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Public Health

Bay Path University's Public Health curriculum covers a breadth of topics, giving students the knowledge to have rewarding careers in public health and to contribute to the future of healthcare.  Accelerated courses are offered completely online in eight-week modules.  

The 42 credit program is made up of 14 asynchronous courses (10 core courses, a practicum course, a capstone course, and 2 management electives). Asynchronous online courses allow students to access materials, lectures, assignments, and discussions on their own schedule. Students are given timeframes for completion of course activities and assignment, but the work of students and faculty occurs at different times. Asynchronous learning includes a variety of instructional methods including discussion boards, email exchanges, video posts, and other methods of communication. There are opportunities for synchronous meetings in all online courses.

Below are the descriptions for the required courses: PHE500, PHE503, PHE510, PHE515, PHE517, PHE520, PHE525, PHE530, PHE537, PHE545, PHE550, PHE555.  
Students will be able to select two of the following electives: ACC530, HCM500, HCM502, HCM503, HCM510, HCM511, HCM512, HCM513, HCM515,  MBA520, MLN500

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
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.

PHE525 Utilization of Research in Evidence Based Practice 3

This course provides an examination of the research process, statistical analysis, and evidence-based practice with applicability to public health practice. Attention is given to critical research methods, analysis, and ethical aspects of scholarly inquiry. Emphasis on how research contributes to the development of public health knowledge, improves population health, and enhances the education and professional accountability of public health professionals is presented.

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.

PHE550 MPH Practicum 3

Provides opportunities for hands‐on experience for MPH students at agencies or organizations engaged in public health practice. Students are matched with placement sites based on academic preparation and students’ career goals. The 160-hour practicum experience culminates in a comprehensive written report.

PHE555 MPH Capstone 3

This capstone course for MPH students examines the theoretical models, causes, consequences, and solutions related to health and health-care disparities in vulnerable communities in the U.S. and globally. Students engage in a community learning project to gain deeper understanding of the socio-cultural, economic, geographic, environmental, nutritional, political, and individual factors that contribute to health disparities and their solutions in the student’s local U.S. community.