Major: Community Health
Degree: Master of Public Health
Core Requirements (21 credits)
Concentration Requirements (15
Major Electives (9 credits)
A list of approved electives is posted on the MPH website. Other graduate level courses may be taken with approval of the MPH Program Director.
HSC6215: Environmental Health 3
An ecological examination of the relationships between environmental
conditions and human health. Special emphasis will be given to principles,
processes, priorities, and current research in the study of environmental
problems and their impact on health and disease in human populations.
HSC6505: Epidemiology 3
This course covers epidemiological concepts and methods for measuring and
interpreting data related to the distribution and determinants of morbidity and
mortality in human populations. The knowledge and skills acquired should enable
one to plan, develop, conduct, and interpret findings from epidemiologic
investigations and other types of studies, and to make meaningful
recommendations for methods of disease control and prevention.
HSC6585: Health Promotion and Health Education Strategies 3
An examination of the implementation,
coordination and effectiveness of health promotion and health education
strategies and methods.
HSC6587: Program Planning in Health Promotion/Education 3
An analysis of the essential aspects of
planning procedures used in the development of community-based health promotion
and health education programs.
HSC6603: Theory of Health Behavior 3
An exploration of the theoretical and
conceptual models and factors underlying public health behavior and health
promotion programs and their application in planning, implementing, and
evaluating public health programs for behavioral change.
HSC6716: Health Program Evaluation 3
This course focuses on principles and
methods employed in program evaluation and evaluative research. Issues of
conceptualization and design in evaluation are emphasized. The course also
addresses operational procedures used in evaluation studies ranging from
identification of variables to instrument design and use of findings. The
course reviews applications of evaluative research in health services decision
HSC6735: Health Science Research 3
Prerequisite: HSC 6505. A study of the investigative and
analytical methods used in health related research. Emphasizes design, sampling
techniques, data collection and processing, interpretation of the results and
PHC6050: Public Health Biostatistics I 3
Prerequisite: Undergraduate statistics course or equivalent
Description: This course focuses on the principles and methods of reasoning
that underlie modern biostatistics, providing the basis for further study in
epidemiology and biostatistics. The course will provide information concerning
specific descriptive and inferential techniques commonly used in public health
PHC6102: Public Health Policy and Management 3 This course examines the organization, financing, and delivery of public health and personal health services, with emphasis on major current health policy and management issues related to access, quality and cost.
PHC6103: Essentials of Public Health Practice 3
This public health core course provides
an overview of the three fundamental areas in public health practice including
assessment, policy development and assurance. Purpose and examples of each area
are examined within the context of an operating county level public health
PHC6940: Public Health Capstone 3
Prerequisite: Completion of or current enrollment in all
required MPH courses and permission of the PHC 6940 Public Health Capstone
Instructor This course prepares students for entry into a public health career
through development of professional skills, securing an internship site, developing
the internship project proposal, obtaining necessary approvals, and preparation
for national certification. This course must be completed the semester
immediately prior to Public Health Internship. This course is offered spring
PHC6945: Public Health Internship 3
Prerequisite: Completion of PHC 6940 and permission of the
Capstone Instructor This course consists of two major components: 1) a planned,
supervised practice experience with an approved public health organization; and
2) the comprehensive examination. During the practice experience students will
apply the knowledge and skills learned in MPH core and health education
specialization courses to actual public health problems. The comprehensive
examination will assess student proficiency in the concepts and skills learned
in MPH core and health education specialization courses. This course is offered
summer term only.
The UNF MPH Capstone and Internship consists
of two 3-credit courses taken over 2 semesters.
Students set up the internship in the spring semester (PHC 6940 Public
Health Capstone) and complete the internship hours in the summer semester (PHC
6945 Public Health Internship). The
internship is the final culminating field experience required for the Master of
Public Health (MPH) degree and serves as an opportunity for the student to put
into action the knowledge, skills and abilities which they have acquired during
their degree program. The MPH Internship
Handbook and a List of Potential Internship Sites are posted on the MPH Bb
To accomplish the internship objectives,
prospective practice experiences may focus on, but are not limited to:
Internships must be completed at an approved and affiliated site as
determined by the MPH Capstone Committee.
Sites are not required to provide any salary or benefits to interns;
payment is at the individual agency’s discretion. It is not recommended to complete internships
at agencies where family and/or friends are employed.
Students wishing to intern at
a site that does not have an established affiliation agreement with UNF should
meet with the Faculty Internship Coordinator at least one semester, preferably
one year, prior to the desired internship semester to allow adequate time for
the affiliation agreement completion. It
is highly recommended that students choose an approved alternative site in the
event the affiliation agreement is not able to be executed.
It is expected that the
internship experience will be completed in the Northeast Florida area (50-mile
radius of the University of North Florida) at an approved and affiliated
agency. Out-of-area internships are granted only in extenuating circumstances
and are left to the discretion of the MPH Capstone Committee. The MPH Capstone Committee reserves the right
to deny the out-of-area internship proposal if it does not meet the internship
program requirements. Students who
desire to intern out of the area should meet with the Faculty Internship
Coordinator at least one year prior to the desired internship semester to allow
adequate time for affiliation agreement completion and other arrangements.
It is highly recommended that
students choose an approved alternative site in the Northeast Florida area in
the event the affiliation agreement is not able to be executed. It is important to note that there will be
required meetings on campus during the internship semester and the out-of-area
intern will be required to attend these meetings in order to receive full
course credit. No exceptions will be
made for the course requirements, the comprehensive examination, or internship
The policy of the MPH Program only allows students to intern at their
current community health-related place of employment in rare
circumstances. In order for students to
complete the internship experience at their current place of employment, they
must complete the required minimum 175 hours in addition to their regular
employment hours and report to someone other than their current supervisor.
The duties completed must
extend beyond, or be something other than his/her regular work duties and allow
application of the knowledge and skills learned during the student’s degree
program. A Dual Place of Employment and Internship Site Agreement Form must be
signed by the student and site preceptor prior to internship approval.
Students must complete a minimum of 150 hours during the 3 credit hour summer
internship and may complete an additional 50 hours during the spring capstone course. The internship project is a
graduate level culminating project and should comprise the majority of these
hours. This project will be proposed in
the Internship Project Proposal paper during the spring Capstone course. If the intern and/or preceptor are not sure if the proposed project is
appropriate for a graduate level project or will fit the project proposal paper
format, please contact the Faculty Internship Coordinator to discuss. It is NOT
acceptable for graduate level interns to only focus on a variety of small
projects such as conducting a presentation, developing some print materials,
attending some meetings or completing routine daily tasks.
It is recognized that interns will also work
on a variety of daily tasks to learn about the agency, to assist the agency in
achieving its mission, and to gain practical experience and competence in the
profession. The distribution of these
hours will be determined by the intern, their preceptor and the nature of the
The Internship Project Proposal should
delineate the specific plans for how the internship project will be
accomplished. It is essential for the student and the site preceptor to
communicate about the work that will be accomplished during the internship and set
reasonable deadlines well before the internship semester commences.
The MPH Capstone Committee will review and approve internship sites and
project proposals before the internship semester commences. The
Internship Project Proposal paper is a working draft and may need to
be revised before the project proposal
is given final approval based on review by the MPH Capstone Committee to ensure goals are appropriate for the MPH
Capstone experience. (However, all
versions of the Internship Project Proposal paper turned in should be of ‘final
paper’ quality). While it may be
necessary during the internship to modify strategies for completing internship
goals, the site preceptor and Faculty Internship Coordinator must first approve
comprehensive examination represents the culmination of the academic experience
in the MPH Program. This examination assesses each student’s
understanding of the UNF MPH Graduate Academic Learning Compacts, which are
based on the core areas of public health and specialization in health
promotion/education. Additionally, the exam assesses student’s ability to
apply this knowledge to contemporary public health issues. The exam
consists of 150 multiple choice questions divided into six sections
representing each public health core area and the health promotion/health
education concentration. The five core areas of public health
include: Biostatistics & Research, Environmental Health, Epidemiology,
Health Administration, and Social & Behavioral Health. The health
promotion/health education section includes questions addressing: Assessing,
Planning, Implementing & Evaluating Health Programs, Acting as a Resource
Person in Health Education, and Communicating and Advocating for Health
Education. All questions are subject to
review by the Program Director and Program Faculty.
will be taken during the last semester of the program. The examination is given on campus at a set
time via Blackboard early in the final semester. The exam will be closed book and timed.
Although the comprehensive examination is administered through the
Internship course, it is a requirement of the UNF MPH Program. Students must
pass all sections of the Comprehensive Examination in order to graduate from the UNF MPH
program. Students who do not pass on the first attempt will be allowed one additional attempt during the internship semester.
UNF MPH students are required
to complete public health related service hours each year; 10 hours per
academic year for full-time students and 7 hours for part-time students. Students must keep a log and documentation of
their hours served throughout the program.
The log should include dates, times, events and responsibilities. Documentation may include a brochure, flyer,
signed note or picture at the event. It
is the student’s responsibility to keep the log and documentation until it is collected
in the PHC 6945 Public Health Capstone course.
The hours will count toward the Capstone course grade. Service hours that completed for another MPH
course or work should not be counted.
Opportunities to receive service hours will be advertised through the
UNF MPH Bb site. Examples of events that
will be counted toward the service hours include:
of Community Health undergraduates or MPH students. Faculty will email
information about tutoring opportunities through the UNF MPH Bb site.
UNF MPH Program events such as the MPH Student Advisory Board, MPH recruitment
fairs, ESG events, etc.
in local public health events such as coalition meetings, conferences,
If you are unsure whether an
event will count toward service hours, ask an MPH faculty member. If you have an event you would like to share
with other MPH students, please email it through the MPH Bb site.
MPH students may complete 3
credit hours of Field Experience (HSC 6816-Field Experiences in Health) as one
of their program electives. Students who would like to choose this
elective must receive permission from the MPH Program Director. Students must have completed one full time
academic year of coursework before they will be allowed to register for field
experience (e.g., 6 MPH courses, typically 3 in fall and 3 in spring).
Students will only be allowed to complete a field experience and their
internship with the same agency in very rare circumstances and with permission
of the Capstone/Internship Committee.
After approval from the MPH Program
Director, the student will work with the Field Experience Instructor and must
follow the guidelines and deadlines set forth in the MPH Field Experience
Handbook. There are a number of deadlines that must be met the semester
before the field experience in order to complete the required
documents. Students must complete
all required field experience forms and assignments by the deadlines determined
by the Field Experience Instructor.
Students take three
electives courses as part of the UNF MPH program.
Approved electives and graduate Certificate Programs are posted on the UNF MPH Program website. Students must obtain approval
from the Program Director prior to enrolling in any elective courses not on
this list. Study abroad courses are also
offered regularly through the Brooks College of Health and students may seek
approval to use these courses as electives. Elective courses must be graduate
courses at the 5000 or 6000 level or higher.
UNF requires that a student who
has taken courses at UNF or elsewhere more than five years prior to the
completion of a graduate degree program or admission to candidacy for the
doctoral degree must petition his or her graduate program director to validate
these courses before the Graduate School will apply them toward the student’s
fulfillment of degree requirements. Graduate program directors have the
authority to require the student to demonstrate his or her knowledge of the
material covered in those courses.
The residency requirement at UNF is 24
semester credit hours; 18 of which must be taken at the 6000 level.
With approval of the Program Director and the
MPH Program Curriculum Committee, a student may transfer up to nine (9)
semester hours of course work from another regionally accredited graduate
program at an approved institution if
those courses are determined to have met the necessary MPH Program competencies.
Students wishing to enroll in courses at
another institution while also enrolled at UNF for the purpose of transferring
credits into their UNF graduate program of study must complete a “Concurrent
Enrollment” form and have prior approval from the Program Director.
Students are strongly advised not to enroll in
courses at another institution during their last semester at UNF. Graduation
will most likely be delayed for students who do attempt concurrent enrollment
in their last semester.
A student may transfer up to 10 hours of
graduate course work taken at UNF as a post-baccalaureate if that coursework is
relevant to the MPH degree program. Such transfer credits will not be included
in the student’s UNF graduate GPA. The
student must receive the approval of the Program Director, who will so inform
One-Stop Student Services. Students who transfer 10 hours of coursework as a
post-baccalaureate may not transfer any additional hours from another
Following the course sequence is
mandatory to graduate according to the schedule shown in the MPH Handbook for
your cohort and to be prepared for subsequent courses. Courses are only offered
one time per year. Students who fail to follow the course sequencing will delay
their graduation, possibly for a year or more. International students who do
not follow the sequence will not be granted extensions of their stay in the
U.S., and may forfeit their ability to complete the degree. When we make
changes in the course sequencing, we will make appropriate accommodations for
students who might be adversely affected for reasons out of their control.
However, the program is not obligated to make special accommodations for
students who fail to follow the course sequencing we provide.
HSC 6505: Epidemiology & Disease Control
PHC 6050: Public Health Biostats I
PHC 6102: Public Health Policy & Management
HSC 6215: Environmental Health
HSC 6735: Health Science Research
HSC 6603: Theory of Health Behavior
HSC 6587: Program Planning in Health
HSC 6585: Health Promotion/Ed Strategies
HSC 6716: Health Program Evaluation
PHC 6050: Public
Health Biostats I
Essentials of Public Health
HSC 6735: Health
HSC 6505: Epidemiology
& Disease Control
HSC 6585: Health
PHC 6102: Public Health Policy & Management
HSC 6587: Program
Planning in Health
HSC 6716: Health
Students are required to apply
for graduation by the published deadline during the first month of the term in
which you expect to graduate. Failure to apply for graduation by the
deadline may affect your ability to graduate and can result in
the delay of your diploma and transcripts.
Graduation applications are
available on the web or from One-Stop Student Services. You may apply online in
by signing into Student
Self-Service, then selecting Student Records, then Graduation
Application. If you are applying after the deadline, you will need to
download the application
up a copy at One-Stop Student Services. If applying after the
deadline, you will need the signatures of your Advisor and the Dean on the
The MPH degree will
be awarded when the student:
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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