2019-2020 Graduate Calendar

Public Health  
Master of Public Health Dean Peter Tiidus Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies Panagiota (Nota) Klentrou Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Graduate Program Director Brent E. Faught (Health Sciences) Core Faculty Professors Brent E. Faught (Health Sciences), Jian Liu (Health Sciences), Diane Mack (Kinesiology), Martin Tammemӓgi (Health Sciences) Professor Emeritus John Hay (Health Sciences) Associate Professors Jarold Cosby (Kinesiology), Paula Gardner (Health Sciences), Madelyn Law (Health Sciences), Lynn McCleary (Nursing), Jane Moore (Nursing), Miya Narushima (Health Sciences), Jenn Salfi (Nursing), Julie Stevens (Sport Management) Assistant Professors Adam MacNeil (Health Sciences), Carolyn Pietrangeli (Health Sciences) Adjunct Faculty Sinead McElhone (Niagara Region Public Health) Participating Faculty Susan Arai (University of Waterloo), Melissa Blair (The Reputation Group), Ashleigh Miatello (McMaster University) Program Coordinator Izabella Ludwa 905-688-5550, extension 4024 South Block 328 mph@brocku.ca  
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The Master of Public Health (MPH) program is designed to meet the needs of public health professionals, health practitioners and recent post-graduate students with the goal of enhancing theoretical and applied knowledge through course work and a practicum experience. The MPH courses complement the core competencies outlined by the Public Health Agency of Canada, leading to a professional degree in public health. Delivered in an exclusively online format, a combination of synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning techniques will be used to guide instruction and evaluate learning. The curriculum focuses on identifying the interdisciplinary elements required to design, implement and effectively manage public health systems. Research methods and analytical training essential to public health will provide a foundation in the conduct of research that will enhance evidence-based decision making. A unique aspect of the MPH program is its emphasis on infection control through its courses on Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Infection Control, and Epidemiology. The Social Marketing and Health Communication course will examine the complexities of public health administration in today’s technologically driven society. The program addresses the growing need to anticipate, manage and mitigate public health crises. Graduates of the MPH will be prepared to compete for positions in a variety of public health organizations as well as leadership roles in the health sector.  
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Successful completion of a four year Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, from an accredited university in Public Health, Health Sciences, Medical Sciences, Social Sciences or a relevant health field, with an average of no less than 80% (A-) in the last two years of study. Students with a Bachelor’s degree in related fields of business, mathematics and pure sciences may also be eligible, although additional course work may be required. Applicants must have undergraduate preparation and a knowledge-based proficiency in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and have relevant work and/or volunteer experiences in a Public Health organization. The Graduate Admissions Committee will review all applications and recommend admission for a limited number of suitable candidates. This program is offered on a full-time (12 months), as well as part-time (maximum 4 years) basis. Students who have completed courses equivalent to those in the MPH as part of a graduate Canadian or U.S. degree (within the last seven years) may be granted advanced standing, up to a maximum of four half-credit courses, subject to performance. Advanced standing can be assessed during the application review process.  
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Basic degree requirements include the successful completion of twelve (12) half-credit courses, which include a 32-week mandatory Public Health practicum. Seven (7) courses are required courses, and are scheduled in specific terms only, as follows: Fall Term: MPHA 5P01, 5P02, 5P03 and 5P04. Winter Term: MPHA 5P05, 5F11* Spring/Summer Term: MPHA 5P06* Students must complete four (4) half-credit electives selected from the following courses: MPHA 5P07, 5P08, 5P09, 5P10, 5P12, 5P13, 5P14. * Full and part-time students must register for MPHA 5P06 in their final term of study, as a capstone course. Students must complete a Public Health practicum (MPHA 5P11) in conjunction with or preceding MPHA 5P06 to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired during course work of MPHA 5P06 with the learning experiences gained through MPHA 5P11.

Note that not all courses are offered in every session. Refer to the applicable timetable for details.

Students must check to ensure that prerequisites are met. Students may be deregistered, at the request of the instructor, from any course for which prerequisites and/or restrictions have not been met.

 
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Note that not all courses are offered in every session. Refer to the applicable timetable for details. Students must check to ensure that prerequisites are met. Students may be deregistered, at the request of the instructor, from any course for which prerequisites and/or restrictions have not been met. MPHA 5F11 Public Health Practicum Public health practicum in which students will plan, implement and complete a project in collaboration with a healthcare professional organization. Restriction: Only open to Public Health students Note: This course will be completed in conjunction with MPHA 5P06 MPHA 5P01 Quality Health Systems through Collaboration and Partnership Critical evaluation of factors that contribute to high performing public health systems through the lens of collaboration and partnerships. Restriction: Only open to Public Health students MPHA 5P02 Qualitative Research: Interviewing and Beyond The philosophical, epistemological foundations, and practical knowledge and skills of the range of approaches and methods of qualitative inquiry useful for needs assessment, program evaluation, knowledge translation, and advocacy in public health practice. Restriction: Only open to Public Health students. MPHA 5P03 Epidemiology Fundamental principles of epidemiology, including correct posing of study questions, study designs, measurements issues, study implementation, data collection and analyses, and concepts of validity, bias, confounding and correct interpretation of analyses and study results. Restriction: Only open to Public Health students. MPHA 5P04 Critical Foundations of Public Health Foundations of public health, including history, core principles, philosophy, and the social and political forces that influence population health. Restriction: Only open to Public Health students. MPHA 5P05 Biostatistics in Public Health Statistical principles and their applications in public health with emphasis on advanced understanding of multivariate analysis and practical skills in statistical programming. Restriction: Only open to Public Health students. MPHA 5P06 Policy and Practice: Critical Evaluation and Synthesis in Program Planning An examination of the interface between theory, policy, and practice in public health. Students will identify an area within public health central to their interests, establish an understanding of the evidence driving both policy and practice, and demonstrate an awareness of the gaps in the interface. This is a self-directed course, based on adult-learning principles. Restriction: Only open to Public Health students. Note: This course is the capstone course and is completed as the final course in the MPH program. MPHA 5P07 Infection Control Current practices in infection control and prevention of infectious disease, including strategies and emerging issues in vaccination, antimicrobial resistance, and health-care associated infections. Restriction: Only open to Public Health students. MPHA 5P08 Public Health Emergency Preparedness The role of the public health system before, during, and after public health emergencies and disasters. The course is built upon and reinforces the public health competencies required and explores the phases of emergency management including: preparedness; response; recovery; prevention/mitigation of both man-made and natural emergencies from domestic to around the world using a health literacy lens. Restriction: Only open to Public Health students. MPHA 5P09 Measuring Health Equity An examination of the definition of health equity and a critical discussion of the differences between equity, inequality and social determinants of health. The identification and appraisal of indicators/metrics to monitor and measure inequity from a local, national and global perspective. Restriction: Only open to Public Health students. MPHA 5P10 Social Marketing and Health Communication Strategic marketing principles and communication techniques used to influence behavior change to solve social problems within a public health context. Students will be introduced to social marketing theory and practice by: exploring theories of behaviour change; applying techniques such as segmentation, branding and marketing mix; and assessing the planning tools required to develop and implement a social marketing strategy including digital and social marketing. Restriction: Only open to Public Health students. MPHA 5P12 Environmental and Occupational Health Workplace and ecological stressors and processes that increase public health risk, and how these mechanisms influence occupational and environmental health. Restriction: Only open to Public Health students. MPHA 5P13 Economics for Public Health Micro- and macroeconomiceconomic theory and econometric modeling for analyzing decisions made by individuals, health professionals and global governments with respect to public health and the allocation of resources for health promotion, prevention and maintenance. Restriction: Only open to Public Health students. MPHA 5P14 Leading Change in Public Health Foundational theories and concepts from management science with an emphasis on leadership and change management as it applies to the public health sector. Restriction: Only open to Public Health students. MPHA 5P15 eHealth Innovations and Trends Critical issues related to eHealth, including drivers of innovation, developing trends, notable successes and failures. Review and discussion of potential improvements to eHealth as a positive force for change in public health. Restriction: Only open to Public Health students. MPHA 5P99 Public Health Independent Project Independent project which may include an academic- or community-based experiential learning and/or research project, designed and collaborated in consultation with a MPH faculty supervisor. Restriction: Only open to Public Health students.  
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