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Master of Public Health

Yale’s Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program is designed for highly motivated students with related work experience or a professional degree as well as a substantial interest in an area of public health. A unique sequencing of courses, community-based programmatic activities, and field or laboratory research provides students with multiple opportunities to define their specialty and tailor their course of study.

Individualized programs are shaped by frequent interactions with faculty through courses, field experiences, and the thesis. An important component of the M.P.H. program is the faculty-student relationship, institutionalized in the form of an advisory system. Students are expected to work with their adviser in selecting appropriate courses, deciding on their internship and thesis, and integrating learning from all their experiences.

M.P.H. students focus their studies in one of the following departments: Biostatistics, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Environmental Health Sciences, or Health Policy and Management. In addition, students may focus their studies in programs in the Social and Behavioral Sciences division and in the Health Policy Program (HP) or the Health Care Management Program (HCM). Students select their department/division/program at the time of application.

The Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program is available for individuals with doctoral-level degrees in a field related to public health and for medical students. Students in the AP Program apply to one of six tracks: Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology; Health Policy; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Global Health; Preventive Medicine; and Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The B.A.-B.S./M.P.H. Select Program gives Yale College students interested in the field of public health the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree from Yale College and an M.P.H. degree from the Yale School of Public Health in a five-year joint-degree program.

The Accelerated M.B.A/M.P.H. Program in Health Care Management enables students to earn an M.B.A. degree from the Yale School of Management and an M.P.H. degree from the Yale School of Public Health in a twenty-two-month integrated program.

The Global Health Concentration emphasizes a multidisciplinary, problem-solving approach to global health issues that encourages creativity and innovation while fostering a global perspective. Students in the Global Health Concentration may complete this concentration while they satisfy the requirements of their respective department/division/program. Successful completion of the concentration will be recorded on the student’s transcript when he or she graduates.

The Regulatory Affairs Track prepares students for future roles in the area of quality control and regulatory affairs. This track operates within the existing YSPH academic structure and will be recorded on the student’s transcript when he or she graduates if all track requirements have been met. Students complete all of the core and departmental requirements as well as the required courses for the track.

All M.P.H. students are urged to develop programs of study that include courses from other departments within YSPH and throughout the University in order to benefit from the strengths of Yale’s professional and graduate schools and learn ways to understand the complexity and multidimensionality of most public health issues.

Students in the traditional two-year M.P.H. program are required to complete 20 course units, which include the core curriculum, departmental/divisional/program requirements, and electives both within YSPH and in other schools at the University (with the permission of the academic adviser). Course units are not given for seminars and colloquia.

Full-time students must carry a minimum of 4 course units per term for four terms and must complete all course requirements (including the thesis) within five years of matriculation. A thesis is not required for students in Health Policy or Health Care Management.

Part-time student status is granted to those students taking fewer than 4 course units per term. Part-time students are encouraged to take at least 2 course units per term and must complete all course requirements (including the thesis) within five years of matriculation.

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Core Curriculum for the Traditional Two-Year M.P.H. Degree Program

Course number

Course title

Course units

  • BIS 505a
  • Introduction to Statistical Thinking I (not required for BIS)

1

  • BIS 505b
  • Introduction to Statistical Thinking II (not required for BIS, HP, or HCM; students in EMD or SBS can take BIS 505b or CDE 534b)

1

  • CDE/EMD 508a
  • Principles of Epidemiology I

1

  • EPH 100a
  • Professional Skills Seminar

n/a

  • EPH 515a
  • Ethics and Public Health: An Introduction

n/a

  • EPH 520c
  • Summer Internship

n/a

  • EPH 525b
  • Thesis (not required for HP or HCM)

2

  • One of the following:*
  • CDE 505a
  • Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health
  • 1
  • CDE 537b
  • Social and Interpersonal Influences on Health
  • 1
  • One of the following:
  • EHS 503b
  • Public Health Toxicology

1

  • EHS 510a
  • Principles of Environmental Health

1

  • One of the following:
  • HPM 510a
  • Introduction to Health Policy and Health Systems

1

  • HPM 560b
  • Health Economics and U.S. Health Policy

1

  • Students in HCM only:
  • †MGT/HPM 698b
  • Health Care Policy, Finance, and Economics

1

*CDE 537b is recommended for students with a social science background. †This course is offered in the School of Management.

Public Health Practice requirement All students in the M.P.H. program are required to complete a Public Health Practice experience. YSPH Public Health Practice requirement guidelines are outlined in Appendix I. There are several options for satisfying this requirement:

  • EPH 500b
  • Public Health Practicum

1

  • *EPH 520c
  • Summer Internship

n/a

  • EPH 542b
  • Practice-Based Community Health Research

1

  • EPH 555b
  • Practicum in Climate Change, Sustainability, and Public Health

1

  • HPM 555a or b
  • Health Policy or Health Care Management Practicum

1

  • CDE 596b
  • Global Health and Justice Practicum

2

*With the exception of those in the Advanced Professional M.P.H. program and the Accelerated M.B.A./M.P.H. program, all M.P.H. students must complete a summer internship, typically 10–12 weeks and no less than 8 weeks in duration. The summer internship may be used to complete the practice requirement for the M.P.H. degree with prior approval from the Office of Public Health Practice.

Competencies of the Core Curriculum

Upon completing the core curriculum of the M.P.H. program, the student will be able to:

  • • Demonstrate a knowledge base in the disciplines of biostatistics, chronic and infectious disease epidemiology, health systems, public policy, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health.
  • • Apply basic research skills to specific public health problems in both group and individual settings, including the ability to define problems; construct, articulate, and test hypotheses; draw conclusions; and communicate findings to a variety of audiences.
  • • Explain the interrelationships among a multitude of factors that can impact a public health problem, including scientific, medical, environmental, cultural, social, behavioral, economic, political, and ethical factors.
  • • Review, critique, and evaluate public health reports and research articles.
  • • Apply public health concepts, principles, and methodologies obtained through formal course work to actual problems experienced in the community or work environment.
  • • Critically evaluate programs, interventions, and outcomes that relate to public health practice.
  • • Apply ethical standards and professional values as they relate to the practice of public health.
  • • Demonstrate sensitivity to the social context within which public health professionals practice.

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M.P.H. Departments, Divisions, Programs, Tracks, and Concentrations

Biostatistics Department

Hongyu Zhao, Ph.D., Chair

Biostatistics is a scientific discipline that focuses on developing new statistical methodology and theory to address important questions in the biological and health sciences, including study designs, data collection and analysis, as well as result interpretation. In addition to independent methodological and theoretical developments, the faculty in the Department of Biostatistics are involved in a wide variety of collaborative research efforts throughout the University, including at the School of Public Health and the School of Medicine. We bring these innovations into practice through active participation in many disciplines at Yale and beyond. In addition to course work, students gain real-world experiences through intern opportunities and a master’s thesis. Our students are well prepared for positions in public/governmental and nonprofit agencies, medical centers, and various industries, as well as for doctoral studies in biostatistics and related fields.

Departmental Requirements for the M.P.H. in Biostatistics

Course number

Course title

Course units

BIS 525a and b

  • Seminar in Biostatistics and Journal Club

n/a

BIS 540a

  • Fundamentals of Clinical Trials

1

BIS 623a

  • Applied Regression Analysis

1

BIS 625a

  • Categorical Data Analysis

1

BIS 628b

  • Longitudinal and Multilevel Data Analysis

1

BIS 630b

  • Applied Survival Analysis

1

BIS 678a

  • Statistical Consulting

1

BIS 679b

  • Advanced Statistical Programming in SAS and R

1

BIS 681b

  • Statistical Consulting Lab

1

*STAT 541a

  • Probability Theory

1

*STAT 542b

  • Theory of Statistics

1

EPH 525b

  • Thesis

2

*These courses are offered in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Competencies for the M.P.H. in Biostatistics

Upon receiving an M.P.H. with a concentration in Biostatistics, the student will be able to:

  • • Describe concepts of probability, random variation, and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
  • • Develop an efficient design for collecting, recording, and storing data collected in the conduct of public health and medical research.
  • • Develop sample size and statistical power calculations for basic study designs including those utilized in clinical trials.
  • • Design efficient computer programs for study management, statistical analysis, as well as presentations using SAS and other programming languages.
  • • Produce edited data sets suitable for statistical analyses.
  • • Apply informatics techniques with vital statistics and public health records in the description of public health characteristics and in public health research and evaluation.
  • • Perform analyses of stated hypotheses using a variety of analytical tools including analysis of variance, multiple regression, nonparametric statistics, logistic regression, multivariate analyses, and methods for analyzing rates and failure time data.
  • • Interpret results of statistical analyses and use these results to make relevant inferences from data.
  • • Produce working tables and statistical summaries describing research in health science.
  • • Develop written presentations based on statistical analyses for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences.
  • • Develop oral presentations based on statistical analyses for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences.

Regulatory Affairs Track

Robert W. Makuch, Ph.D., Director

Every drug, medical device, diagnostic test, and food sold in the United States and other countries throughout the world must meet rigorous standards that are intended to insure that all products satisfy a set of safety and performance objectives. Scientists must possess the knowledge and expertise to create and implement high-quality systems as well as understand the environment encompassing regulatory compliance. Other essential skills include project management and leadership, scientific tools that allow for proper risk assessment and risk management strategies, and the ability to clearly communicate the regulatory decisions made.

The Regulatory Affairs Track is an interdisciplinary program that may be combined with any departmental concentration. Four courses are required. The track covers a wide array of regulatory affairs topics, including complex issues involving food and drug law, ethics, clinical trials, epidemiology, risk analysis, and adverse event reporting requirements and systems.

The Regulatory Affairs Track is directed by Professor Robert Makuch, who has extensive experience working with pharmaceutical companies and government agencies on regulatory affairs issues. The track includes a focus on global regulatory similarities and differences among countries, including China, where Professor Makuch has led more than twenty training programs for senior delegations of the Chinese FDA since 2008.

Requirements for the M.P.H. in the Regulatory Affairs Track

  • Course number
  • Course title
  • Course units
  • BIS 540a
  • Fundamentals of Clinical Trials
  • 1
  • BIS 575b
  • Introduction to Regulatory Affairs
  • 1
  • Two of the following:
  • BIS 561b
  • Advanced Topics and Case Studies in Multicenter Clinical Trials
  • 1
  • CDE 650a
  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine and Health Care
  • 1
  • EHS 511b
  • Principles of Risk Assessment
  • 1
  • HPM 570a
  • Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Decision Making
  • 1
  • HPM 588a
  • Public Health Law
  • 1

Competencies for the Regulatory Affairs Track

Upon completion of the track, the student will be able to:

  • • Utilize the best scientific and ethical standards to insure that food, pharmaceutical, and medical and diagnostic devices meet quality and regulatory standards.
  • • Develop/use leadership and management skills for conducting/overseeing research and clinical studies that are required by regulatory agencies.
  • • Develop processes that insure clear and consistent decisions to the public and to regulatory agencies.
  • • Assess/develop risk management strategies that can be used to get new products to the market swiftly, while assuring the consumer and regulatory bodies that efficacy and safety have been preserved.

Chronic Disease Epidemiology Department

Judith H. Lichtman, M.P.H., Ph.D., Chair

Epidemiology is the study of the frequency, distribution, and causes of diseases in human populations. Chronic Disease Epidemiology (CDE) aims to enhance understanding about the determinants of chronic diseases in populations and how to intervene most effectively to reduce morbidity and mortality due to chronic diseases. CDE strives to advance public health by promoting a research-based approach to the prevention and management of chronic disease. By focusing on the health of populations, as opposed to individuals, CDE utilizes places (neighborhoods, cities, states, countries), institutions (schools, housing developments, correctional facilities, workplaces), and health care facilities (newborn nurseries, nursing homes, public health clinics, hospitals) as its laboratories.

CDE students learn how to identify the types of data needed, choose appropriate data collection methods, collect the data, and analyze the data appropriately so that the whole research effort leads to the improvement of the health of populations. The CDE curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, based on thorough knowledge of research methods, and its application to the scientific literature, to the development of research protocols, and to the design, implementation, and analysis of epidemiologic investigations. A principal research instrument of the chronic disease epidemiologist is often the questionnaire. The development of valid, reliable, and unambiguous questionnaires is a skill taught to all CDE students. Increasingly, epidemiologists also make use of genetic and biologic markers to indicate exposure to potentially damaging agents or as signs of increased susceptibility to or early onset of disease. Students learn the role of these methodologies throughout the program through course work, seminars, and practicum experiences.

Students learn about the role of epidemiology in a broad range of public health and medical areas, including the fields of aging, cancer, cardiovascular disease, global health, molecular and genetic epidemiology, perinatal and reproductive epidemiology, and psychosocial epidemiology, all areas in which the CDE department has particular strength. Among the resources available to students are the Yale Cancer Center; the Connecticut Tumor Registry (the oldest of its kind in the world); the Center for Perinatal, Pediatric, and Environmental Epidemiology; the Yale Program on Aging; and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. M.P.H. graduates of the CDE department find employment in a variety of research, public health practice, and advocacy settings, including academic institutions; public health agencies at the international, national, state, and local levels; the pharmaceutical industry; charitable foundations; and a variety of other nonprofit organizations. For example, graduates may obtain positions in such federal agencies as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nonprofit agencies, such as cancer or heart associations, also recruit graduates to participate in or direct community health programs. Private industries, including pharmaceutical companies, find the quantitative skills of CDE graduates useful in monitoring drug safety and in conducting clinical research. Many CDE graduates subsequently pursue doctoral degrees in public health or other professional or academic fields.

Departmental Requirements for the M.P.H. in Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Course number

  • Course title

Course units

  • *CDE 516b
  • Principles of Epidemiology II

1

  • CDE 523b
  • Measurement Issues in Chronic Disease Epidemiology

1

  • *CDE 525a and b
  • Seminar in Chronic Disease Epidemiology

n/a

  • *CDE 534b
  • Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology

1

EPH 525

  • Thesis

2

*Must be completed in the first year.

One of the following:

BIS 538b

  • Survey Sampling: Methods and Management

1

BIS 540a

  • Fundamentals of Clinical Trials

1

BIS 623a

  • Applied Regression Analysis

1

BIS 625a

  • Categorical Data Analysis

1

  • BIS 626a
  • Gerontologic Biostatistics: Statistical Methods for Clinical Research with Older Study Participants and for Basic Aging Research
  • 1

BIS 628b

  • Longitudinal and Multilevel Data Analysis

1

BIS 630b

  • Applied Survival Analysis

1

One of the following:

  • CDE/EHS 502b
  • Physiology for Public Health

1

  • CDE 532b
  • Epidemiology of Cancer

1

  • CDE 535b
  • Epidemiology of Heart Disease and Stroke

1

  • CDE 562a
  • Nutrition and Chronic Disease
  • 1

Chronic Disease Epidemiology students are advised to take two additional CDE elective courses.

Competencies for the M.P.H. in Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Upon receiving an M.P.H. with a concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology, the student will be able to:

  • • Evaluate the scientific merit and feasibility of epidemiologic study designs.
  • • Describe the epidemiology of common chronic diseases with more in-depth knowledge of a specialty area.
  • • Apply basic principles of health promotion and disease prevention to prevent and control chronic diseases.
  • • Synthesize information from a variety of epidemiologic and related studies.
  • • Design and carry out epidemiologic studies at an intermediate level.
  • • Analyze data and draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic studies at an intermediate level.
  • • Demonstrate oral and written communication and presentation skills to effectively communicate and disseminate results to various professional and community audiences.
  • • Describe basic pathophysiology of selected chronic diseases.
  • • Identify, interpret, and use routinely collected data on disease occurrence.
  • • Review, critique and evaluate epidemiologic reports and research articles at an intermediate level.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Division

Trace S. Kershaw, Ph.D., Division Head

The overall purpose of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) division, within the CDE department, is to provide instruction in the theory and methods of the social and behavioral sciences that emphasize the social, psychological, and behavioral influences on health, illness, and recovery. The primary emphases are focused on (1) understanding the psychosocial, behavioral, community, and societal influences on health in the general population, including those who are disadvantaged; and (2) creating multilevel interventions that eliminate barriers to health, from infancy to old age.

The SBS curriculum takes an interdisciplinary approach and combines courses in social and behavioral sciences and epidemiology. SBS students will take courses in epidemiologic methods and biostatistics as well as courses in SBS-related methods and practical and advanced skills for the development and implementation of interventions in health promotion and disease prevention. In addition, SBS students will conduct a thesis that draws on a topic and methods related to the social and behavioral sciences.

Divisional Requirements for the M.P.H. in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Course number

Course title

Course units

  • CDE 516b
  • Principles of Epidemiology II
  • 1
  • CDE 525a and b
  • Seminar in Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • n/a
  • CDE 537b
  • Social and Interpersonal Influences on Health
  • 1
  • CDE 574b
  • Developing a Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Intervention
  • 1
  • EPH 525
  • Thesis
  • 2
  • One of the following:
  • BIS 505b
  • Introduction to Statistical Thinking II
  • 1
  • CDE 534b
  • Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology
  • 1
  • One of the following:
  • CDE 580b
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • 1
  • CDE 676b
  • Questionnaire Development
  • 1

One of the following:

  • CDE 531a
  • Health and Aging
  • 1
  • CDE 545b
  • Health Disparities by Race and Social Class
  • 1
  • CDE 568b
  • Public Health Communications
  • 1
  • CDE 572a
  • Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle Interventions
  • 1
  • CDE 573a
  • Social and Cultural Factors in Mental Health and Illness
  • 1
  • CDE 581a
  • Stigma and Health
  • 1
  • CDE 585a
  • Sexuality, Health, and Human Rights
  • 1
  • CDE 594a
  • Maternal-Child Public Health Nutrition
  • 1
  • CDE 596b
  • Global Health and Justice Practicum
  • 2
  • HPM 545b
  • Health Disparities
  • 1

Remaining elective courses may include any course in social and behavioral sciences from across the University at level 300 or above, with approval of course instructor and YSPH faculty adviser.

Competencies for the M.P.H. in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Upon receiving an M.P.H. with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences, the student will be able to:

  • • Identify the effects of social, psychological, and behavioral factors on individual and population health, including prevention, treatment, and management of chronic disease, adjustment to illness, adherence to treatment regimens, and promotion of recovery.
  • • Analyze health from multiple levels, including the individual, social group, community, and society.
  • • Critically evaluate and interpret the public health scientific literature as presented in professional journals and the popular media, including descriptive, analytic, and intervention studies.
  • • Construct research hypotheses and design a study to test these hypotheses.
  • • Describe how culture, social inequities, and biology influence health across the life span.
  • • Apply social, psychological, and behavioral theory in the design, implementation, and evaluation of prevention interventions aimed toward: (a) reducing psychological risk factors (e.g., racism); (b) increasing psychosocial well-being (e.g., coping with chronic illness); (c) increasing health-promoting behaviors (e.g., exercise); and (d) decreasing health-damaging behaviors (e.g., risky sex).
  • • Develop procedures and training materials to implement effective behavioral interventions.
  • • Identify ways to address health inequalities and promote health equity.
  • • Describe the appropriate statistical analyses to examine different types of research questions in the social and behavioral sciences.
  • • Demonstrate oral and written communication and presentation skills to effectively communicate and disseminate results to various professional and community audiences.
  • • Explain the dynamic interaction between policies and the social and behavioral sciences.
  • • Apply ethical principles involved in social and behavioral sciences as they relate to public health.

Environmental Health Sciences Department

Vasilis Vasiliou, Ph.D., Chair

People are exposed to a wide range of biological, chemical, and physical environmental stressors at home, work, and school as they go about their daily activities, such as working, commuting, eating, drinking, and exercising. An estimated 30 percent of the global burden of disease is attributable to environmental exposures that could be prevented. The Department of Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) equips students with interdisciplinary training to recognize and assess the impact of environmental hazards on human health and to identify solutions to reduce exposures to those hazards and prevent diseases in the population.

Students in EHS can select an emphasis in Environmental Exposure Science and Epidemiology, Environmental Toxicology, or Risk Assessment. Within these emphasized areas, there is flexibility for students to design, with their adviser, a program to meet individual needs. Students can take advantage of the wide variety of courses relevant to environmental health offered by the department and throughout the University, particularly those in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

M.P.H. graduates of the EHS department find employment in city, state, and federal government agencies; environmental consulting firms; nongovernmental organizations; pharmaceutical companies; and private sector companies in the area of environmental or occupational health and safety. They also take research positions in academic organizations and government agencies. In addition, many students go on to pursue their Ph.D. and independent research careers.

Departmental Requirements for the M.P.H. in Environmental Health Sciences

Course number

Course title

Course units

  • EHS 503b
  • Public Health Toxicology
  • 1
  • EHS 507a
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • 1
  • EHS 508b
  • Assessing Exposures to Environmental Stressors
  • 1
  • EHS 510a
  • Principles of Environmental Health
  • 1
  • EHS 525a and b
  • Seminar and Journal Club in Environmental Health (4 terms)
  • n/a
  • EPH 525b
  • Thesis
  • 2

Note: Students may apply for exemptions from these requirements based on previous course work, at the discretion of the course instructor.

Competencies for the M.P.H in Environmental Health Sciences

Upon receiving an M.P.H. with a concentration in Environmental Health Sciences, the student will be able to:

  • • Discuss the basic principles of how contaminants are introduced into the air, water, soil, and food and then transported through the environment.
  • • Describe the mechanisms of toxicity of biological, chemical, and physical stressors, including absorption, distribution, metabolic transformation, elimination, and genetic susceptibility.
  • • Understand emerging concepts in public health toxicology such as the exposome, bioanalytical methods for measuring exposure, and governmental regulation of toxicology assessment.
  • • Design and apply epidemiological, toxicological, statistical, and exposure assessment techniques to evaluate risks associated with environmental hazards in the occupational, residential, and community environments.
  • • Apply the basic principles of risk management to develop a solution to mitigate risks associated with exposure to environmental hazards.
  • • Review, critique, and evaluate the scientific merit of environmental epidemiologic, toxicological, and exposure studies.
  • • Evaluate the scientific merit and feasibility of environmental epidemiology study designs.
  • • Synthesize information from published work on a complex environmental health issue.
  • • Coordinate an environmental epidemiology study, with minimal supervision.
  • • Write and present research findings to professional audiences.

Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases Department

Albert I. Ko, M.D., Chair

Microbial disease epidemiology is the science of the cause, distribution, frequency of, and resistance to infections caused by viruses, parasites, and bacteria, and of the distribution, transmission, and control of these agents.

The M.P.H. curriculum for the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases (EMD) is designed to train the student to understand the epidemiology of the major infectious agents, the diseases they cause, and the host response to those diseases. The interaction of the agent (parasite, bacterium, or virus) with the host and the influence of the environment on both agent and host are studied. The curriculum considers the role of age, immunological response, genetics, natural history of vectors, geographical distribution, and transmission and transport of agents. In addition to epidemiology courses, the department’s faculty teach microbiology courses relating to bacteria, viruses, and parasites—including classification, replication, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, and pathogenesis—essential to the understanding of the epidemiology of microbial disease. Through these experiences the student gains a clear understanding of the quantitative and qualitative biological spectrum of microbial diseases.

Using a problem-solving approach the student learns about surveillance through collection and analysis of data followed by synthesis of information as a basis for public health decisions. The same approach is used to investigate epidemics and to study basic biologic problems.

Emphasis is placed on the application of epidemiological concepts to intervention in transmission cycles and disease progression. Intervention may be accomplished through such measures as vaccination, antimicrobial therapy, vector control, or behavior modification. The student is encouraged to obtain a solid laboratory foundation for diagnosis, for population-based serologic surveys, and for understanding the molecular basis of the disease process and intervention strategies. Third World infectious disease problems and their solutions are considered extensively.

Nearly half of EMD graduates in the M.P.H. program enter public health practice at the local, state, or national level, and a portion of the remainder enter hospital, medical center, or industrial programs. Many students continue graduate and professional education beyond the M.P.H. degree.

Departmental Requirements for the M.P.H. in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

Course number

Course title

Course units

  • EMD 512a
  • Immunology for Epidemiologists
  • 1
  • EMD 518a and b
  • Principles of Infectious Diseases I and II
  • 2
  • EMD 525a and b
  • Seminar in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases
  • n/a
  • EPH 525b
  • Thesis
  • 2

One of the following:

  • BIS 505b
  • Introduction to Statistical Thinking II
  • 1
  • CDE 534b
  • Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology
  • 1
  • One of the following:
  • CDE 516b
  • Principles of Epidemiology II
  • 1
  • EMD 553b
  • Transmission Dynamic Models for Understanding Infectious Diseases
  • 1

Students are required to choose at least two additional EMD courses from the list of approved EMD electives (http://publichealth.yale.edu/emd/curriculum/mph/curriculum.aspx) in collaboration with their adviser.

Competencies for the M.P.H. in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

Upon receiving an M.P.H. with a concentration in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, the student will be able to:

  • • Define the scope and worldwide impact of infectious diseases.
  • • Describe the processes that drive transmission and maintenance of infectious agents.
  • • Describe the epidemiology of the major infectious diseases worldwide, as well as risk exposures and behaviors as these relate to transmission.
  • • Describe the host genetic and immunologic factors that affect transmission and disease progression.
  • • Describe pathogen-related determinants that contribute to transmission and disease.
  • • Explain the interrelationship between the environment and the emergence and maintenance of infectious diseases in populations.
  • • Describe and critically evaluate approaches for the prevention and control of infectious diseases and define the issues that are key to their effective use.
  • • Apply principles and concepts obtained through course work to design and implement studies on the etiology, detection, prevention, or control of infectious diseases in the laboratory and field.
  • • Define the ethical challenges in infectious disease research.

Health Policy and Management Department

Susan H. Busch, Ph.D., Chair

The goal of the Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM) is to address the critical issues in improving public health, especially the health of high-risk and vulnerable populations. The department offers two M.P.H. programs: Health Policy and Health Care Management.

Health Policy Program

Susan H. Busch, Ph.D., Director

The specific objectives of the Health Policy program are: (1) to provide its students with a basic foundation of knowledge in public health and health policy, and (2) to teach concepts, principles, and scientific skills necessary for health services policy development and evaluation and health management. The Health Policy program—within the Department of Health Policy and Management—aims to have students develop an understanding of the importance of data and research as policy and management tools. Students are taught to anticipate future needs relative to expanding technology, changing patterns of community health, and emerging societal and programmatic needs.

The program provides a unified approach to policy. It is built on the recognition that issues of health policy cannot be divorced from principles of sound management, nor can health care management or policy be developed without a fundamental understanding of morbidity, mortality, and epidemiologic methods. Further, the program recognizes that leaders cannot make successful decisions about the delivery of health care nor solve the health problems affecting society over the next decades without extensive analytic and decision-making skills. Students need to be able to translate sound scientific evidence into effective health policy. The program emphasizes training in quantitative methods, economics, financing, epidemiology, and evaluative methods for policy and management. Social and behavioral sciences are integral parts of many courses throughout the two-year curriculum.

Students design their own sequence of courses in health policy, and they may also specialize in particular substantive areas (e.g., addiction, health economics, vulnerable populations, global health, consumer decision making, or public health modeling). Students are required to take an integrative seminar in health policy.

Graduates of the program in Health Policy are employed in both the public and private sectors, including federal and state agencies, for-profit and nonprofit health care organizations, hospitals, and private consulting firms, as well as in research.

Departmental Requirements for the M.P.H. in Health Policy

  • Course number
  • Course title
  • Course units
  • HPM 510a
  • Introduction to Health Policy and Health Systems
  • 1
  • HPM 514b
  • Health Politics, Governance, and Policy
  • 1
  • HPM 560b
  • Health Economics and U.S. Health Policy
  • 1
  • HPM 583b
  • Methods in Health Services Research
  • 1
  • HPM 586a
  • Microeconomics for Health Policy and Health Management
  • 1
  • HPM 597b
  • Capstone Course in Health Policy
  • 1
  • One of the following:
  • HPM 570a
  • Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Decision Making
  • 1
  • HPM 588a
  • Public Health Law
  • 1

The thesis (EPH 525) and BIS 505b, Introduction to Statistical Thinking II, are not required in HPM.

Competencies for the M.P.H. in Health Policy

Upon receiving an M.P.H. with a concentration in Health Policy, the student will be able to:

  • • Evaluate the efficiency of public policies using economic concepts.
  • • Identify market failures in the market for public health activities and health care.
  • • Conduct decision analysis to evaluate prevention, screening, and treatment alternatives in public health and clinical medicine.
  • • Critically evaluate both the methods and application of cost-effectiveness analysis to inform public health decision making.
  • • Assess statistical findings and empirical literature to enhance policy design and implementation.
  • • Synthesize the research literature, assessing strengths and weaknesses of published findings, to guide evidence-informed policy making.
  • • Describe and assess the historical evolution of how different countries’ systems for financing and delivering health care have evolved and influenced the health of their populations.
  • • Describe the role of the major U.S. political institutions in health policy and politics.
  • • Identify and evaluate different strategies for financing, regulatory, and delivery system reform.
  • • Influence health policy and management decision making.
  • • Understand strategies of media advocacy to effectively reshape public awareness and opinion on health-related issues.
  • • Describe conceptual frameworks for political agenda setting.
  • • Assess how well different governance arrangements and policy designs result in a health care system that is responsive to differences in health needs among subsets of the population.
  • • Describe legal perspectives and institutions that affect health policy and public health, including assessment of legal and regulatory environments in the context of public health.
  • • Understand the ethical distinctions and professional norms associated with different paradigms for policy analysis and their implications for health policy.
  • • Demonstrate written communication skills to effectively communicate in professional health policy and community settings.
  • • Demonstrate oral communication and presentation skills to effectively communicate in professional health policy and community settings.
  • • Demonstrate leadership, team-based collaboration, and management skills.

Health Care Management Program

Howard Forman, M.D., Director

Ingrid Nembhard, Ph.D., Associate Director

Future health care managers will be involved in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, health systems, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, health maintenance organizations, managed care companies, insurance companies, and consulting. The Health Care Management program—within the Department of Health Policy and Management—was designed with the realization that both management training and public health training are needed to adequately prepare future leaders in health care management. The program is offered in conjunction with the Yale School of Management (SOM). The management courses at SOM, combined with HPM offerings and an integrative course in the second year, give students an excellent foundation for work in the field.

Departmental Requirements for the M.P.H. in Health Care Management

  • Course number
  • Course title
  • Course units
  • HPM 561b
  • Managing Health Care Organizations
  • 1
  • HPM 583b
  • Methods in Health Services Research
  • 1
  • HPM 586a
  • Microeconomics for Health Policy and Health Management
  • 1
  • HPM 699a and b
  • Colloquium in Health Care Leadership
  • 0.5
  • *MGT/HPM 502a
  • Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance
  • 1
  • *MGT 525b
  • Competitive Strategy
  • 1
  • *MGT 621a
  • Managing Social Enterprises
  • 1
  • *MGT 657b
  • Creating Health Care and Life Science Ventures
  • 1
  • *MGT/HPM 698b
  • Health Care Policy, Finance, and Economics
  • 1
  • *MGT 856b
  • Managing Marketing Programs
  • 0.5
  • *MGT 879b
  • Health Care Operations
  • 0.5
  • *MGT 887a
  • Negotiations
  • 0.5

*These courses are offered in the School of Management.

The thesis (EPH 525) and BIS 505b, Introduction to Statistical Thinking II, are not required in HPM.

Competencies for the M.P.H. in Health Care Management

Upon receiving an M.P.H. with a concentration in Health Care Management, the student will be able to:

  • • Conduct financial analyses, including reading and analyzing financial statements.
  • • Conduct economic analyses, including cost-effectiveness analysis, to inform health management decision making.
  • • Apply operations management concepts to address organizational performance issues in health service organizations.
  • • Apply the principles of marketing analysis and planning to public health programs and health service organizations.
  • • Utilize statistical analysis skills to conduct health systems and policy research.
  • • Utilize research design and data management skills to conduct health policy and management research.
  • • Evaluate health care financing, regulatory, and delivery systems.
  • • Demonstrate written communication skills to effectively communicate in health policy, management, and community settings.
  • • Demonstrate oral communication and presentation skills to effectively communicate in health policy, management, and community settings.
  • • Utilize advocacy, persuasion, and negotiation skills to influence health policy and management decision making.
  • • Perform strategic analysis and planning for health care organizations.
  • • Describe legal perspectives on health policy and management issues, including assessment of legal and regulatory environments in the context of public health.
  • • Apply ethical decision making in a health care context.
  • • Apply management problem-solving skills to improve functioning of organizations and agencies in health systems.
  • • Demonstrate leadership, team-based collaboration, and conflict management skills.
  • • Coach and provide constructive feedback to colleagues.
  • • Work with and incorporate perspectives of culturally diverse groups.

Public Health Modeling Concentration

A. David Paltiel, Ph.D., Director

Students in the traditional two-year M.P.H. program may complete this concentration while they satisfy the requirements of their respective departments, divisions, or programs.

Beginning fall 2016, the Public Health Modeling Concentration (PHMC) will provide rigorous training in systems thinking: the explicit portrayal of real-world processes—their “physics,” their interactions, and their dynamics—that leave populations vulnerable to risk and disease. The concentration will train students to generate evidence about how those processes might behave under different specifications, with or without intervention. Modeling serves as a practical means of assembling the existing evidence base about mechanisms and conducting formal assessments in situations where financial, logistical, temporal, and/or ethical obstacles may conspire against the implementation and study of those mechanisms in real life.

Requirements for the M.P.H. Public Health Modeling Concentration

  • Course number
  • Course title
  • Course units
  • EMD 553b
  • Transmission Dynamic Models for Understanding Infectious Diseases
  • 1
  • EPH 520c
  • Summer Internship (a substantive modeling component is required)
  • n/a
  • EPH 581a and b
  • Seminar for Modeling in Public Health (two terms)
  • n/a
  • HPM 570a
  • Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Decision Making
  • 1
  • One of the following:
  • BIS 557a
  • Computational Statistics
  • 1
  • EMD 538a
  • Quantitative Methods for Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • 1
  • HPM 573b
  • Advanced Topics in Modeling Health Care Decisions
  • 1

One additional elective course chosen from a preapproved list or by approval of the concentration committee*

  • 1

*A list of preapproved elective courses is available on the Public Health Modeling Concentration Web site: http://publichealth.yale.edu/modeling.
Competencies for the M.P.H. Public Health Modeling Concentration

Each student in the Public Health Modeling Concentration will master the core curriculum competencies and the competencies for the student’s department/division/program. In addition, upon receiving an M.P.H. degree in the Public Health Modeling Concentration, students will be able to:

  • • Identify questions in public health policy and practice that may be amenable to model-based approaches.
  • • Explain why modeling is particularly pertinent to describing the processes that drive transmission and control of infectious diseases.
  • • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the subdisciplines and methods that pertain to modeling, including: probability theory; decision analysis; cost-effectiveness analysis; simulation methods (e.g., Markov models, individual-based models, compartmental models, Monte Carlo methods).
  • • Apply public health modeling concepts, principles, and methodologies obtained through formal course work to specific problems. This includes: (1) defining research questions and elaborating testable hypotheses; (2) developing and explaining model-based approaches to address those questions and to test those hypotheses; (3) identifying, assembling, and managing the data needed to inform model structure and parameterization; (4) designing efficient computer programs to manage data, simulate models, and present model output using appropriate modeling software (e.g. Microsoft Excel, R, MATLAB); and (5) interpreting and communicating findings to a variety of academic, government, advocacy, and general audiences.
  • • Review, critique, and interpret the findings of model-based public health reports and research articles, with a mature appreciation of the practical problems of applying these methods in the evaluation of medical technologies and public health policies.
  • • Demonstrate sensitivity to the social, cultural, human rights, and ethical context within which public health modeling may be employed.
  • • Appreciate the challenges of adapting and implementing model-based approaches in limited-resource communities, vulnerable populations, and other special settings.

Global Health Concentration

Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Ph.D., Director

Students in the traditional two-year M.P.H. program may complete this concentration while they satisfy the requirements of their respective departments, divisions, or programs.

The multidisciplinary approach of the Global Health Concentration (GHC) encourages creativity and innovation, while fostering a global perspective on public health. The concentration emphasizes an integrative, problem-solving approach to global health issues and to diseases and conditions that afflict low- and middle-income countries. Students who complete this concentration will be well prepared for positions in a variety of sectors/organizations—public and private, national, bilateral and multilateral—dedicated to global health challenges.

All students in the GHC will complete five global health courses, a global health-focused internship, and a global health capstone course. The internship must be conducted in a low- to middle-income country during the summer between the first and second years of the M.P.H. program. If students have already had 10–12 weeks of previous global health experience, they can do an internship based in the United States or another high-income country as long as it is pertinent to global health; otherwise, they must do an internship abroad. This alternative option must be approved by the GHC office prior to the start of the internship. The global health capstone course will provide an integrative “hands-on” problem-solving experience that will allow GHC students to hone all of the acquired GHC competencies. Students are strongly encouraged to write a global health-related thesis (as determined by their department/division/program).

Requirements for the M.P.H. Global Health Concentration

Course number

  • Course title

Course units

  • EMD/HPM 566b
  • Critical Issues in Global Health (taken in first year)

1

  • EPH 520c
  • Summer Internship (must be global health-related in a low- to middle-income country)

n/a

  • EPH 591a
  • Global Health Foundations (taken in first year)

n/a

  • Global Health Capstone Course

1

Three global health courses selected from at least two of the five perspectives on public health*

3

*The five perspectives on public health are (1) biomedicine, (2) epidemiology, (3) psychosocial/social and behavioral/anthropology, (4) development/political economy, and (5) ethics/history/humanities. A list of courses offered in each of the five areas is available on the GHC Web site. Please note that all courses listed may not be offered each term. Students pursuing the GHC may also propose courses not listed here as potential GHC electives. In this case, students must complete the required approval form, which is available on the GHC Web site. Requests must be approved before the YSPH course registration deadline. Upon receiving the form, the YSPH GHC program will let the student know if the course meets GHC elective requirements.
Competencies for the M.P.H. Global Health Concentration and the Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program Global Health Track

Each student in the GHC will master the core curriculum competencies and the competencies for the student’s department/division/program. In addition, upon receiving an M.P.H. degree in the GHC, the student will be able to:

  • • Describe the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the world, including an understanding of the global burden of disease.
  • • Describe cross-national determinants of health based on courses selected from the five perspectives on public health: biomedicine; epidemiology; psychosocial/social and behavioral/anthropology; development/political economy; and ethics/history/humanities.
  • • Analyze global health problems taking into account their social, political, economic, legal, and human rights dimensions.
  • • Understand and critically assess the different components of the global health governance infrastructure.
  • • Assess global health issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, including public health disciplines, medicine, international relations, environmental studies, political science, law, anthropology, and others.
  • • Apply necessary leadership skills to serve as bridges between the global health research and practice settings.
  • • Apply research methods in the design, monitoring, and evaluation of global health initiatives.
  • • Explain and propose solutions for the unique challenges involved in conducting public health research in low-resource settings.
  • • Describe and analyze different roles of global public health practitioners and apply this to individual career development.

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Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program

Mayur M. Desai, M.P.H., Ph.D., Director

The eleven-month Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program provides rigorous public health training to:

  • 1. individuals with a doctoral-level (or international equivalent) degree in a field related to public health (e.g., physicians, dentists, veterinarians, attorneys, and those with a doctorate in the biological, behavioral, or social sciences);
  • 2. individuals with a master’s degree and at least two years of relevant work experience;
  • 3. individuals with a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of relevant work experience; and
  • 4. students who have completed their third year in an accredited medical, dental, or podiatric school in the United States.

The program is designed for mature individuals with clear goals in public health. Students can enter the program to gain skills in the public health sciences and to prepare for careers in a variety of settings, including academia; local, national, or international public health agencies; industry; and nonprofit foundations and research organizations. Physicians in preventive medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, and aerospace medicine residency programs can enter the program to complete their M.P.H. degree requirement.

Students concentrate in one of six tracks: Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Health Policy, Global Health, Preventive Medicine, or Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The program begins with an intensive seven-week summer session (July–August), followed by two full-time terms of study. After completing the seven-week summer session, students may choose to complete the remainder of the program on a part-time basis; however, all requirements must be completed within three years of the date of matriculation.

Curriculum for the Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program

Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology Track
Core Requirements
  • Course number
  • Course title
  • Course units
  • BIS 515c
  • Accelerated Biostatistics
  • 2
  • CDE 505c
  • Accelerated Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health
  • 1
  • CDE 515c
  • Accelerated Epidemiology
  • 1
  • EPH 100a
  • Professional Skills Seminar
  • n/a
  • EPH 515a
  • Ethics and Public Health: An Introduction
  • n/a
  • One of the following:
  • HPM 510a
  • Introduction to Health Policy and Health Systems
  • 1
  • HPM 560b
  • Health Economics and U.S. Health Policy
  • 1
  • One of the following:
  • EHS 503b
  • Public Health Toxicology
  • 1
  • EHS 507a
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • 1
  • EHS 510a
  • Principles of Environmental Health
  • 1
  • EHS 511b
  • Principles of Risk Assessment
  • 1
  • EHS 575a
  • Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • 1
  • One of the following:
  • CDE 596b
  • Global Health and Justice Practicum
  • 2
  • EPH 500b
  • Public Health Practicum
  • 1
  • EPH 542b
  • Practice-Based Community Health Research
  • 1
Track Requirements
  • CDE 534b
  • Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology
  • 1
  • One of the following:
  • BIS 540a
  • Fundamentals of Clinical Trials
  • 1
  • CDE 650a
  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine and Health Care
  • 1
  • Two of the following:
  • BIS 623a
  • Applied Regression Analysis
  • 1
  • BIS 625a
  • Categorical Data Analysis
  • 1
  • BIS 628b
  • Longitudinal and Multilevel Data Analysis
  • 1
  • BIS 630b
  • Applied Survival Analysis
  • 1
  • Two additional biostatistics and/or epidemiology courses
  • 2
  • Two elective courses
  • 2
  • One of the following capstone courses:
  • CDE 574b
  • Developing a Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Intervention
  • 1
  • CDE 617b
  • Developing a Research Proposal
  • 1
  • EPH 608b
  • Frontiers of Public Health
  • 1

Social and Behavioral Sciences Track
Core Requirements
  • Course number
  • Course title
  • Course units
  • BIS 515c
  • Accelerated Biostatistics
  • 2
  • CDE 505c
  • Accelerated Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health
  • 1
  • CDE 515c
  • Accelerated Epidemiology
  • 1
  • EPH 100a
  • Professional Skills Seminar
  • n/a
  • EPH 515a
  • Ethics and Public Health: An Introduction
  • n/a

One of the following:

  • HPM 510a
  • Introduction to Health Policy and Health Systems
  • 1
  • HPM 560b
  • Health Economics and U.S. Health Policy
  • 1
  • One of the following:
  • EHS 503b
  • Public Health Toxicology
  • 1
  • EHS 507a
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • 1
  • EHS 510a
  • Principles of Environmental Health
  • 1
  • EHS 511b
  • Principles of Risk Assessment
  • 1
  • EHS 575a
  • Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • 1
  • One of the following:
  • CDE 596b
  • Global Health and Justice Practicum
  • 2
  • EPH 500b
  • Public Health Practicum
  • 1
  • EPH 542b
  • Practice-Based Community Health Research
  • 1
Track Requirements
  • CDE 534b
  • Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology
  • 1
  • One of the following:
  • CDE 577b
  • Interdisciplinary Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • 1
  • CDE 580b
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • 1
  • Two of the following (or permission of academic adviser to substitute):
  • CDE 531a
  • Health and Aging
  • 1
  • CDE 545b
  • Health Disparities by Race and Social Class
  • 1
  • CDE 572a
  • Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle Interventions
  • 1
  • CDE 573a
  • Social and Cultural Factors in Mental Health and Illness
  • 1
  • CDE 581a
  • Stigma and Health
  • 1
  • CDE 585a
  • Sexuality, Health, and Human Rights
  • 1
  • CDE 594a
  • Maternal-Child Public Health Nutrition
  • 1
  • Four elective courses
  • 4
  • One of the following capstone courses:
  • CDE 574b
  • Developing a Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Intervention
  • 1
  • CDE 617b
  • Developing a Research Proposal
  • 1
  • EPH 608b
  • Frontiers of Public Health
  • 1

Health Policy Track
Core Requirements
  • Course number
  • Course title
  • Course units
  • BIS 515c
  • Accelerated Biostatistics
  • 2
  • CDE 505c
  • Accelerated Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health
  • 1
  • CDE 515c
  • Accelerated Epidemiology
  • 1
  • EPH 100a
  • Professional Skills Seminar
  • n/a
  • EPH 515a
  • Ethics and Public Health: An Introduction
  • n/a
  • One of the following:
  • EHS 503b
  • Public Health Toxicology
  • 1
  • EHS 507a
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • 1
  • EHS 510a
  • Principles of Environmental Health
  • 1
  • EHS 511b
  • Principles of Risk Assessment
  • 1
  • EHS 575a
  • Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • 1
  • One of the following:
  • CDE 596b
  • Global Health and Justice Practicum
  • 2
  • EPH 500b
  • Public Health Practicum
  • 1
  • EPH 542b
  • Practice-Based Community Health Research
  • 1
  • HPM 555a or b
  • Health Policy or Health Care Management Practicum
  • 1
Track Requirements
  • HPM 510a
  • Introduction to Health Policy and Health Systems
  • 1
  • HPM 514b
  • Health Politics, Governance, and Policy
  • 1
  • HPM 570a
  • Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Decision Making
  • 1
  • HPM 583b
  • Methods in Health Services Research
  • 1
  • HPM 586a
  • Microeconomics for Health Policy and Health Management
  • 1
  • One additional Health Policy and Management course
  • 1
  • Three elective courses
  • 3
  • One of the following capstone courses:
  • HPM 561b
  • Managing Health Care Organizations
  • 1
  • HPM 597b
  • Capstone Course in Health Policy
  • 1

Global Health Track
Core Requirements
  • Course number
  • Course title
  • Course units
  • BIS 515c
  • Accelerated Biostatistics
  • 2
  • CDE 505c
  • Accelerated Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health
  • 1
  • CDE 515c
  • Accelerated Epidemiology
  • 1
  • EPH 100a
  • Professional Skills Seminar
  • n/a
  • EPH 515a
  • Ethics and Public Health: An Introduction
  • n/a
  • One of the following:
  • HPM 510a
  • Introduction to Health Policy and Health Systems
  • 1
  • HPM 560b
  • Health Economics and U.S. Health Policy
  • 1
  • One of the following:
  • EHS 503b
  • Public Health Toxicology
  • 1
  • EHS 507a
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • 1
  • EHS 510a
  • Principles of Environmental Health
  • 1
  • EHS 511b
  • Principles of Risk Assessment
  • 1
  • EHS 575a
  • Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • 1
  • One of the following:
  • CDE 596b
  • Global Health and Justice Practicum
  • 2
  • EPH 500b
  • Public Health Practicum
  • 1
  • EPH 542b
  • Practice-Based Community Health Research
  • 1
Track Requirements
  • EMD/HPM 566b
  • Critical Issues in Global Health
  • 1
  • EPH 591a
  • Global Health Foundations
  • n/a
  • One of the following:
  • CDE 534b
  • Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology
  • 1
  • HPM 583b
  • Methods in Health Services Research
  • 1

Three Global Health courses from at least two of the five perspectives on public health (list of courses published each fall)

  • 3

Three elective courses

  • 3
  • One of the following capstone courses:
  • CDE 574b
  • Developing a Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Intervention
  • 1
  • CDE 617b
  • Developing a Research Proposal
  • 1
  • EPH 608b
  • Frontiers of Public Health
  • 1
  • HPM 561b
  • Managing Health Care Organizations
  • 1
  • HPM 597b
  • Capstone Course in Health Policy
  • 1

Preventive Medicine Track

Core Requirements

Course number

Course title

Course units

  • BIS 515c
  • Accelerated Biostatistics
  • 2
  • CDE 505c
  • Accelerated Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health
  • 1
  • CDE 515c
  • Accelerated Epidemiology
  • 1
  • EPH 100a
  • Professional Skills Seminar
  • n/a
  • EPH 515a
  • Ethics and Public Health: An Introduction
  • n/a
  • One of the following:
  • HPM 510a
  • Introduction to Health Policy and Health Systems
  • 1
  • HPM 560b
  • Health Economics and U.S. Health Policy
  • 1
  • One of the following:
  • CDE 596b
  • Global Health and Justice Practicum
  • 2
  • EPH 500b
  • Public Health Practicum
  • 1
  • EPH 542b
  • Practice-Based Community Health Research
  • 1
Track Requirements
  • CDE 534b
  • Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology
  • 1
  • EHS 575a
  • Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • 1
  • One of the following:
  • CDE 541a
  • Community Health Program Evaluation
  • 1
  • CDE 562a
  • Nutrition and Chronic Disease
  • 1
  • CDE 572a
  • Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle Interventions
  • 1
  • One of the following:
  • BIS 538b
  • Survey Sampling: Methods and Management
  • 1
  • BIS 540a
  • Fundamentals of Clinical Trials
  • 1
  • CDE 650a
  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine and Health Care
  • 1
  • One of the following:
  • EHS 503b
  • Public Health Toxicology
  • 1
  • EHS 511b
  • Principles of Risk Assessment
  • 1
  • Four elective courses
  • 4
  • One of the following capstone courses:
  • CDE 574b
  • Developing a Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Intervention
  • 1
  • CDE 617b
  • Developing a Research Proposal
  • 1
  • EPH 608b
  • Frontiers of Public Health
  • 1
Occupational and Environmental Medicine Track (Yale OEM Fellows)
Core Requirements
  • Course number
  • Course title
  • Course units
  • BIS 505a
  • Introduction to Statistical Thinking I
  • 1
  • CDE 505a
  • Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health
  • 1
  • CDE/EMD 508a
  • Principles of Epidemiology I
  • 1
  • EHS 503b
  • Public Health Toxicology
  • 1
  • EPH 100a
  • Professional Skills Seminar
  • n/a
  • EPH 515a
  • Ethics and Public Health: An Introduction
  • n/a
  • One of the following:
  • HPM 510a
  • Introduction to Health Policy and Health Systems
  • 1
  • HPM 560b
  • Health Economics and U.S. Health Policy
  • 1
Track Requirements
  • CDE 534b
  • Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology
  • 1
  • EHS 505a
  • Fundamentals of Occupational Hygiene, Safety, and Ergonomics
  • 1
  • EHS 511b
  • Principles of Risk Assessment
  • 1
  • EHS 573b
  • Epidemiological Issues in Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • 1
  • EHS 575a
  • Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • 1
  • EPH 525b
  • Thesis
  • 2
  • Four elective courses
  • 4

Note: Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Fellows may count their practicum year, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, as the required practice experience for the M.P.H. program.

Occupational and Environmental Medicine Track (11-month students)

Core Requirements

Course number

Course title

Course units

  • BIS 515c
  • Accelerated Biostatistics
  • 2
  • CDE 505c
  • Accelerated Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health
  • 1
  • CDE 515c
  • Accelerated Epidemiology
  • 1
  • EHS 511b
  • Principles of Risk Assessment
  • 1
  • EPH 100a
  • Professional Skills Seminar
  • n/a
  • EPH 515a
  • Ethics and Public Health: An Introduction
  • n/a
  • One of the following:
  • HPM 510a
  • Introduction to Health Policy and Health Systems
  • 1
  • HPM 560b
  • Health Economics and U.S. Health Policy
  • 1
  • One of the following:
  • CDE 596b
  • Global Health Justice Practicum
  • 2
  • EPH 500b
  • Public Health Practicum
  • 1
  • EPH 542b
  • Practice-Based Community Health Research
  • 1
Track Requirements
  • CDE 534b
  • Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology
  • 1
  • EHS 503b
  • Public Health Toxicology
  • 1
  • EHS 505a
  • Fundamentals of Occupational Hygiene, Safety, and Ergonomics
  • 1
  • EHS 573b
  • Epidemiological Issues in Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • 1
  • EHS 575a
  • Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • 1
  • Three elective courses
  • 3
  • One of the following capstone courses:
  • CDE 574b
  • Developing a Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Intervention
  • 1
  • CDE 617b
  • Developing a Research Proposal
  • 1
  • EPH 608b
  • Frontiers of Public Health
  • 1

Competencies for the Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program

Core Curriculum

Upon completing the core curriculum of the M.P.H. program, the student will be able to:

  • • Demonstrate a knowledge base in the disciplines of biostatistics, chronic and infectious disease epidemiology, health systems, public policy, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health.
  • • Apply basic research skills to specific public health problems in both group and individual settings, including the ability to define problems; construct, articulate, and test hypotheses; draw conclusions; and communicate findings to a variety of audiences.
  • • Explain the interrelationships among a multitude of factors that can impact a public health problem, including scientific, medical, environmental, cultural, social, behavioral, economic, political, and ethical factors.
  • • Review, critique, and evaluate public health reports and research articles.
  • • Apply public health concepts, principles, and methodologies obtained through formal course work to actual problems experienced in the community or work environment.
  • • Critically evaluate programs, interventions, and outcomes that relate to public health practice.
  • • Apply ethical standards and professional values as they relate to the practice of public health.
  • • Demonstrate sensitivity to the social context within which public health professionals practice.
Applied Biostatistics & Epidemiology Track

Upon receiving an M.P.H. degree in the Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program, with a concentration in Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology, the student will be able to:

  • • Describe intermediate to advanced concepts of random variation and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
  • • Develop an efficient design for collecting, recording, and storing data collected in the conduct of public health and medical research.
  • • Design efficient computer programs for study management, statistical analysis, as well as presentation using SAS and other programming languages.
  • • Produce edited data sets suitable for statistical analyses.
  • • Produce working tables and statistical summaries describing research in health science.
  • • Evaluate the scientific merit and feasibility of epidemiologic study designs.
  • • Describe the epidemiology of common chronic diseases.
  • • Synthesize information from a variety of epidemiologic and related studies.
  • • Design and carry out epidemiologic studies, with minimal supervision.
  • • Analyze data and draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic studies at an intermediate to advanced level, using a variety of analytical tools.
  • • Write an NIH-type epidemiologic research proposal.
  • • Identify, interpret, and use routinely collected data on disease occurrence.
  • • Review, critique, and evaluate epidemiologic reports and research articles, as well as the broader health sciences literature, at an intermediate level, using principles of epidemiology and biostatistics.
  • • Develop written presentations based on intermediate to advanced statistical and epidemiologic analyses for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences.
Social & Behavioral Sciences Track

Upon receiving an M.P.H. degree in the Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program, with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences, the student will be able to:

  • • Identify the effects of social, psychological, and behavioral factors on individual and population health, including prevention, treatment, and management of chronic disease, adjustment to illness, adherence to treatment regimens, and promotion of recovery.
  • • Analyze health from multiple levels, including the individual, social group, community, and society.
  • • Critically evaluate and interpret the public health scientific literature as presented in professional journals and the popular media, including descriptive, analytic, and intervention studies.
  • • Construct research hypotheses and design a study to test these hypotheses.
  • • Apply social, psychological, and behavioral theory in the design, implementation, and evaluation of prevention interventions aimed toward: (a) decreasing health-damaging behaviors (e.g., risky sex); (b) increasing health-promoting behaviors (e.g., exercise); and (c) increasing psychosocial well-being (e.g., coping with chronic illness).
  • • Design an intervention aimed at changing a particular health behavior or preventing a disease.
  • • Develop procedures and training materials to implement effective behavioral interventions.
  • • Describe how culture, social inequities, and biology influence health across the lifespan.
  • • Identify ways to address health inequalities and promote health equity.
  • • Describe the appropriate statistical analyses to examine different types of research questions in the social and behavioral sciences.
  • • Demonstrate oral and written communication and presentation skills to effectively communicate and disseminate results to various professional and community audiences.
  • • Explain the dynamic interaction between policies and the social and behavioral sciences.
  • • Apply the ethical principles involved in social and behavioral sciences as they relate to public health.
  • • Write an NIH-type research proposal.
Health Policy Track

Upon receiving an M.P.H. degree in the Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program, with a concentration in Health Policy, the student will be able to:

  • • Apply the principles of microeconomics (e.g., markets and market failure) in a health policy context.
  • • Conduct economic analysis, including cost-effectiveness analysis, to inform public health decision making.
  • • Describe and assess the historical evolution of the U.S. health care system.
  • • Describe the role of the major U.S. political institutions in health policy and politics.
  • • Utilize statistical analysis skills to conduct health systems and policy research.
  • • Utilize research design and data management skills to conduct health policy and management research.
  • • Evaluate health care financing, regulatory, and delivery systems.
  • • Demonstrate written communication skills to effectively communicate in professional health policy and community settings.
  • • Demonstrate oral communication and presentation skills to effectively communicate in professional health policy and community settings.
  • • Describe conceptual frameworks for political agenda setting.
  • • Perform strategic analysis and planning for public health care organizations.
  • • Evaluate health policies in terms of efficiency, efficacy, equity, and feasibility.
  • • Describe legal perspectives on health policy and management issues, including assessment of legal and regulatory environments in the context of public health.
  • • Apply ethical decision making in a health care context.
  • • Demonstrate leadership, team-based collaboration, and management skills.
  • • Work with and incorporate the perspectives of culturally diverse groups.
Global Health Track

Upon receiving an M.P.H. degree in the Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program, with a concentration in Global Health, the student will be able to:

  • • Describe the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the world and in the world’s major regions.
  • • Describe the epidemiology, transmission, and pathogenesis of global infectious diseases, including neglected tropical diseases.
  • • Apply burden of disease measures to the analysis of global health disparities.
  • • Explain the causes of global health disparities.
  • • Review methods available to control each of the world’s major diseases.
  • • Evaluate which disease control measures would be most appropriate for a given setting.
  • • Describe cross-national determinants of health, including globalization, international trade policy, practices of multinational corporations, urbanization, migration, international conflict, and environmental change.
  • • Analyze global health problems, taking into account their social, political, economic, legal, and human rights dimensions.
  • • Critically assess the global health governance infrastructure and analyze alternative approaches for health care delivery, regulation, and financing.
  • • Apply relevant concepts and theories to policy and management challenges faced by health systems in low-, middle-, and high-income countries.
  • • Assess global health issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, including public health disciplines, medicine, international relations, environmental studies, political science, law, anthropology, and others.
  • • Apply necessary leadership skills to serve as bridges between the global health research and practice settings.
  • • Apply quantitative and qualitative research methods to global health issues.
  • • Explain and propose solutions for the unique challenges involved in conducting public health research in low-resource settings.
Preventive Medicine Track

Upon receiving an M.P.H. degree in the Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program, with a concentration in Preventive Medicine, the student will be able to:

  • • Evaluate the scientific merit and feasibility of epidemiologic study designs.
  • • Construct research hypotheses and design a study to test these hypotheses.
  • • Synthesize information from a variety of epidemiologic and related studies.
  • • Describe the appropriate statistical analyses to examine different types of epidemiologic and social and behavioral research questions.
  • • Identify, interpret, and use routinely collected data on disease occurrence.
  • • Review, critique, and evaluate epidemiologic reports and research articles at an intermediate level.
  • • Write an NIH-type research proposal.
  • • Apply social, psychological, and behavioral theory in the design, implementation, and evaluation of prevention interventions.
  • • Describe the role of health behavior in disease.
  • • Evaluate and interpret health behavior change interventions.
  • • Review, interpret, and evaluate epidemiologic reports and research articles pertaining to occupational and environmental risk factors.
  • • Review, interpret, and evaluate toxicological reports and research articles pertaining to occupational and environmental risk factors.
  • • Synthesize complex data sources about occupational and environmental hazards to make inferences about human risk.
Occupational & Environmental Medicine Track

Upon receiving an M.P.H. degree in the Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program, with a concentration in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the student will be able to:

  • • Evaluate the scientific merit and feasibility of occupational and environmental health study designs.
  • • Describe and apply alternative strategies for assessment of occupational and environmental exposures.
  • • Design and conduct an occupational/environmental health study, with minimal supervision.
  • • Review, interpret, and evaluate epidemiologic reports and research articles pertaining to occupational and environmental risk factors.
  • • Review, interpret, and evaluate toxicological reports and research articles pertaining to occupational and environmental risk factors.
  • • Synthesize complex data sources about occupational and environmental hazards to make inferences about human risk.
  • • Evaluate work, home, and other environments for potential hazardous exposures.
  • • Utilize industrial hygiene principles to develop a plan to evaluate and control workplace hazards.
  • • Communicate occupational and environmental health information to employers, workers, professional audiences, and the general public, orally and in writing.

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B.A.-B.S./M.P.H. Select Program

The Select Program in Public Health gives Yale College students interested in the field of public health the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree from Yale College and an M.P.H. degree from the Yale School of Public Health in a five-year joint program.

A total of 18 course units is required for the M.P.H. degree. Students in the B.A.-B.S./M.P.H. program affiliate with one of seven departments or programs at the School of Public Health. Their primary adviser comes from this department/program, and their specific requirements within the five-year program are defined by this affiliation. Several course requirements can be taken while a senior at Yale College, with the remaining requirements satisfied during the one-year enrollment at the School of Public Health.

In their four years of Yale College enrollment, students complete a standard Yale College major, which consists of at least 36 course credits, 32 of which must be Yale College undergraduate approved courses credits. Two of those Yale College courses may be counted as electives toward the M.P.H. degree requirements. These electives must be on the School of Public Health’s list of approved courses.

The remaining 4 course credits of the 36 required for a Yale College degree are typically taken at YSPH in order to fulfill the M.P.H. degree requirements. Students may take additional YSPH courses while at Yale College, as long as they complete the required 32 undergraduate courses.

Students accepted into the B.A.-B.S./M.P.H. program typically take four or more of the following YSPH courses during their senior year:

  • BIS 505a and b, Introduction to Statistical Thinking I and II
  • CDE 505a, Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health
  • CDE/EMD 508a, Principles of Epidemiology I
  • EPH 515a, Ethics and Public Health: An Introduction
  • EHS 503b, Public Health Toxicology
  • or
  • EHS 510a, Principles of Environmental Health
  • HPM 510a, Introduction to Health Policy and Health Systems
  • or
  • HPM 560b, Health Economics and U.S. Health Policy

Before beginning their fifth year at YSPH, students complete a public health internship during the summer between the fourth and fifth years of the B.A.-B.S./M.P.H. program. Information about the summer internship is available at http://publichealth.yale.edu/internship. Students are in full-time residence at the School of Public Health during their fifth year in the program, during which time they complete the remaining required courses and the master’s thesis. Information on each department’s degree requirements is available at http://publichealth.yale.edu/admissions/programs/mph.

Yale College students may apply to YSPH for the joint program in the fall term of their junior year. Candidates for admission must present evidence of a commitment to public health, as well as quantitative skills. In addition, a year of college-level mathematics and a year of science and social science are strongly preferred, though some of these expectations can be completed after applying to the program. Additional expectations may apply to particular departments or programs. Applicants must complete YSPH application forms and submit transcripts, SAT scores, two letters of recommendation (at least one from an instructor in a Yale course), and a personal statement. Approval by the dean of the student’s residential college is also required.

Financial aid, if provided during the fifth year, will come from YSPH. The School cannot guarantee that the financial aid award in the fifth year will be equivalent to previous awards.

Further information about this program may be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs, 47 College St., Suite 108, New Haven CT 06510, 203.785.6260, or online at http://publichealth.yale.edu/admissions/programs/select/index.aspx.

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Shanghai Jiao Tong B.S./M.P.H. Dual-Degree Program

The Shanghai Jiao Tong B.S./M.P.H. Dual-Degree Program in public health gives undergraduate students interested in the field of public health the opportunity to earn a B.S. degree from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and an M.P.H. degree from the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) in a five-year joint program.

As participants in the dual-degree program, students will complete their first three academic years at SJTU (including potential study-abroad opportunities that are part of the regular SJTU curriculum). The fourth and fifth academic years of the program will take place at YSPH. After the successful completion of all SJTU requirements (including all requirements for course credits and graduation thesis), students will receive a B.S. degree from SJTU at the end of their fourth academic year; and after successful completion of all program requirements at Yale, students will receive an M.P.H. from Yale at the end of their fifth academic year.

SJTU students wishing to apply to the dual-degree program will become eligible to do so in the third year of their academic program at SJTU. Applicants must be in the top of their student cohort (e.g., the third-year class of which they are a member) at SJTU. SJTU students may apply to the dual-degree program between October 1 and November 1 of the third year of their academic program. Students must notify the registry at SJTU of their intent to apply to the program. A committee at SJTU will preselect at most twenty of the most qualified applicants and notify Yale of the intent of those students to apply. Applications must be submitted to the YSPH via its online application system. The registry at SJTU must also be notified of the intent to apply. Students may apply for a concentration in Biostatistics, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Health Care Management, Health Policy, or Social and Behavioral Sciences.

SJTU students admitted to the program will spend the entire fourth and fifth years of the program in residence at YSPH taking prescribed classes. A total of 20 course units is required for the Yale M.P.H. degree. Students admitted to the program will also participate in a public health-related internship during the summer between the end of the fourth academic year and the start of the fifth academic year. The internship must be approved by the YSPH Office of Public Health Practice.

Further information about this program may be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs, 47 College St., Suite 108, New Haven CT 06510, 203.785.6260, or on the Web at http://publichealth.yale.edu.

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Yale-NUS College Concurrent-Degree Program

The Yale-NUS College Concurrent-Degree Program in public health gives undergraduate students interested in the field of public health the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree from Yale-NUS College (Yale-NUS) and an M.P.H. degree from the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) in a five-year joint program.

As part of the concurrent-degree program, students will complete their first three academic years at Yale-NUS (including potential study-abroad opportunities that are part of the regular Yale-NUS curriculum). The first term of the fourth academic year will then take place at YSPH. In order to satisfy each student’s bachelor’s degree requirements, the second term of the fourth academic year will take place at Yale-NUS in Singapore. The entire fifth academic year will take place at YSPH.

Yale-NUS students wishing to apply to the concurrent-degree program will become eligible to do so in the third year of their academic program at Yale-NUS. Applicants must be among the top students in their cohort (e.g., the third-year class of which they are a member) at Yale-NUS. Yale-NUS students may apply to the concurrent-degree program between October 1 and November 1 of the third year of their academic program at Yale-NUS. Applications must be submitted to YSPH via its online application system. The registry at Yale-NUS must also be notified of the intent to apply. Students must apply for a concentration in Biostatistics, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Health Policy, or Social and Behavioral Sciences. Yale-NUS students admitted to the concurrent-degree program will not be eligible to apply for a concentration in Health Care Management.

The first term of the fourth academic year will be spent at YSPH taking 4 credits and beginning work on a capstone project (e.g., senior thesis). The second term of the fourth academic year will be spent at Yale-NUS, where the student will complete a capstone project, take two approved public health-related modules at Yale-NUS or the National University of Singapore, and take one elective/major module. The entire fifth year of the program will be spent in residence at YSPH taking prescribed classes. A total of 18 course units is required for the M.P.H. degree. Students may, with prior approval, count two courses in their major (e.g., Life Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, etc.) or selective electives at Yale-NUS toward the M.P.H. degree requirements of the concurrent-degree program.

As part of the program, Yale-NUS students admitted to the concurrent-degree program will participate in a public health-related internship during the summer between the end of the fourth academic year and the start of the fifth academic year. The internship must be approved by the YSPH Office of Public Health Practice. Students who are not U.S. citizens must complete the internship outside of the United States.

Further information about this program may be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs, 47 College St., Suite 108, New Haven CT 06510, 203.785.6260, or on the Web at http://publichealth.yale.edu.

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Accelerated M.B.A./M.P.H. Program in Health Care Management

The Accelerated M.B.A./M.P.H. Program in Health Care Management enables students to earn an M.B.A. degree from the Yale School of Management (SOM) and an M.P.H. degree from the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) in a twenty-two-month integrated program. The program is designed to provide future health care leaders with the interdisciplinary training and perspective needed to address complex and multidimensional industry challenges.

Students begin the program with an intensive summer session at YSPH, where they complete M.P.H. core courses in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The first year is spent at SOM, and students take courses at both schools during the final year.

Curriculum for the Accelerated M.B.A./M.P.H. in Health Care Management

In this program, students complete a minimum of 14 course units at YSPH and 52 course units at SOM, which include 33 units of core requirements and 19 elective course units. The 14 course units completed at YSPH can be applied to the 19 elective course units required at SOM.

Yale School of Public Health
Core Requirements
  • Course number
  • Course title
  • Course units
  • BIS 515c
  • Accelerated Biostatistics
  • 2
  • CDE 505c
  • Accelerated Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health
  • 1
  • CDE 515c
  • Accelerated Epidemiology
  • 1
  • EHS 510b
  • Principles of Environmental Health
  • 1
  • EPH 100a
  • Professional Skills Seminar
  • n/a
  • EPH 515a
  • Ethics and Public Health: An Introduction
  • n/a
Health Care Management Requirements
  • HPM 561b
  • Managing Health Care Organizations
  • 1
  • HPM 570a
  • Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Decision Making
  • 1
  • HPM 583b
  • Methods in Health Services Research
  • 1
  • HPM 698b
  • Health Care Policy, Finance, and Economics
  • 1
  • *HPM 699a and b
  • Colloquium in Health Care Leadership (four terms)
  • 1
  • Three electives at YSPH
  • 3
  • One of the following global health courses:†
  • CDE 551b
  • Global Noncommunicable Disease
  • 1
  • EMD/HPM 566b
  • Critical Issues in Global Health
  • 1
  • HPM 576b
  • Comparative Health Care Systems
  • 1
Public Health Practice Requirement
  • One of the following four:
  • EPH 500b
  • Public Health Practicum
  • 1
  • EPH 520c
  • Summer Internship (approval required)
  • n/a
  • EPH 542b
  • Practice-Based Community Health Research
  • 1
  • HPM 555a or b
  • Health Care Management Practicum
  • 1
*Students may replace the second year of HPM 699a and b with an elective at YSPH. †Students may select an alternative global health course from the Global Health Concentration course list.
Yale School of Management
Core Requirements
  • Course number
  • Course title
  • Course units
  • MGT 401a
  • Managing Groups and Teams
  • 1
  • MGT 402a
  • Basics of Accounting
  • 2
  • MGT 403a
  • Probability Modeling and Statistics
  • 2
  • MGT 404a
  • Basics of Economics
  • 2.5
  • MGT 405a
  • Modeling Managerial Decisions
  • 2
  • MGT 408a
  • Introduction to Negotiation
  • 0.5
  • MGT 410a
  • Competitor
  • 2
  • MGT 411a
  • Customer
  • 2
  • MGT 412a
  • Investor
  • 2
  • MGT 413b
  • State and Society
  • 2
  • MGT 417a
  • Power and Politics
  • 2
  • MGT 418b
  • Global Virtual Teams
  • 2
  • MGT 420b
  • Employee
  • 2
  • MGT 421b
  • Innovator
  • 2
  • MGT 422b
  • Operations Engine
  • 2
  • MGT 423a
  • Sourcing and Managing Funds
  • 2
  • MGT 425b
  • The Global Macroeconomy
  • 2
  • MGT 430b
  • The Executive
  • 2
  • International Experience (during spring break)
  • n/a

Competencies for the Accelerated M.B.A./M.P.H. in Health Care Management

Core Curriculum

Upon completing the core curriculum of the M.P.H. program, the student will be able to:

  • • Demonstrate a knowledge base in the disciplines of biostatistics, chronic and infectious disease epidemiology, health systems, public policy, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health.
  • • Apply basic research skills to specific public health problems in both group and individual settings, including the ability to define problems; construct, articulate, and test hypotheses; draw conclusions; and communicate findings to a variety of audiences.
  • • Explain the interrelationships among a multitude of factors that can impact a public health problem, including scientific, medical, environmental, cultural, social, behavioral, economic, political, and ethical factors.
  • • Review, critique, and evaluate public health reports and research articles.
  • • Apply public health concepts, principles, and methodologies obtained through formal course work to actual problems experienced in the community or work environment.
  • • Critically evaluate programs, interventions, and outcomes that relate to public health practice.
  • • Apply ethical standards and professional values as they relate to the practice of public health.
  • • Demonstrate sensitivity to the social context within which public health professionals practice.
Health Care Management Program

Upon receiving an M.P.H. degree in the Accelerated M.B.A./M.P.H. Program in Health Care Management, the student will be able to:

  • • Conduct financial analyses, including reading and analyzing financial statements.
  • • Conduct economic analyses, including cost-effectiveness analysis, to inform health management decision making.
  • • Apply operations management concepts to address organizational performance issues in health service organizations.
  • • Apply the principles of marketing analysis and planning to public health programs and health service organizations.
  • • Utilize statistical analysis skills to conduct health systems and policy research.
  • • Utilize research design and data management skills to conduct health policy and management research.
  • • Evaluate health care financing, regulatory, and delivery systems.
  • • Demonstrate written communication skills to effectively communicate in health policy, management, and community settings.
  • • Demonstrate oral communication and presentation skills to effectively communicate in health policy, management, and community settings.
  • • Utilize advocacy, persuasion, and negotiation skills to influence health policy and management decision making.
  • • Perform strategic analysis and planning for health care organizations.
  • • Describe legal perspectives on health policy and management issues, including assessment of legal and regulatory environments in the context of public health.
  • • Apply ethical decision making in a health care context.
  • • Apply management problem-solving skills to improve functioning of organizations and agencies in health systems.
  • • Demonstrate leadership, team-based collaboration, and conflict management skills.
  • • Coach and provide constructive feedback to colleagues.
  • • Work with and incorporate perspectives of culturally diverse groups.

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Other Joint-Degree Programs

In addition to the joint-degree programs previously discussed, the Yale School of Public Health offers the following joint-degree programs in collaboration with the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and other Yale professional schools:

Divinity M.Div./M.P.H. and M.A.R./M.P.H.

Forestry & Environmental Studies M.F./M.P.H., M.F.S./M.P.H., M.E.Sc./M.P.H., M.E.M./M.P.H.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences M.A./M.P.H. with the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs; International and Development Economics; and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies

Law J.D./M.P.H.

Management M.B.A./M.P.H.

Medicine M.D./M.P.H. (please see the Advanced Professional M.P.H.) and M.M.Sc./M.P.H. with the Physician Associate Program

Nursing M.S.N./M.P.H.

Joint-degree candidates must apply to and be accepted by each school. Students should contact admissions offices at both schools to learn about admissions requirements and deadlines. Joint-degree students must fulfill degree requirements for both programs. YSPH students are typically required to complete a minimum of 15 course units toward the M.P.H. degree. Advisers from the respective schools will assist students with mapping curriculum. For specific degree requirement information, students should contact the YSPH registrar.

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