Public Health


Masters Degree


Degree Details
  • Required Major Units
    44
  • Cost Per Unit
    $853
  • Estimated Major Cost
    $38k
  • Avg. Completion (Months)
    16
  • Accreditation
    WASC Accredited

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Master of Public Health



Overview

Change lives and make a difference in the local, national and global health community.

The purpose of the online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is to prepare candidates to advance professionally as effective, innovative and ethical health care leaders.  Curriculum is focused on core disciplines within the scope of public health practice including epidemiology, biostatistics, behavioral science, environmental and occupational health, and strategic management of public health services. 

Professionals in public health practice around the world are facing challenges - familiar, new, and emerging.  Chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and obesity continue to be leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. and beyond.  Infectious diseases such as influenza, pneumonia, and the HIV/AIDS pandemic continue to be problematic causes of mortality on a global-scale while emerging epidemics such as H1N1 influenza, SARS, avian influenza, and Ebola virus, have pandemic potential, capturing the attention of the public and of public health professionals alike.  Additionally, individuals continue to engage in risky behaviors such as tobacco use and substance abuse, compromising both individual and population health and wellness.  The U.S. and global populations are facing an unprecedented shift in aging which presents challenges as public health professionals attempt to prepare healthcare systems to accommodate specific needs of older adult populations. Meanwhile, there is increased awareness and importance focusing on disaster preparedness, whether from natural means or bioterrorism. 

Students in the online Master of Public Health degree program will develop specific knowledge and skills pertinent to gainful employment in the public health domain such as emergency services management, disaster preparedness, program planning and evaluation, academic and applied research methods, and NIH grant writing. 

Graduates will develop a population-based perspective of wellness supported by rigorous academic training that explores the relationships among environmental/occupational, physical, psychological, economic, social, and spiritual dimensions of health affecting the human condition and population health. Additionally, graduates are eligible to sit for the nationally recognized credentialing examination in health education–Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) or Master CHES (depending on years of professional experience)–offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

Consistent with the University student outcomes, upon completion of the Master of Public Health degree, graduates will be able to:

  1. Effectively present information orally and in writing.
  2. Assess needs, resources and capacities relevant to service in public health.
  3. Plan individual and population based health education
  4. Implement and assess individual and population based health education.
  5. Conduct research and evaluation related to public health.
  6. Administer and manage public health resources.
  7. Develop as a future public health resource.
  8. Develop as a future public health advocate.
  9. Integrate a Christian perspective as it relates to health and wellness.

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Course Requirements

Master of Public Health (44 units)

The American Health Care System

The American Health Care System

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the organization of the U.S. health care ?system.? It examines the major institutions, professions and political forces that influence the provision of health care services. Students explore the development of major components of the medical care system from an historical perspective by examining the changes in their organization and role over time. They also consider the major problems presently confronting each aspect of health care and discuss alternative means of resolving these issues for the future. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
HSC501 AE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Bonome, Janet H
Fall 2018
HSC501 AE Session 1
09/04/2018
10/28/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Environmental and Occupational Health

Environmental and Occupational Health

This course introduces students to physical, chemical and biological hazards found in the environment and health risks associated with workplace and community exposure to them. Risks to special populations and mechanisms of reducing or controlling these risks are discussed. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
HSC502 AE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Kim, Steve
Fall 2018
HSC502 AE Session 1
09/04/2018
10/28/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Public Health Promotion and Disease Intervention

Public Health Promotion and Disease Intervention

This course discusses approaches to health promotion and disease prevention intervention in different settings, using varied strategies, and for different target groups. The course is intended to be practical in nature focusing on the specifics of intervention development and delivery and how these might vary across settings, behaviors and strategies. The course will emphasize the careful exploration of examples of intervention creation, delivery and effectiveness. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the resources, and other practical considerations necessary to produce, deliver, monitor, and disseminate an intervention with demonstrated effectiveness. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2017
HSC516 AE Session 1
05/08/2017
07/02/2017
Online N/A N/A Bonome, Janet H
Summer 2018
HSC516 AE Session 1
05/07/2018
07/01/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health

Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health

The overall framework for the course is based on the bio-psychosocial or ecologic perspective on health. In these models, health is seen as being determined by biologic, behavioral, social, and environmental factors that interact with each other and, to a greater or lesser extent, can be influenced by individuals and groups. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2017
HSC522 AE Session 1
05/08/2017
07/02/2017
Online N/A N/A Mukaire, Pamela E.
Summer 2018
HSC522 AE Session 1
05/07/2018
07/01/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Current Issues in Public Health

Current Issues in Public Health

This course provides historical perspectives, definitions and discussion of current public health issues. Additionally, this course prepares future public health professionals to draw on knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines to define, critically assess/evaluate contemporary public health challenges. Topics may include emergency preparedness for environmental/natural disasters, bioterrorism and a review of the responding agencies (e.g. FEMA, etc.). In addition, determination of potential funding sources required to meet identified public health needs, with an emphasis on the process of formulating a fundable plan, and communicating that plan in NIH-style or an alternate appropriate format. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
HSC523 AE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
HSC523 AE Session 1
01/07/2019
03/03/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Strategic Management for Public Health Services

Strategic Management for Public Health Services

In this course, students will analyze how leaders account for internal and external factors to improve organizational and system performance, thereby meeting individual and community health needs. Some topics may include organizational resources, fiscal management, marketing, organizational leadership, etc. Students will also study strategy development and implementation that meets multiple stakeholder demands, with attention given to Continuous Quality Improvement/Total Quality Management. Students will examine contemporary health service issues through multi-disciplinary perspectives within organizational leadership, culminating in the articulation of a personal philosophy of leadership. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
HSC538 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
HSC538 AE Session 2
03/04/2019
04/28/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Principles and Methods of Epidemiology

Principles and Methods of Epidemiology

Principles and methods used to investigate the distribution, determinants, and prevention strategies for disease in human populations. Major topics include: disease classification, measures of disease frequency and relative effect, comparisons and contrasts of analytic study designs, methods used to isolate effects, statistical significance testing, interpretation of results, and screening for latent disease. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
HSC540 AE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
HSC540 AE Session 1
01/07/2019
03/03/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Health Law and Ethics

Health Law and Ethics

Students explore and analyze current ethical issues such as biomedical research, insurance statutes, and demand management. Students survey the extensive legal foundations of health care, and apply current case law to contemporary situations. Topics include legal aspects of legislation, patient rights, data security, professional liability, and labor relations. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
HSC552 AE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Sturz, Dominick L.
Fall 2018
HSC552 AE Session 2
10/29/2018
12/22/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Public Policy and Healthcare Advocacy

Public Policy and Healthcare Advocacy

This course includes a review of health policy actors and processes in the United States, roles of government, bureaucracy, and interest groups in health policy and the policy process. Students taking this course will also become familiar with common advocacy techniques and strategies used to initiate legislative and regulatory policies including coalition building, the use of policy studies, and media relations. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
HSC554 AE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Sturz, Dominick L.
Fall 2018
HSC554 AE Session 2
10/29/2018
12/22/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Global Health

Global Health

Introduces issues in international health, emphasizing core disease conditions, leading causes of death and disability within an international context, as well as programmatic and policy responses to improve international health. Topics may include environmental/natural disaster preparedness, food security, infectious/communicable disease management, essential drugs and immunizations, population/family planning and maternal-child health, traditional practices and cross-cultural communications, literacy, and international public health policy/advocacy. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2017
HSC557 AE Session 2
07/03/2017
08/27/2017
Online N/A N/A Sturz, Dominick L.
Summer 2018
HSC557 AE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation

Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation

This is an introductory, graduate level public health program planning, development, and evaluation course that broadly addresses program planning models, process of program development and methods of evaluation in the area of public health. This course will be focused on the following three areas: (1) study of program planning models, (2) process of program development, and (3) methods of evaluation in public health settings. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2017
HSC560 AE Session 2
07/03/2017
08/27/2017
Online N/A N/A Bonome, Janet H
Summer 2018
HSC560 AE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Research Methods

Research Methods

This course provides an introduction to research methods that examines two major approaches in research paradigms. The course will study in depth different types of quantitative research designs such as experimental, quasi-experimental, and descriptive approaches and students will initiate a research project that investigates behavior, knowledge, or attitudes factors that help students to understand the complexity of behavior change through the use of qualitative and quantitative data. Prerequisite: HSC 544 or STA 544. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2017
HSC590 AE Session 1
05/08/2017
07/02/2017
Online N/A N/A McKinney, Ogbochi A.
Fall 2017
HSC590 AE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Bonome, Janet H
Spring 2018
HSC590 AE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2018
HSC590 AE Session 1
05/07/2018
07/01/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
HSC590 AE Session 1
09/04/2018
10/28/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
HSC590 AE Session 1
01/07/2019
03/03/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Public Health Practice Experience

Public Health Practice Experience

This course consists of structured and supervised professional experiences. Students will demonstrate foundational public health competencies through applied practice experiences in appropriate sites outside of academic and classroom settings. Approved sites may include governmental, non-governmental, non-profit, industrial, university, wellness-center, or for-profit settings. (1 unit)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
HSC593 AE Session 1&2
01/08/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2018
HSC593 AE Session 1&2
05/07/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
HSC593 AE Session 1&2
09/04/2018
12/22/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
HSC593 AE Session 1&2
01/07/2019
04/28/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Applied Knowledge in Public Health

Applied Knowledge in Public Health

This course is a culminating experience that allows the student to demonstrate public health knowledge they have gained throughout the MPH program. The culminating exercise will be in the format of a comprehensive examination, research thesis or project. Students completing a thesis or project will prepare a presentation (both oral and written) that focuses on that experience. Prerequisite: HSC 590. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2017
HSC596 AE Session 2
07/03/2017
08/27/2017
Online N/A N/A Bonome, Janet H
Fall 2017
HSC596 AE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Bonome, Janet H
Spring 2018
HSC596 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2018
HSC596 AE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
HSC596 AE Session 2
10/29/2018
12/22/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
HSC596 AE Session 2
03/04/2019
04/28/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Biostatistics

Biostatistics

Biostatistics provides an introduction to selected important topics in bio-statistical concepts and reasoning. This course represents an introduction to the field and provides a survey of data and data types. Specific topics include tools for describing central tendency and variability in data; methods for performing inference on population means and proportions via sample data; statistical hypothesis testing and its application to group comparisons; issues of power and sample size in study designs; and random sample and other study types. While there are some formulae and computational elements to the course, the emphasis is on interpretation and concepts. Prerequisite: STA 144. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
STA544 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
STA544 AE Session 2
03/04/2019
04/28/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Course HSC 593 is taken twice.

Faculty

Dominick Sturz

Dominick Sturz, DrPH

Program Director

Associate Professor of Public Health / Chair, Health Science / Director of Masters in Public Health

Office Phone: (951) 343-2192
Email: dsturz@calbaptist.edu
Department: Health Science
Janet Bonome

Janet Bonome, DrPH

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Office Phone: (951) 343-2176
Email: jbonome@calbaptist.edu
Department: Health Science
Bochi McKinney

Bochi McKinney, DrPH

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Office Phone: (951) 343-2177
Email: omckinney@calbaptist.edu
Department: Health Science

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Official sealed transcripts
  • 2 recommendations - Recommendation Form
  • Current Resume
  • 500 word essay covering these areas:

    • Purpose for entering the program
    • Long term professional goals
    • Reasons for choosing to study at California Baptist University

    Applicants are considered based on a combination of GPA (minimum 2.75 for unconditional admissions; 2.5 for conditional consideration) and management and professional work experience.


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