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M.P.H. Program

Why Choose UConn?

You can join students, alumni and faculty who are at work shaping our public health system and services. When thinking about public health around Connecticut, it’s hard to exaggerate our program’s influence. Our alumni and faculty are found in various positions across the university and throughout the state. M.P.H. program alumni hold positions as:

  • health directors and staff in state, local, and federal health departments
  • managers of community health, social service, and nonprofit organizations
  • managers and scientists of pharmaceutical firms, health insurance companies, and hospital systems
  • educators and researchers
  • community-based physicians
  • public policy advocates

Challenge Yourself

Here at UConn, you’ll find a curriculum that challenges you to consider your role in shaping health services and the environment to benefit health and well being. An experienced, engaging faculty will provide you with ample opportunity to pursue scholarship and service learning activities where you’ll acquire skills needed for leadership in the public health field.

The UConn Master of Public Health Program has offered a CEPH-accredited degree since 1984.

Vision

Our program’s vision is that the University of Connecticut (UConn) Graduate Program in Public Health is an integral contributor to the effort to make Connecticut residents among the healthiest, most productive and satisfied of Americans.

 

Mission

In furtherance of our program’s vision, the mission of the UConn Master of Public Health (MPH) program is to offer an exemplary academic environment that prepares interprofessional learners to achieve high standards of public health practice. Public health careers for the 21st century, along with many in the related health and human services, will require competence in interprofessional practice that coordinates skill sets and perspectives of various disciplines in pursuing effective, comprehensive, systems-level improvements to our environment and social structure. Interprofessional competencies refer to the capacity of individuals and teams to enact knowledge, skills, values and attitudes essential for working together across professions and stakeholder groups to improve.

 

Values

In our approach to an interprofessional focus of our MPH program, we prioritize the following values:

  • Population centric – putting public concerns and needs above individuals or the profession.
  • Evidence based – utilizing best available information to inform decisions and actions in the practice of public health.
  • Social justice – believing that wellness is a public good and fundamental right of all individuals. As such, we challenge the basis of health inequity wherever it occurs.
  • Engagement – fostering reciprocal, equitable partnerships among stakeholders to distribute responsibilities for selection, implementation and assessment of public health activities.
  • Teamwork – functioning across disciplines and circumstance to achieve integrated, cohesive approaches to community concerns.
  • Advocacy – increasing awareness and support for a robust, comprehensive public health agenda.
  • Resolve – preparing life-long learners to address current and emerging public health challenges.
  • Integrity – promoting the highest standards of objectivity and accountability in work and interpersonal relations.
  • Respect – incorporating differing beliefs, cultures and practices into all program activities.

 

Objectives

Interprofessionalism:

  • Provide options for public health students to pursue professional (dual) degrees that integrate public health, clinical, and non-clinical disciplines.
  • Encourage and accommodate enrollment of students from across the University and the community in our public health courses.

Education:

  • Offer a competency-based core curriculum.
  • Facilitate global learning and research by faculty and students.
  • Assure graduates are competent professional practitioners of public health.
  • Nurture diversity of experience and interest in faculty, students and program staff.
  • Maintain appropriate faculty to deliver an exemplary interprofessional practice curriculum.

Service:

  • Promote continuing education/life-long learning across public health specialties.
  • Emphasize opportunities for service learning throughout the curriculum.
  • Support career development among the public health workforce.

Research:

  • Prepare students to design, undertake and disseminate relevant public health research.
  • Promote ethical, compassionate and culturally appropriate public health research.
  • Emphasize research focused on causes and control of inequities in health.

Administration:

  • Maintain a rigorous and recurring schedule to evaluate program practices and impact.
  • Recruit and retain a diversity student body and workforce.
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders and community-at-large in advocacy of our discipline and educational offerings.

 

Program Competencies

Upon completing requirements of the MPH degree, our graduates will be able to:

  • Use vital statistics and other key data sources to characterize the health status, social conditions and health risk factors evident in communities, with particular attention given to health inequalities.
  • Illustrate the role public health plays in informing scientific, ethical, economic, social and political discussions about health.
  • Apply basic methods and terminology to calculate and report disease rates and risks in populations.
  • Employ principles of research design, probability and measurement to draw appropriate inferences from data.
  • Utilize appropriate information technologies to collect, analyze and disseminate data.
  • Assess the strengths and limitations of various research designs in collecting, analyzing and interpreting information from public health studies.
  • Identify main components of the organization, financing and delivery of health care and public health services in the U.S. and in other countries.
  • Promote evidence-based public health practices that affect the health of communities.
  • Identify genetic, behavioral and circumstantial factors affecting individual and group susceptibility to adverse environmental hazards.
  • Describe mechanisms of toxicity that explain direct and indirect effects of environments on human health.
  • Contrast basic social and behavioral science theories about the causes and control of public health concerns.
  • Examine root causes of injustice, inefficiency and ineffectiveness of U.S. health care.
  • Design and implement public health interventions according to sound ethical and legal standards.

The following 4 competencies address elements of interprofessional public health practice expected of all program graduates. Competency on these topics is presumed to be gained through completion of required and elective/selective coursework, practical experiences and capstone activities.

  • Use written and oral formats to deliver efficient and effective messages that assess risk, promote health and manage disease in communities.
  • Acknowledge one’s role and those of other professions in addressing the needs of communities served.
  • Establish and lead teams to develop and advocate for effective policy and program change.
  • Respect and protect the rights and differences of persons and the communities in which they live.

 

Goals

Interprofessionalism - Scholarship of Integration

We will sustain an environment wherein students, staff, faculty and community partners embrace collaboration across disciplines of public health, law, social work, pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, basic sciences and engineering, education, rehabilitation, business administration and allied health professions.
Goal #1:  Recruit and prepare MPH students who will engage collaboratively with practitioners in the pursuit of system-level public health solutions to community health concerns.
Education - Scholarship of Teaching

We will be innovative in the delivery of curriculum, the provision of experiential learning options and the evaluation of curricular practices.
Goal #2:  Prepare, through exemplary didactic and experiential learning, competent public health practitioners who know and demonstrate interprofessional understanding of public health, medicine, dental medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law, social work and public administration.
Goal #3:  Be recognized nationally as the leading educational institution that prepares leaders in the interprofessional practice of public health.
Service - Scholarship of Application

We will be active proponents and policy developers to favorably affect the social determinants of health and the delivery of public health services.
Goal #4:  Enable students, staff, faculty and community-based partners to contribute competent, collaborative effort toward assuring healthful, satisfying lives of Connecticut residents and beyond.
Research - Scholarship of Discovery

We will support activities that increase our understanding of the social, behavioral, physical and biological bases of population health and health service delivery.

Goal #5:  Uncover determinants of health and well-being and disseminate that information in support of evidence-based health promotion/disease prevention practices for populations.
Goal #6:  Promote an environment where faculty and students collaborate on research addressing public health concerns and practices.
Leadership - Scholarship of Administration

We will continually examine our efforts to prepare competent, successful and satisfied students, support the work of faculty, staff and community partners and have meaningful impact on the well-being and prosperity of our community.
Goal #7:  Effectively utilize University, program and community resources to sustain a high quality, high impact program in academic public health.

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