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MPH in Primary Health Care and Health Disparities

Program Overview

Core Competencies


Beginning Fall 2018, incoming students will join this program under its new name, Public Health Practice.

To support working and distance students, coursework for the MPH in Primary Health Care and Health Disparities program may be completed entirely online. Online MPH students are fully enrolled into the School of Public Health and have the option to complete some of their courses in person.

The program provides a foundation in core public health disciplines of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental systems, behavioral theory and health systems organization. In addition, the program’s courses and field experiences address public health policy and practice with particular emphasis on improving primary health care accessibility and quality for underserved populations. The program is based on the concepts and principles of primary health care defined by the World Health Organization, emphasizing improvements in universal coverage, service delivery, public policy, leadership, and stakeholder participation.

Graduates include practicing clinicians, as well as a range of public health professionals are employed by state and local governmental agencies, non-profits and community organizations.

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Students graduating from this track will be able to:

  • Assess, analyze, and synthesize the health status of vulnerable populations.
  • Identify, develop and manage interventions to promote and protect the health of populations at risk.
  • Lead and participate in interprofessional efforts to address health inequities with community partners.
  • Conduct, participate in or apply research which improves the health of a population.
  • Assess and integrate cultural beliefs and practices into public health interventions.
  • Develop and plan interventions utilizing principles of health systems organization and health care finance to address health disparities.
  • Apply program planning and quality improvement principles in the development, management and/or evaluation of population health services.
  • Demonstrate basic skills in development of a grant proposal.
  • Employ techniques to manage human, fiscal, and other public health resources.

Application questions – Josh Hodsden, MBA

Registration questions – Laura Ehrlich, M.Ed.

Program Director – Elizabeth Needham Waddell, PhD