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2011-2012 University Catalog 
2011-2012 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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 education. Because the field of public health is dependent on experts from a wide variety of academic disciplines, the USciences program is interdisciplinary. The program engages skills and utilizes knowledge from social sciences, natural science, epidemiology, and law. Faculty from economics, sociology, environmental science, political science, and epidemiology teach the program courses.

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

  • Use public health multidisciplinary knowledge and skills to analyze and compare policy alternatives, and to research and assess specific public health problems.
  • Practice in and contribute meaningfully to diverse public health organizations and communities.
  • 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 community health. Available electives in risk assessment, social history, nonprofit management, health disparities, and urban health focus student learning in areas of personal and professional interest. Students apply their theoretical learning to real-life situations, where course concepts are integrated with public health practice. A culminating experience further directs students toward future employment and professional development.

Students learn to develop and shape programs that affect the health of populations. Graduates can advocate for underserved populations through administrative and legislative channels, implement government programs, work in foundations, or direct health activities in industry. Coursework and research opportunities engage health policy, including the roles of government programs and policies, professionals and their organizations, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and community services and education regarding health and disease prevention. Students embrace a broad perspective on population-based health and help shape health activities for federal, state, or local government agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations.

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

Core Courses

(Program requirements are subject to change.)

Total Credits: 44


Amalia Mary Issa
BS (Concordia); MS, PhD (McGill)
Professor of Health Policy and Public Health
Chair, Department of Health Policy and Public Health
Phone: 215.596.7033
E-mail: a.issa@usciences.edu

Glenn Beamer
BA (William & Mary); PhD (Michigan)
Associate Professor of Health Policy
Director, Master of Public Health Program
Phone: 267.295.3178
E-mail: g.beamer@usciences.edu

Michelle L. Bragg
BBA (Prairie View A&M); MS (North Texas); PhD (George Mason)
Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Public Health
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business
Phone: 215.596.7638
E-mail: m.bragg@usciences.edu
Research: health disparities; aging studies

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

Shannon Márquez
BS (Prairie View); MEng (Texas A&M); PhD (North Carolina–Chapel Hill)
Associate Professor of Health Policy
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy
Phone: 215.596.8566
E-mail: s.marquez@usciences.edu

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

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

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

David Perlman
BA (Emory); MA (Georgia State); PhD (University of Tennessee)
Visiting Professor of Health Policy
E-mail: d.perlma@usciences.edu
Research: health law and ethics

Andrew M. Peterson
BS (Rutgers); PharmD (Medical College of Virginia); PhD (University of the Sciences)
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Dean, Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy
Phone: 215.596.8877
E-mail: a.peters@usciences.edu
Research: pharmaceuticals

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

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

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

Adjunct Faculty

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

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

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