The MPH degree is the most widely recognized
professional credential for leadership positions in public health. This degree
is appropriate for those who wish to pursue careers in developing, planning,
managing, or evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs, or in
conducting public health related research. MPH graduates are able to integrate
and apply their knowledge to address public health problems, and possess skills
and competencies necessary for public health practice in a wide range of public
and private institutions. Graduates are typically employed in governmental
or non-profit health agencies, health care facilities, work site wellness
programs or school settings.
UNF’s MPH Program provides students with the
professional education necessary to become competent and committed Public
Health practitioners by preparing them with a broad understanding of the core
areas of public health combined with a focus on competencies specific to the
health promotion and education concentration area. Public health core courses are designed
around the “Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals” developed by the
Council on Linkages Between
Academia and Public Health Practice. Epidemiology and Biostatistics are the basic
sciences necessary to measure the extent of health problems, investigate
disease causation and risks in populations, and identify effective
interventions. Training in social and behavioral sciences related to public
health examines the political, economic and socio-cultural context of community
health and teaches skills necessary for successful health education and health
promotion efforts. The organizational aspects of public health administration,
policy development, and inter- organizational cooperation are part of the
discipline of health services administration. Instruction in environmental health
sciences acquaints students with biophysical aspects of public health.
Additionally, students receive training in Health Promotion/Health Education, preparing them to enter a
career in planning, implementing, coordinating and evaluating health promotion
and disease prevention programs as well as conducting research. The MPH concentration area is aligned with
the seven “Responsibilities and Competencies of Health Educators” delineated by
the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. (NCHEC).
Throughout the program, the values of
ethical public health practice such as equity, honesty and the balance of
individual rights and community responsibilities are taught. Interpersonal
skills such as cooperation with other professionals and staff, and working with
individuals and community groups in a sensitive and unbiased way are
emphasized. The improvement of the public health knowledge base through both
basic and applied research is stressed.
The UNF MPH Program is nationally accredited by the Council on
Education for Public Health (CEPH). Graduates
are eligible to earn the Certified in Public Health (CPH) certification by
passing the CPH exam offered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). This certification is only available to graduates of CEPH
accredited programs. Graduates are also eligible to become a Certified Health
Education Specialist (CHES) by passing the exam offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).
The MPH Program’s instructional goal is to provide a relevant and high
quality educational program that prepares graduates for successful
careers in public health.
The MPH Program’s research goal is to engage in innovative research
leading to new discoveries and practices that impact public health and
prevention of disease.
The MPH Program’s service goal is to provide service that improves the
health of individuals and groups within the communities we serve.
be able to demonstrate:
The MPH Program provides a positive learning environment that
supports quality teaching, research and service through its commitment to the
The MPH faculty are committed to achieving diversity
and cultural competence within the Program. We support the University Mission,
Vision, Goals, Strategies and Values reflecting the value of diversity, and the
Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity’s mission and policies.
fosters the intellectual and cultural growth and civic awareness of its
students, preparing them to make significant contributions to their communities
in the region and beyond. At UNF, students and faculty engage together and
individually in the discovery and application of knowledge. UNF faculty and
staff maintain an unreserved commitment to student success within a diverse,
supportive campus culture.
aspires to be a preeminent public institution of higher learning that will
serve the North Florida region at a level of national quality. The institution
of choice for a diverse and talented student body, UNF will provide distinctive
programs in the arts and sciences and professional fields. UNF faculty will
excel in teaching and scholarship, sharing with students their passion for
discovery. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors will enjoy a campus
noteworthy for its communal spirit, cultural richness, and environmental
UNF “is committed to providing an
inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our
community. In building this environment, we strive to attract students,
faculty and staff from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences.
While embracing these concepts, including our obligations under federal, state
and local law, UNF is equally committed to ensuring that educational and
employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, admission,
hiring, compensation and promotion, are based on the qualifications, skills and
abilities of those desiring to work, study, and participate in our community.
To accomplish this intent, UNF
shall not commit or permit discrimination or harassment on the basis of genetic
information, race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, gender
identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin or
veteran status in any educational, employment, social or recreational program
or activity it offers. Similarly, UNF will not commit or permit
retaliation against an individual who complains of discrimination or harassment
or an individual who cooperates in an investigation of an alleged violation of
University Regulation. In exercising these standards, the University will
not abridge either free speech or academic freedom based on its context.”
The MPH Program subscribes to the basic
standards underlying the professional codes of ethics developed and adopted by professional
public health associations. These
include the Principles of the Ethical Practice of Public Healthdeveloped by the Public Health
Leadership Society, and the Code of Ethics for the Health Education Profession, developed by the Coalition of
National Health Education Organizations.
As a student in the program, you are expected to be familiar with and follow
these professional standards of ethics.
The MPH faculty have developed a number of
Program and course policies to benefit students. As your professors, one of our roles is to
help you develop professionalism. We
expect students to present themselves as professionals both in class and when
interacting in the community as a representative of the UNF MPH Program. You are a reflection of our Program. When you are applying for jobs, you will be
competing against other highly qualified graduates from various states and
related programs. We want you to stand
out, to be professional, and to be successful in your future career.
in the MPH Program are expected to demonstrate professional behaviors such as:
1) honesty; 2) commitment to learning, 3) appropriate interpersonal and
communication skills, 4) effective use of time and resources, 5) use of
constructive feedback, 6) problem-solving, 7) responsibility, 8) critical
thinking, and 9) stress management. The MPH Program Faculty strongly believes
that professional behavior patterns begin during the student’s academic
preparation. Class attendance, promptness, preparation and active participation
in class activities and discussions are prime indicators of mature and
professional behavior. Non-compliance with professionalism policies may result
in a reduced grade or failure in a given course.
encourages the free and open pursuit of knowledge; we consider this to be a
fundamental principle and strength of a democratic people. To this end, UNF
expects its students, its faculty, its administrators, and its staff to uphold
the highest standards of academic integrity. UNF expects all members of the University
community to both honor and protect one another’s individual and collective
are expected to abide by the policy on academic integrity as stated in the UNF Graduate Catalog:
student is honor-bound to submit under his or her name or signature only his or
her own work; to fully acknowledge his or her use of any information, ideas, or
other matter belonging to someone else, and to properly document the source in
question; and to offer for credit only that work which he or she has completed
in relation to the current course.
this heading, the UNF Student Handbook identifies several types of violations;
these include but are not limited to: cheating; fabricating and falsifying
information or citations; submitting the same work for credit in more than one
course; plagiarizing; providing another student with access to one’s own work
to submit under this person’s name or signature; destroying, stealing, or
making inaccessible library or other academic resource material; and helping or
attempting to help another person commit an act of academic dishonesty. UNF
authorizes any instructor who finds evidence of cheating, plagiarism, or other
wrongful behavior that violates the UNF Academic Integrity Code to take
appropriate action. Possible action includes, but is not limited to, failing
the student on the work in question, failing the student for the course,
notifying the appropriate academic dean or Vice President for Student Affairs,
and requesting additional action be taken.
consequences of a breach of academic integrity may result in an F, which is
unforgivable, regardless of withdrawal status, and dismissal from the MPH
courses may address subject matters, issues, or perspectives to which some
might object. Such objections will not exempt a student from course
requirements. UNF stands behind the right of its instructors to include
material that is challenging in any number of ways. The faculty urges students
to discuss any concerns they might have concerning the content of their courses
with their instructors.
1. Professional Orientation
2. Getting Started
3. Program & Degree Requirements
4. Policies & Procedures
5. Financial Support
7. Graduate Certificate in Public Health
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