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Public Health Concentration

Bay Path University's Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) - Public Health Concentration is designed for students that want to integrate public health concepts into their current work or future career. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability to understand and apply public health concepts in real world settings is more important than ever. The program is 100% online and made up of 16 courses (12 core courses and 4 elective courses) for a total of 48 credits.

Students may choose from a variety of public health elective course topics including foundations of public health, environmental health, global health, epidemiology, and health programs.

CORE COURSES (12 REQUIRED, DESCRIPTIONS BELOW): HCM501, HSC701, HSC703, HSC705, hSC707, HSC713, HSC715, HSC790, HSC793, HSC797, PHE510, PHE517 
TRACK ELECTIVES (choose 4, DESCRIPTIONS BELOW): PHE500, PHE503, PHE515, PHE520, PHE530, PHE537, PHE545

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
HCM501 Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics 3

This course addresses the legal issues that are most prevalent in the delivery of healthcare. Emphasis will be on the common issues that healthcare professionals encounter. The student will be introduced to various legal terms, policy and statutes and their relationship to the healthcare system process. Additionally the student will be provided with foundational knowledge regarding healthcare law and ethics and the effect on healthcare policy.

HSC701 Leadership Theory in Healthcare 3

The purpose of this course is to explore leadership theories in the context of the changing healthcare environment. The student will develop a theoretical position regarding how to be an effective leader in a variety of healthcare and organizational settings.

HSC705 Transformational Leadership in Complex Healthcare Organizations 3

This course is designed to aid individuals in becoming transformational leaders. It serves as a comprehensive resource in developing the foundational, conceptual, interpersonal, and practical disposition essential to inculcate transformation leadership skills and abilities.

HSC707 Policy Leadership for Healthcare Transformation 3

This course is designed to aid individuals in becoming transformational leaders. It serves as a comprehensive resource in developing the foundational, conceptual, interpersonal, and practical disposition essential to inculcate transformation leadership skills and abilities.

HSC713 Quantitative Research Methods 3

This course is designed to introduce students to quantitative research methods. Students will develop the skills necessary to formulate appropriate quantitative research questions, collect quantitative data, select appropriate statistical analyses, and analyze quantitative data.

HSC715 Qualitative Research Methods 3

This course is designed to introduce students to qualitative research methods. Students will develop the skills necessary to formulate appropriate qualitative research questions, collect qualitative data, and analyze qualitative data.

HSC790 Research Project 1 3

This course will review proposal components, with particular emphasis on research design and developing the literature review, and will also focus on key issues such as research project format standards, time management demands, committee formation, IRB training, and project management. Students must submit their IRB proposal for institutional approval.

HSC793 Research Project 2 3

Doctoral students will be guided and assisted in the completion of research data collection, data analysis, conclusions, recommendations, and preparations for final methodology review.

HSC797 Research Project 3 3

A continuation of DHS 793, doctoral students will be guided in the completion of edits required by the research project committee and methodology review, and preparation for the project defense.

PHE500 Foundations in Public Health Practice 3

Students are introduced to public health concepts and practice. This course provides a broad overview of the field of public health and a focused look at the core areas of epidemiology and biostatistics, health promotion, environmental health, and health care administration in the public health arena. It is designed to lay the groundwork for all future coursework and introduce students to specialty areas within public health.

PHE503 Biostatistics 3

The purpose of the course is to provide students with an understanding of quantitative designs and apply statistics to answer population health questions. Applied statistical skills according to the type of study design for answering a particular research question will be covered. Critical appraisal of quantitative methodologies includes descriptive statistics, inference for means and proportions, ANOVA, etc. The analytic methods and applications will be linked to topics including health promotion, epidemiology, and program evaluation.

PHE510 Cultural Competency in Healthcare 3

This course will examine both analytical and practical approaches to cultural competency in public health. Concepts, models, frameworks, and communication that occur in cross-cultural health situations will be discussed, but also the application of these concepts in real interventions and programs.

PHE515 Epidemiology 3

This course will introduce the key terms and concepts of epidemiology with an emphasis on application for public health practice and utilizing epidemiology to increase understanding of current population health issues. Students will gain knowledge preparing them to calculate and interpret descriptive epidemiology terms such as of prevalence, incidence, and relative risk rates. Students will use epidemiology to better understand, characterize, and promote health at a population level.

PHE517 Health Behavior Theory and Practice for Public Health 3

Students will explore the history and current applications of social and behavioral sciences as they are applied to public health practice and research. The course analyzes social and behavioral science models, theories, and approaches that inform public health and their philosophical roots. The course also examines social and behavioral determinants of health equity across the ecological spectrum.

PHE520 Advanced Epidemiology and Surveillance 3

This advanced course on epidemiologic methods covers analytical epidemiological application to social and health sciences with an emphasis on population level health. Students will further develop skills needed to interpret the major analytic study designs used in population health and observational epidemiologic studies. The principles of public health surveillance, including the establishment of a public health surveillance program, the collation and analysis of data, and the preparation and distribution of a report is incorporated. The relationship between a public health surveillance program and public health action is explored in developed as well as developing countries.

PHE530 Environmental Health 3

This course is designed to provide graduate students with an introduction and overview of the key areas of environmental health. Using the perspectives of the population and community, the course will cover factors associated with the development of environmental health problems while providing an opportunity to think creatively about solutions to the complex issues.

PHE537 Global Health 3

Global health places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide by reducing avoidable diseases, disabilities, and deaths. Students explore some foundational competencies in global health education such as the global burden of disease, social and economic determinants of health, the globalization of health and health care, global health governance, human rights and equity. Students will discuss practical and ethical challenges in delivering care in low-resource settings, describe tools and strategies to address the needs of specific vulnerable populations and examine cultural awareness and its importance in caring for a diverse population.

PHE545 Health Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation 3

Students explore the fundamental concepts and techniques of planning, implementing and evaluating public health programs. These include program interventions, implementation and impact evaluation concepts, models, indicator development, methods of practice, data collection, analysis, and interpretation strategies. The course investigates the role of planning and evaluation in improving program implementation, management and outcomes.