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MPH Interdisciplinary Concentrations

 

Available to Master of Public Health students in the School of Public Health, interdisciplinary concentrations are optional secondary areas of study to personalize and enrich the master’s degree.

Interdisciplinary concentrations are officially recognized areas of study, and are documented on the student’s university transcript upon successful completion. Completing a concentration does not necessarily extend the amount of time to complete an MPH program.

Questions? Contact Carol Francis (612-624-6952, franc004@umn.edu), interdisciplinary concentrations coordinator.

Students do not have to identify or apply to an interdisciplinary concentration prior to being admitted into an MPH program. Working with their academic advisors, students select from required and elective courses for a designated number of credits.

If you would like to add an interdisciplinary concentration to your curriculum, you must be enrolled in one of the following MPH degree programs at the School of Public Health:

  • Biostatistics
  • Community Health Promotion
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Public Health Administration & Policy
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Public Health Practice (Executive)
  • Public Health Medicine
  • Veterinary Public Health

Global Health Concentration

The Global Health Interdisciplinary Concentration (GHIC) provides MPH students with an understanding of how to define the constitution, cause and consequences of health problems worldwide. The program offers a unique opportunity to explore the relationships between health, environment, politics, culture and economic pressures in developed and developing nations.

Developing countries are currently undergoing profound demographic changes. These changes are accompanied by shifts in patterns of illness. In many nations, the major causes of morbidity and mortality are mutating from traditional infectious diseases to chronic, non-communicable maladies like cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes. As a result, there is increasing demand for qualified public health practitioners who can identify and help reduce the global vectors for chronic disease.

Practical application of theory in the field is a major component of the GHIC. In the classroom, students learn to identify major factors influencing global health and are provided with facts and concepts that could help develop appropriate policies to alleviate public health problems.

Curriculum

  • A total of 12 credits are required to complete the GHIC.
  • Working in Global Health and a Global Health Seminar Series are the only courses required of all students in this concentration.
  • The remaining 10 credits are achieved through elective courses that relate to global health.

In collaboration with your advisor, select 12 credits (minimum) from the following list:

Required Courses:
PubH 6131, Working in Global Health (2 cr)
PubH 6133 Global Health Seminar 1 or PubH 7262 Globalization and Health (1 cr)

Public Health Elective Course Options:
PubH 6085, Combating the Global Pandemic: Tobacco and Alcohol (2 cr)
PubH 6380, Ecology of Infectious Diseases (3 cr)
PubH 6132, Air, Water and Health (2 cr)
PubH 6134, Sustainable Development and Global Public Health (2 cr)
PUBH 6182, Emerging Infectious Disease: Current Issues, Policies and Controversies (3 cr)
PubH 6365, Epidemiology of Global Health (2 cr)
PubH 6385, Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases (2 cr)
PubH 6601, Born a Girl: Global Women’s Health (1 cr)
PubH 6605, Reproductive and Perinatal Health (2 cr)
PubH 6634, Advocacy & Children’s Rights (2 cr)
PubH 6686, Global Reproductive Health (2 cr)
PubH 6730, International Comparative Health Systems (2 cr)
PubH 6732, Topics & Methods in Global Health Assessment (2 cr)
PubH 6734, International Project Planning and Management (2 cr)
PubH 6734, International Health Systems: Development and Evaluation (2 cr)
PubH 6807, Global Health, Relief, Development and Religious & Non- Religious NGOs (2 cr)
PubH 6801, Health and Human Rights (2 cr)
PubH 6906, Global Nutrition (2 cr)
PubH 7262, Globalization & Health: Challenges & Perspectives Study Abroad (1 cr)
PubH 7200, Geothermal Energy and Environmental Hotspots (1 cr)
PubH 7200, Informatics in Global Health (1 cr)
PubH 7200, World Food Problems (1 cr)
PubH 7200, Global Food Safety System Leadership (1 cr)
PubH 7200, Global Health Care Systems: Lessons from Asia and Perspectives for U.S. Healthcare (1 cr)
PubH 7200, Public Health Program Management in an International setting (1 cr)
PubH 7200, Ecosystem Health (1 cr)
PubH 7200, Global Public Health Systems in Developing Countries (1 cr)
PubH 7230, Topics in Infectious Disease: Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Disease (1 cr)
PubH 7230, The Global Non-communicable Disease Epidemic (1 cr)
PubH 7230, Topics in Infectious Disease: Global Tuberculosis Control: A Public Health (1 cr)
PubH 7230, Topics: Emerging Infectious Diseases – Malaria (1 cr)
PubH 7255, Application of Epi Info Software in Epidemiology Investigation and Data Management (1 cr)

Other Course Options:
CSpH 5321, Public Health Priorities in the Developing World (3 cr)
ENT 5275, Medical Entomology (3 cr)
Glos 5403, Geography of Health and Healthcare (3 cr)
Geog 5411 Human Rights Advocacy (3 cr)
LAW 6886, International Human Rights Law (3 cr)
Nurs 5040H, Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues (3 cr)
Nurs 5221, Refugee Health: Trauma, Stress, and Coping (3 cr)
PubH 7242, War and Public Health (1 cr)
Nurs 6800, Public Health Nursing for Refugee Populations (1 cr)
Nurs 8241, Health Care Leadership for a Changing World (2 cr)
PA 5451, Immigrant Health Issues (3-4 cr)
PA 5452, Immigration and Public Policy (3 cr)
PA 5490, Child Labor (3 cr)
PolySci 5883, Global Governance (3 cr)
Pol 5485 Human Rights and Democracy in the World (3 cr)
SW 8525, Global Perspectives of Social Welfare, Peace and Justice (3 cr)

Field Experience

GHIC students are encouraged to hone their expertise by pursuing an international field experience. The School of Public Health has established relationships with collaborative institutions abroad.

Students may choose to go overseas or they may elect to do field work in the United States, where they can focus on the health issues concerning immigrants, migrant workers and traveling U.S. residents. Students may also create their own field experiences at international or local sites.

Public Health Policy Concentration

The Public Health Policy Interdisciplinary Concentration (PHPIC) focuses on promoting the health of populations and groups through public and organizational policy. The 12-credit curriculum includes coursework that explores the way in which federal, state, local and institutional entities affect the financing, structure and delivery of public health and medical care.

PHPIC coursework provides a better understanding of the health care system as a whole and prevention policy. The challenging curriculum helps MPH majors hone practical skills that are highly sought after in the public health and policy arenas, including:

  • Understanding community dynamics
  • Developing advocacy skills for public health
  • Analyzing legal and policy structures
  • Evaluating and implementing policies and programs
  • Influencing community health
  • Motivating and educating stakeholders and decisionmakers
  • Using policy as prevention strategy
  • Eliminating health disparities through policy

Curriculum

A minimum of 12 credits is needed for the concentration. Each PHPIC student is required to complete:

  • 3 credits in policy coursework from their home division
  • 2 credit policy course from outside their division
  • Capstone Policy Seminar (PubH 6045)
  • 2-credit practicum or internship focused in public health policy

An additional required two credits focused in public health policy will be taken through coursework or a Plan B paper based on the approval of the policy advisor in concert with the student’s academic advisor.

The required two credit policy course that is from outside a student’s division may be from another division within the SPH or elsewhere in the university. It must be approved by the policy advisor as providing sufficient depth beyond courses already taken.

The Policy Capstone Seminar (PubH 6045) is a one credit, required, interdisciplinary course focused on the skills needed to be effective in the policy arena.

All courses must be at a level acceptable for graduate credit (i.e., no courses below the 4,000 level and at least 75 percent must be at the 6,000 level or above).

Required Course:
PubH 6045, Skills for Policy Development – Capstone Policy Seminar (1 cr)

Public Health Elective Course Options:
PubH 6020, Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Science (3 cr)
PubH 6049, Legislative Advocacy Skills for Public Health (3 cr)
PubH 6078, Public Health Policy as a Prevention Strategy (2 cr)
PubH 6105, Environmental and Occupational Health Policy (2 cr)
PubH 6114, Foundation of Environmental and Worker Protection Law (1 cr)
PubH 6115, Worker Protection Law (1 cr)
PubH 6116, Environmental Law (1 cr)
PubH 6564, Managed Care (2 cr)
PubH 6569, Healthcare Policy (2 cr)
PubH 6600, Topics: Maternal & Child Health – Global Reproductive Health (2 cr)
PubH 6606, Children’s Health: Issues, Programs, and Policies (2 cr)
PubH 6607, Adolescent Health: Issues, Programs, and Policies (2 cr)
PubH 6627, Sexuality Education: Criteria, Curricula and Controversy (1 cr)
PubH 6630, Foundations of MCH Leadership (3 cr)
PubH 6634, Advocacy and Children’s Rights (2 cr)
PubH 6711, Public Health Law (2 cr)
PubH 6724, The Health Care System and Public Health (3 cr)
PubH 6730, International Comparative Health Systems (2 cr)
PubH 6835, Principles of Health Policy (2 cr)
PubH 7200, World Food Problems (1 cr)
PubH 7200, Community Organizing and Advocacy: Building Political Power & Moving People to Action (1.5 cr)
PubH 7226, Media Relations Practicum (1 cr)

Other Course Options:
PA 5002, Introduction to Policy Analysis (1.5 cr)
PA 5011, Public Management and Leadership (3 cr)
PA 5012, Politics of Public Affairs (3 cr)
PA 5401, Poverty Inequality and Public Policy (3 cr)
PA 5412, Aging and Disability Policy (3 cr)
PA 5421, Racial Inequality and Public Policy (3 cr)
PA 5601, Survey of Women, Law, and Public Policy in the United States (3 cr)
SW 8505, Community Organizing and Advocacy (3 cr)
SW 8693, Social Welfare Politics and Programs in South Africa, the Netherlands and USA (1-3 cr)

Health Disparities Concentration

The Health Disparities Interdisciplinary Concentration (HDIC) addresses the unequal burden of health risks, morbidity and mortality experienced by minority cultural and social groups in the U.S., as well as unequal quality of and access to healthcare.

Despite Minnesota’s ranking as one of the nation’s healthiest states, Minnesota has some of the largest gaps among cultural and social groups in health indicators. For example, according to the Minnesota

Department of Health:

  • Infant mortality rates among the American Indians and African Americans are two to three times higher than for the state as a whole.
  • Among African American youth aged 15-24, firearm injury mortality rates are 15 times greater than the rates of all ages, races and genders combined.
  • Women from minority communities are less likely to receive sufficient prenatal care compared to other women.
  • Death rates for African Americans and American Indians are two to three times that of the state as a whole.
  • Rates of diabetes, hypertension, cancer and HIV/AIDS are higher for many minority communities compared to the state as a whole.

This interdisciplinary concentration offers students the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the extent and nature of these disparities, and methods for documenting and measuring the gaps in health achievement
  • Analyze the roots of health disparities in our cultural histories and the process by which these gaps are generated and perpetuated
  • Understand the roles of our systems of healthcare and public health in generating health disparities
  • Explore potential practice and policy solutions for eliminating health disparities
  • Recognize the unique and integral role of cultural communities and social groups in defining the problems associated with their health and directing the solutions

Curriculum

A minimum of seven credits is required for the HDIC. Each student is required to complete:

  • CSpH5115 Cultural Knowledge, Health, and Contemporary Cultural Communities (3 cr)
  • OR PubH6066 Building Communities, Increasing Health: Preparing for Community Health Work (2 cr)
  • AND PubH6772 Capstone Seminar (1 cr)
  • AND Electives

The remaining credits may be selected from the list of approved courses,

Required Courses:

PubH 6772, Health Disparities, Capstone Seminar (1 cr)

AND

CSpH 5115, Cultural Knowledge, Health, and Contemporary Cultural Communities (3 cr)

OR

PubH 6066, Community Building and Health (2 cr)

Public Health Elective Course Options:
PubH 6055, Social Inequities in Health (2 cr)
PubH 6066, Community Building and Health (2 cr)
PubH 6390, Social Epidemiology (2 cr)
PubH 6601, Born a Girl: Global Women’s Health (1 cr)
PubH 6606, Children’s Health: Issues, Policies & Programs (2 cr)
PubH 6634, Advocacy and Children’s Rights (2 cr)
PubH 6675, Women’s Health (2 cr)
PubH 6805, Community Health Assessment (3 cr)
PubH 6804, Community Mental Health (2 cr)
PubH 6855, Medical Sociology (3 cr)
PubH 6811, Health Disparities Research: Measures, Methods and Data (2 cr)
PubH 7200, Communication for Community-based Participatory Research (1 cr)
PubH 7241, Culturally Responsive Communication (1 cr)
PubH 7242, War and Public Health (1 cr)

Other Course Options:
Anthropology
ANTH 5031, Science as Cultural Practice (3 cr)
ANTH 5045, Urban Anthropology (3 cr)

Complementary Alternative Medicine
CSpH 5115, Cultural Knowledge, Health and Contemporary Cultural Communities (3 cr)

Public Affairs
PA 5211, Land Use Planning (3 cr)
PA 5401, Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy (3 cr)
PA 5451, Immigrant Health Issues (3 cr)
PA 5452, Immigration and Public Policy (3 cr)

Nursing
NURS 5040H, Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues (3 cr)
NURS 5800, Topics: Refugee Health: Trauma, Stress & Coping (3 cr)
NURS 5803, Transcultural Nursing: Theories and Issues (2 cr)
NURS 5808, American Indian Health and Health Care (2 cr)
NURS 6800, Topics: Public Health Nursing for Refugee Populations (1 cr)

Political Science
POL 8360, Social Science Approaches to the Study of Inequality (3 cr)

Social Work
SW 8105, Social Policy & Economic Security of Disadvantaged Populations (3 cr)

Sociology
SOC 8201, Social Stratification and Mobility (3 cr)
SOC 8211, Race Theories (3 cr)
SOC 8221, Sociology of Gender (3 cr)
SOC 8735, Sociology of Culture (3 cr)

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