University of Massachusetts/Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Blended MPH Program on the Worcester Campus

Required Core Courses


PubHlth 540W Introductory Biostatistics: 
Principles of statistics applied to analysis of biological and health data, evaluation of public health and clinical programs, and estimation of the impact of environmental exposures. Students will gain a better understanding of the theory and application of statistical procedures commonly used in medical research.

PubHlth 620W Introduction to the US Healthcare System
Introduction to the philosophy, nature, and scope of public health and health organizations; administration and organization of governmental health programs, economic and political forces and their effects on health services.

PubHlth 630W Principles of Epidemiology: 
An epidemiologic perspective of health is introduced which includes methods for describing the patterns of illness in human populations and research designs for investigating disease etiology. Class examples illustrate a wide range of contemporary health problems. Students develop skills in reading health-related literature and insights into the analysis and interpretation of data pertaining to current issues in public health.

PubHlth 601W Application of Social and Behavioral Theories in Public Health Interventions 
This course will analyze methods and approaches used in community health development, health education and health promotion. Community and family dimensions of health education will be reviewed. Types of research methods leading to community action will be explored.

PubHlth 565W Environmental Health Practices: 
This course will introduce students to the complex field of environmental health and to important features of the physical, chemical, biological and global environments that affect the health and well being of communities. The course will cover traditional areas of concern, such as air and water pollution and hazardous waste, as well as emerging and contemporary problems relating to the global environment. Students will learn about methods for and approaches to the assessment, prevention, and control of environmental health problems.