@usp.edu
Research: health behavior change; health and risk communication; global disease prevention and control

Laura Pontiggia
Doctor of Economics (Pavia-Italy); MS, PhD (Minnesota)
Assistant Professor of Statistics
Phone: 215.596.8914
E-mail: l.pontig@usp.edu
Research: statistics

Ruth L. Schemm
BS (Pennsylvania); MEd, EdD (Temple)
Professor of Health Policy
Phone: 215.596.8990
E-mail: r.schemm@usp.edu
Research: community-living, chronically disabled individuals; social history of medicine and health

Richard G. Stefanacci
BA (Boston College); DO (Kirksville); MGH (AT Still); MBA (Keller); AGSF, CMD
Associate Professor of Health Policy
Director, Institute for Geriatric Studies
Phone: 215.596.7466
E-mail: r.stefan@usp.edu
Research: geriatric policy; long-term care; Medicare

Vivian G. Valdmanis
BA (Michigan State); MPP (University of Michigan); PhD (Vanderbilt)
Professor of Health Policy
Phone: 215.596.7613
E-mail: v.valdma@usp.edu
Research: economic evaluation; medical interventions in low-income countries; hospital performance; the uninsured

Mei-Ling Wang
BA (National Taiwan Normal); MA (San Francisco University);
PhD (University of Maryland);
Associate Professor of Communication
Phone: 215.895.1155
E-mail: m.wang@usp.edu
Research: health communication; international health


Adjunct Faculty

Kevin Bain
BS, PharmD
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health

Mark Beers
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health

David W. Cragin
BS (Rhode Island); PhD (UC Davis)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacology-Toxicology and Health Policy

Allen Glicksman
Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health

Terri Maxwell
Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health

Diana Menio
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health

JoAnn Reifsnyder
Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health

Theresa Walls
BS (St. Peter’s); DO (PCOM); MB (Pennsylvania)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy

Douglas Weschules
BS, PharmD
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health

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