NSU HPD Catalog 2020-2021

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Public Health Program 75 The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Program is an accredited, graduate-level program designed to prepare students to define, critically assess, and resolve public health problems. The program provides training in the theories, concepts, and principles of public health and their application. To meet the rapidly changing needs of health service professionals, the curriculum is structured to accommodate a diversity of backgrounds and individual career goals. There is a need for public health professionals to address emerging and re-emerging diseases, environmental health concerns, health care reform, health care system, sociopolitical factors affecting our nation’s health, and expansion of health issues that are global in scope. Professionals with the M.P.H. degree may hold positions of responsibility in a variety of settings including health care facilities, county and state health departments, social service agencies, health policy and planning organizations, universities, and community-based health education and health promotion settings, nongovernmental organizations, governmental agencies, international health organizations, and the corporate world. These positions often involve active participation of the M.P.H. graduate in the coordination, planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of health programs and services. Some students pursue further advancement in their graduate education upon completion of the M.P.H. degree program. Concurrent Degree Programs Health Professions Division students have an option to pursue the M.P.H. degree concurrently with osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant, dental medicine, nursing, optometry, and health science degrees. Schedules will allow students the opportunity to achieve andmeet the requirements of both degrees within three to four years. Students must maintain good academic standing in both programs. Program Vision The vision of the NSU-KPCOM Department of Public Health is to be the following: a trusted, academic, public health resource center for students, communities, public health organizations, health care centers, and policymakers dedicated to improved local and global health outcomes and equity ProgramMission To improve the health of the population through education, research, and service, with emphasis on multicultural and underserved populations. Goal 1: Instruction to provide quality education in public health Goal 2: Scholarship to contribute to the discovery and application of knowledge in public health Goal 3: Service to provide public health leadership and service in the community Course of Study The M.P.H. Program offers a general Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree, which requires a minimum of 42 credit hours of study. This consists of 27 credit hours of required core courses, including a public health field experience and an integrative learning experience, and a minimum of 15 credit hours of public health elective courses. Coursework may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. M.P.H. students are required to complete their course of study within five years of matriculation. A full-time student may be able to complete the requirements within two years. The M.P.H. degree may be completed on-site or online. Online courses have both synchronous and asynchronous components. On-site and online classes are offered in the evening, with each class generally scheduled one evening per week. Orientation is required for both online and on-site students prior to matriculation into the program. Students must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 to remain in good academic standing. The end of the program includes a field experience and the Integrative Learning Experience course. Elective courses—such as special studies, community health projects, and public health research—are available to students to enhance their public health skills. Graduating students have the opportunity to participate in a commencement exercise in May of each year. An exit survey must be completed prior to graduation. The schedule of course offerings and other pertinent information about the program is available on the website: nova.edu/ph. Accreditation and Authorization The M.P.H. Program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) ( ceph.org ) . Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Nova Southeastern University is authorized by theWashington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) and meets the requirements andminimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Public Health Program